Fahly S. Poblete, a current student of Bachelor of Education Studies, will be attending the 6th Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) Rectors' Conference and Students' Forum (ARC6), which will address the topic of "Future Universities and Graduate: Quality Education Beyond the Horizon" from October 9-12 at Singapore.

Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is an intergovernmental non-profit organization, founded on 1997 through the initiatives of members of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). The Organization promotes understanding, strengthens relationships and facilitates cooperation among the people, institutions, and organizations of Asia and Europe. It also enhances dialogue, enables exchanges and collaboration across the thematic areas of culture, education, governance, sustainable development, economy and public health (www.ASEF.org).

Fahly majors in instructional design and technology under the Bachelor of Education Studies program at the Faculty of Education in University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU). Currently, she is also a program development officer of a non-profit organization, Global Peace Foundation (GPF) that engages the government, civil society, and private institutions to advance sustainability and peace through its community development programs.

She believes that attending the Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) Conference and Student's Forum is a great opportunity for expanding the network and further knowledge. She is looking forward to learning from the diverse speakers as well as delegates from the 51 member countries of the ASEM. She would like to contribute in addressing relevant issues, especially in the policy recommendations that can shape the higher education landscape in Asia and Europe.

"I am curious on the potential reforms to the current landscape of Higher Education knowing that our global economy has become knowledge-driven and digital", she added.

As a UPOU student, her experience helped a lot in picturing the possibilities of the future. She stated that the institution made a great contribution to the "expansion of access and equity in higher education for learners around the world through its innovative instructional strategies and technologies". The subjects she takes and the discussions she experiences, together with the diverse people at UPOU, aided her to be exposed to philosophical education, as well as the technological advancement, which is beneficial on the issues raising worldwide.

Fahly proudly speaks about the educational services that University extends:

"Let's maximize the potential of open education that UPOU is offering. By taking this opportunity so we can achieve our own educational goals, we also help the world gain a greater capacity to solve its challenges".

(Eunice del Rosario)