Orientation for International Students and Filipino Students Residing Abroad

17 & 24 July 2020 | via Zoom Videoconference

The Ateneo Internationalization for Mindanao (AIM) Office conducted the Orientations for International students and Filipino students residing abroad in the Higher Education Unit last 17 and 22 July 2020, respectively. 

With the virtual learning set-up in the university, the program was conducted through a Zoom videoconference. This is the first virtual activity organized by the AIM Office for the students. To break the ice, several games and getting-to-know activities were played in the first part of the program. 

Afterwards, a comprehensive talk on The New Normal: An Orientation to Ateneo’s Virtual Learning Community was given by Fr. Ulysses A. Cabayao, S.J., the Assistant to the Academic Vice President for Online Education. After his talk, Fr. Cabayao also engaged in a sharing of experiences by the students for the first month of a purely online schooling. The shared experiences–both good and bad–were taken into consideration for a better conduct of the online learning.

It was then followed by an informative talk about the AIM Office and its Programs by Mr. Vinci R. Bueza, Director of the Ateneo Internationalization for Mindanao Office. Mr. Bueza discussed the ongoing programs of the International Office, as well as the upcoming programs for the students such as (1) monthly kumustahan sessions; (2) technical writing course for international students, and (3) visa assistance services–to name a few.

For the third talk in the international students’ orientation,  Mr. Renz Allan S. Lacorte, President of Samahan ng mga Mag-aaral ng Pamantasan ng Ateneo de Davao, the official student government of the Higher Education Unit of Ateneo de Davao University, presented SAMAHAN and its Programs. Mr. Lacorte discussed the activities and advocacies of SAMAHAN and how to be part of it. The ADVOCASIX – or the six main advocacies of SAMAHAN – includes (1) climate action; (2) mental health; (3) rural poor; (4) good governance; (5) youth empowerment and leadership; and (6) peacebuilding.

The last talk was about the International Students’ Concerns discussed by Mr. Sukhpreet Singh, International Students’ Representative to the SAMAHAN Multi-Sectoral Council. Mr. Singh initially gathered the concerns of his fellow international students and assisted them on how it can be solved and who is the responsible office for their concerns. This was then followed by an open discussion of other concerns and suggestions through a breakout session.

The orientations–both for the international students and Filipino students residing abroadended successfully after AIM Director, Mr. Vinci R. Bueza, gave a synthesis of the program and a closing message. This is just the beginning of informative and entertaining sessions planned by the AIM office for the students of Ateneo de Davao University.


Panag-uban: AIM Leadership Camp 2020

24-25 January 2020 | Eden Nature Park and Resort, Davao City

The AIM Leadership Camp 2020 will be dubbed as Panag-uban – the Visayan term for camaraderie. The central theme of the camp revolves around the word camaraderie or the trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together. It aims to strengthen the bonds of Ateneo International Students not only with each other but also with themselves being honed as leaders for Mindanao.

On the first day of the camp was jam-packed as four leadership formation sessions were given. The first session was entitled Who Am I? My Self-Awareness and Personhood was discussed by Dr. Gina R. Lamzon, Assistant Director of Center of Psychological Extension and Research Services (COPERS). It was then followed by a talk on The Mindanao Contexts: Historical and Current by AIM Director – Mr. Romulo Vinci R. Bueza.

During the afternoon sessions, the participants learned about the topics of Leadership and the Common Good and Leadership and Global Citizenship from resource speakers Mr. Lunar T. Fayloga (Chairperson, Theology Department) and Ms. Ivy Jane A. Torregosa (Volunteer, Cardoner Program) respectively. All these brain boggling sessions was followed by a physically challenging Amazing Race course. Later in the evening, the participants bonded together in a heartwarming Solidarity Night program.

On the second day, the session on ADDU sui generis Leadership was discussed by Arrupe Office of Social Formation Director, Ms. Lilibeth L. Arcena. The final synthesis was given by AIM Director Vinci Bueza in a form of group and subgroup sharing.

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International Students' Orientation and General Assembly

29 November 2019 | Conference Room D, 3/F CCFC Building

Last 29 November 2019, the Ateneo Internationalization for Mindanao (AIM) Office conducted the International Students Orientation and General Assembly at the Conference Room D, 3/F CCFC Building.

Twenty-one (21) international students from the undergraduate and graduate programs attended the assembly. They were given an opportunity to get to know everyone through a series of ice breakers, creative introductions, and team activities. The program was officially started with an Opening Remarks given by Academic Vice President, Dr. Gina L. Montalan. It was then followed by a Message from the Office of Student Affairs delivered by OSA Assistant Director, Atty. Ira Calatrava-Valenzuela.

AIM Director, Mr. Romulo Vinci R. Bueza, also introduced the functions of AIM and its programs intended for the international students. In celebration of the Mindanao Week of Peace, Theology Chairperson – Mr. Lunar T. Fayloga – gave a talk entitled Mindanao and Our Quest for Peace to give a context to the international students about the peace situation in Mindanao.

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