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Internationalization as a major thrust of Carlos Hilado Memorial State University was given impetus in 2017 with the establishment of the Center for External Affairs, now Center for Internationalization and External Relations, where International Education is one of its core mandates. CHMSU believes that international education is one of the best ways for students to build global competence as they meet the challenges of 21st century learning.

At Carlos Hilado Memorial State University, we term our study abroad as TraVerSE Abroad Program, short for Train (internship or training), Volunteer (volunteering or service learning), Study (academic) and Exchange (cultural). TraVerSE Abroad Program is designed as an optional co-curricular and extra-curricular enhancement program for qualified students. The program is administered and facilitated by the Center for Internationalization and External Relations (CIER) in close coordination with the different colleges through their deans, the Office for Student Affairs and Services, the Office of the Registrar and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Membership in Association and Networks

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Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines

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Association of Colleges and Universities in Negros Occidental

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Asian University Presidents Forum


Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology


Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities for Industrial Technology


Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges


Philippine Network of Educators on Environment


State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association


University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific

Students in the International Scene


8 CHMSU Students in Japan for Internship

Eight (8) BS Hospitality Management (BSHM) students from Carlos Hilado Memorial State University (CHMSU) left for Japan for their 6-months internship program at Chuo Food Services Company, Ltd.

The internship program, in collaboration with Asia Development Center Association (ADCA) International Internship and Consultancy Services, is part of CHMSUs Internationalization mandate and effort to produce globally competent graduates.

BSHM students Angela S. Ching, Ma. Queenie L. Go, Angelica T. Posidario, Omar Jay T. Nuñez, Rovinica D. Puzon, and Joab S. Javellana; who will undergo their internship at Chuo Food Services Company, Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan left last January 9, 2020 while BSHM students; Elaiza V. Bugalon and Jay Lynn T. Suico; who will undergo their internship at Chuo Food Services Company, Ltd. in Osaka, Japan left last January 10, 2020.

“We are very much thankful and privileged for the opportunity given to our students for this Japan Internship. This endeavor is very much helpful to our students since our goal is to produce globally competitive graduates”, Nieves A. Barato, Hospitality Management On-the-Job-Training supervisor said.

“We take the move to enhance and develop students to become dynamic and to be able to face challenges in the world of hospitality and tourism industry”, she added.

The students’ final orientation was conducted by ADCA International Internship and Consultancy Services CEO Kazutaka Nakao together with ADCA representatives Florence Delicano and Rosmyl Morante, CHMSU Director for External Affairs Rhoderick K. Samonte, and International Education support staff Rhanee A. Lumanog last January 7, 2020 at CHMSU Talisay Campus.

International Education and Linkages and Partnership are core programs and services of CHMSU Center for Internationalization and External Relations headed by director Rhoderick K. Samonte.

CHMSU sends another student abroad

Carlos Hilado Memorial State University (CHMSU) sends another student abroad via its TraVerSE Abroad Program.

Carla Mae O. Mesa, AB English 3 student, will be studying as an exchange student in Endicott College, Beverly Massachusetts from January – May 2020 under the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) hosted by Fulbright Philippines and sponsored by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and The Philippine-American Education Foundation (PAEF). She left for the US on January 20, 2020.

The Global UGRAD provides a diverse group of emerging student leaders with a scholarship for one semester of non-degree academic study at a U.S. college or university.

“I think it is a privilege that one of our students, Carla Mae Mesa, was able to experience the Student Exchange Program and at the same time comply and support the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order regarding Internationalization,” Jay B. Estrellas, EdD, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences said.

“We are trying to promote the student exchange programs with other countries and this is really an opportunity for her also to see the other side of the world, and at the same time she will be able to learn something regarding the curricular program in that area,” he added.

He also added that he is thankful for the Center for External Affairs (CEA) and its TraVerSE Abroad Program, headed by Rhoderick K. Samonte, for sending students abroad.

The TraVerSE Abroad Program, short for Train, Volunteer, Study, and Exchange, is designed as an optional co-curricular and extra-curricular enhancement program for qualified students.

The program is administered and facilitated by CHMSU Center for External Affairs in close coordination with the different colleges through their deans, the Office for Student Affairs, the Office of the Registrar, and the Office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs.

Eight (8) BS Hospitality Management (BSHM) students from Carlos Hilado Memorial State University (CHMSU) also left for Japan for their 6-months internship program at Chuo Food Services Company, Ltd. last January 9 and 10, 2020.



SSG prexy joins Hongkong youth summit

Talisay Campus SSG president Djonald Andrade attended the Youth Summit 2018 of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) in Hong Kong. He was one of only 10 Filipino students chosen by BFA board member and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Andrade joined other delegates selected from all over the country, including three persons with disabilities from Marawi City. The students were sent so they could experience firsthand the development in China in the last 40 years since it opened its borders to the world.

Jump to 9:00 to listen to Djonald Andrade's radio interview.

Students join engineering camp in Indonesia

Civil Engineering senior students Maybelle Villanueva and Jesse Mae Samos attended the 3rd Asian Vocational and Engineering Camp (AVEC) 2018 last September 9 to 14 at Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia. The theme of the camp was "Optimizing Vocational Eco-School for Transferable Competencies". Villanueva and Samos joined other engineering students from Asia in working group brainstorming sessions. The students were trained to know the development of apprenticeships trends and how to deal with industry 4.0 and the role of vocational eco-school in sustainable development. Villanueva and Samos were supervised by International Education coordinator Rebecca Gegantoni.


Samos (second from left) joins her working group in their presentation of outputs.


Villanueva (second from left) dons her Filipiniana costume as she receives the appreciation packet together with her working group.


The delegates spend their downtime on the steps of Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia.


Tabligan explains his idea for a remotely operated system for watering crops.


Tabligan wins the Best Idea award at AVEC 2017.

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Students fly to Malaysia for engineering camp

Two Civil Engineering students participated in the ASEAN Vocational and Engineering Camp last July 16 to 23 at the Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education, Johor, Malaysia in partnership with Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia. Fifth year student Lendon Tabligan and third year student John Rey Jimenez bested two other students who applied to participate in AVEC 2017. Tabligan went on to bag the “Best Idea Award” for his group’s protoype work on an automatic sprinkler system for plants which can be controlled remotely using a mobile phone. Meanwhile, Jimenez served as the leader of his group whose prototype was dubbed JIPAKU bin, a creative trash solution. Though students were previously sent to Japan and Singapore in 2016, Tabligan and Jimenez were the first students to go abroad through the TraVerSE Program of the Center for External Affairs. TraVerSE stands for Train, Volunteer, Study, and Exchange Abroad Program which is the latest initiative of the College to pursue internationalization.


Jimenez explains the rudiments of their JIPAKU bin to their panel of judges.

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FT student makes top 7 in ASEAN debate simulation

Accounting Technology student Christie Lou Wallace Rodero made it as one of the Top 7 finalists in the S Rajaratnam-Youth Model Association of South East Asian Nations Conference last October 2 to 6 in Singapore. “We were given a max of 5 mins to present our declarations and convince the panel why our assigned issue should be given more focus by ASEAN,” Rodero said. Governed by the debate format, Rodero argued from her assigned state Singapore’s stance on Narcotics.

Rodero simulates being a foreign minister speaking on behalf ofSingapore’s stance on narcotics.
Rodero simulates being a foreign minister speaking on behalf ofSingapore’s stance on narcotics.

Rodero simulates being a foreign minister speaking on behalf Singapore’s stance on narcotics.


Rodero poses with her fellow Philippine delegate Harmony Vien Castidad who is a CHMSC Social Science student.

SocSci student ambassador returns from RP Senate, Japan exposure

Social Science senior Lumyen Castandiello represented the College in the Philippine Model Congress 2016 at the Senate of the Philippines, Pasay City, Manila last November 5 to 6, and in the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths Program 2016 in Japan last November 8 to 15. “During the event, we acted as PH senators and we were tasked to make a bill. After that, we were divided into 5 committees. Each committee discussed the new bills and subjected them for debate using Parliamentary Rules and Procedures. I represented Negros Occidental,” Castandiello said.

In Japan, she worked with other delegates to promote understanding and further discourse on mutual benefits for Japan, ASEAN countries, Timor-Leste, and India.


Castandiello (front row, first from right) relaxes with fellow model congress delegates.


Castandiello enjoys the sights of autumn in Japan as part of the peace building exchange experience.

Faculty & Staff Global Exposure


Educ faculty head delegate to Japan peace project

College of Education faculty Sensei Adorador headed the Philippine delegation to the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) 2017 Social Peace Building Exchange last March 19 to 28 in Tokyo, Japan. Adorador is one of only eight delegates fielded nationwide through a competitive application process, besting around 2,000 other applicants to secure the coveted spot on the delegation. Adorador, a faculty specialist of special education and early childhood education was keen to benchmark on the best practices of the educational institutions that they visited including the Nagasaki University. The said university has a progressive school for children with special education needs, as well as a Center for the Study of Peace and Multicultural Coexistence. Adorador is the first newly hired faculty to go abroad on an international exchange program through his personal application and with assistance from the Center for External Affairs as to his official travel. He will give an echo seminar-workshop to College of Education faculty and students in June in connection to the TraVerSE program of the CEA.


Adorador is flanked by officials of the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE).


Adorador is all smiles with the famous Japanese landmark, the statue of the loyal Shiba Inu named Hachiko.





Educ faculty talks on English communication in Hong Kong

College of Education faculty Vanessa Judith, PhD had the opportunity to be the resource speaker for the Hong Kong Bayanihan Trust's seminar on "Conversational English and Effective Communication" last July 23, 2018, at the Hong Kong Bayanihan Kennedy Town Centre, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong.

The partnership was extended to her through the administrator Tess Ubamos.

According to their Facebook account, the Hong Kong Bayanihan Trust was founded on December 15, 1993, as a registered charitable organization whose aim is to provide vocational, social and cultural activities in appropriate venues for overseas domestic helpers living in Hong Kong.


Judith receives a certificate of appreciation from the Hong Kong Bayanihan Trust administrator Tess Ubamos.


The center stands on a hillside in Kennedy Town, Hong Kong.

New international education coordinator joins CPSC  International Seminar in Nepal

Newly designated Coordinator for International Education and Linkages Rebecca Gegantoni attended the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) and Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) Regional Program and International Seminar last March 6 to 10 at Dhulikhel, Nepal. Gegantoni joined the said seminar on a participant-observer capacity to kick-off her new assignment to coordinate the school's efforts for internationalization and student mobility abroad. Gegantoni is also assistant to the newly designated Director for External Affairs Rhoderick Samonte as regards all things related to international education and linkages.


Gegantoni participates in the awarding of certificates, together with CPSC top management with whom she worked closely as their former professional intern.


Gegantoni enriches her international mindset by savoring cultural experiences in Nepal, here pictured with young Buddhist monks-to-be.





Admin Officer finishes year-long professional internship at CPSC

Administrative Officer II Rebecca Gegantoni finished her year-long professional internship at Colombo Plan Staff College last November 22. The internship program was under CPSC’s Professional Internship Program for International Experience which she began undertaking on November 23, 2015. Among the highlights of her internship were delivering a lecture to the Pukyong National University student interns on the topic “Professionalism: Knowledge, Norms, and Understanding”. She also visited the Universitas Islam Negeri in Raden Fatah Palembang, Indonesia and gave a lecture to over a thousand students from the departments of Science and Technology and Education and Training. Concurrent with her reinstatement on November 29, AO II Gegantoni submitted her PIPIE Internship Report and Certificate of Achievement.


AO II Gegantoni is congratulated by CPSC Faculty Consultant
Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel.


AO Gegantoni talks to a thousand students at Universitas Islam Negeri in Raden Fatah Palembang, Indonesia.





Administrators as Speakers Abroad




Info tech dean talks on cloud computing in India

Institute of Information Technology dean Engr. Manuel Uy, PhD was keynote speaker at the 7th International Conference on Cloud Computing, Data Science and Engineering last January 12 to 13 at Amity University of Noida Utar Pradesh, India.


College president speaks in techvoc confab in Nepal

College President Renato Sorolla, PhD was resource speaker on the topic “The Philippine TVET Qualification System: Issues and Concerns for Implementation” during the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) and the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) Collaborative Regional Program in Dhulikhel, Nepal last March 3 to 11, 2017.

CAS dean symposium speaker on multilingualism in New York

College of Arts and Sciences dean Yvonne Velasco, PhD was symposium presenter in the 22nd International Conference: International Association of World Englishes held at the Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, USA last  June 30 to July 2, 2017.

The conference theme was "Local and Global Contexts of World Englishes".

Velasco presented her paper entitled "The Kachruvian connection: How English language teachers in the Philippines consider the notion of the World Englishes paradigm and its impact on their pedagogy".

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College President forum panelist in Malaysia

College President Renato Sorolla, PhD served as a forum panelist during the Asia Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Experts Forum last July 17 to 18 in Johor Bharu, Malaysia. He shared his experiences in the field of work, under the title “Strengthening ASIA University TVET Networking” on day one of the forum.

The theme “TVET Development for Sustainable Nation Building” looked into establishing the Asia TVET Experts Network and strengthening TVET as a key agenda, particularly in the Asian region. Sorolla also delivered a paper on Arquatecture and Energy care with the topic “The Architect-Author’s Concepts of Arquatecture (Architecture, Aquaponics and Agriculture)”.

He talked about the College’s approach in taking action to rise to the challenges of today’s environmental condition such as energy conservation and efficiency. The College President also contributed to the establishment of the Asia TVET Experts Network (ATEN) which will serve as an association that connects all Experts in TVET. This joint body will meet to discuss current issues related to TVET in higher education from time to time, and get involved in research grants or consultation projects related to TVET.

Other Overseas Engagements



College President attends conferences in Canada

College President Renato Sorolla, PhD attended the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CiCan) Conference and UNEVOC Network Meeting last April 30 to May 3, 2017 in Ottawa, Canada for the Greening Community Program.

He also participated in the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) conference in Halifax, Canada and engaged in discussions around student mobility, exchange and articulation agreements, and other forms of collaboration with counterparts in Atlantic Canada last November 21 to December 1, 2017 covered by EduNova and our Atlantic Canada partners.


College of Arts and Sciences dean Yvonne Velasco, PhD attended the seminar on “CHED-CBIE Adult Education Program” in Toronto, Ontario, Canada last July 7 to 21, 2018.

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