The International Programs Division (IPD) was formally created in 2005 to spearhead the internationalization efforts of Arellano University (AU) and to facilitate the University’s international activities. IPD was tasked with developing, supervising and strengthening the University’s foreign and local partnerships which boost the internationalization thrust of AU. IPD also initiates and oversees the participation of students, faculty and staff ,both of AU and its partner institutions, in international undertakings such as academic training, immersion programs, forums and research. IPD works in close coordination with the Academic Affairs Division and its units, as well as with support offices, to ensure that the delivery of our programs remain at par with international standards .
The flagship program of the IPD is the International Nursing Program (INP) which commenced in 2006, in partnership with Alderson-Broaddus College of Philippi, West Virginia. The program remains the only one of its kind in the Philippines, preparing students for the practice of nursing following American standards while studying in a Filipino setting.
The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement for the International Nursing program with then Alderson-Broaddus College President Stephen Markwood and AU Chairman Francisco Cayco.
In 2007, IPD stood at the forefront as AU’s gates were opened to foreign students who need to undergo language training and who wish to experience Filipino culture. The first batch of students from Guangxi Agricultural Vocational and Technical College (GAVTC) travelled all the way from Nanning, China to take AU’s Business English Program for Non-English Speakers. Since the partnership was forged between AU and GAVTC, more schools from China became interested in sending their students to AU to take the course in fulfillment of their academic requirements. Now, AU is partnered with four Colleges in China for the program.
AU officers, headed by Vice-President for International Programs Mario F. Sales, with officers of Guangxi Agricultural Vocational and Technical College during the renewal of the MOA for the Business English Program.
AU also welcomed Nursing students from Alderson-Broaddus College who studied Filipino culture and healthcare. IPD organized and coordinated the community and cultural immersion of students as they were guided in visiting historical places, partner communities and partner hospitals of AU.
In 2009,AU pioneered another distinct partnership as it collaborated for the first time with an Australian University. AU entered into an articulation agreement with Edith Cowan University of Perth, Western Australia for both our international and local nursing programs. The partnership allows INP students who finish their first three years in AU to transfer to ECU for their final year. It also permits local nursing program students of AU to transfer to ECU for their final two years after finishing the first two in AU. The partnership eventually expanded to include articulation agreements for AU’s School of Business Administration and School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Now, students who take their first two years of the AU Business Administration and Hospitality and Tourism Management courses are eligible to transfer to ECU and obtain Australian diplomas after two years.
These and other collaborations have earned AU the reputation of being an institution with the political will and mechanisms necessary for the formation and successful implementation of international partnerships and programs. At present, the IPD oversees partnerships with institutions from Australia, Canada, China, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Switzerland. The IPD also continues to seek opportunities to collaborate with overseas colleges, universities and institutions that will join us in promoting the exchange of knowledge and culture across different disciplines.