I warmly welcome you to the Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU) community
– one of the Philippine’s fastest growing and progressive educational institutions at present.
As the University has fully embraced and implemented an Outcomes Based Education (OBE) educational delivery system in all of its campuses, OLFU is more than confident and resolute in meeting the challenges of the ASEAN 2015 Educational Framework as well as adhering and complying with the innovations brought about by the shift of Basic Education (Preschool to High School) to K to 12 model.
As freshmen students entering OLFU for the 1st time in June 2016, you will be endowed with the necessary skills and knowledge, to be universally recognized by all ASEAN member states and the entire ASEAN Economic Community, as equivalent to their own graduates. Quite simply, by the time you complete your degree programs 4-5 years from now, you as OLFU alumni will be qualified to take professional licensure examinations and practice as licensed professionals in any ASEAN member country,without the need for further studies or training, in contrast to what is required at present. This international alignment of academic curricular is expected to eventually go beyond the borders of the ASEAN neighborhood,independently allowing you to practice your profession and pursue further studies if so choose, in North America, Europe and other countries which has previously considered Filipino graduates as subordinate to their own.
As you are about to embark on this wonderful journey, there are three key messages I would like to offer in the way of advice to guide you in getting the most of the Fatima experience.
First: Take full advantage of the breadth and depth of intellectual opportunities provided by this institution.Experiment. Take intellectual chances. Don’t be afraid to participate in university activities in areas where you have no background or experience.
Second: The ultimate University experience is more than taking the required set of courses to graduate; it also involves being actively engaged in the life of this community. Whether it is intramural sports, in student organizations or in campus journalism; involvement in these activities will significantly enhance your learning experience during your stay. It will also help you develop leadership and interpersonal skills, and prepare you for being an active and concerned citizen in the communities in which you will live and work in the future.
Third: Work hard, take your studies seriously, and have fun.
You, my dear students, are the ones who will eventually be the leaders of tomorrow. Use your time well with us so you acquire the knowledge and skills to be successful. And with those words, and those messages, in mind, let me again welcome you to Fatima.
Caroline Marian S. Enriquez, MD, Ped.D.
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