Strengthening Relations in the Higher Education Sector

Embassy Officials met the Vice President of the Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation (VMUF) in San Carlos City, Pangasinan, Philippines, to discuss matters relating to the welfare of the Sri Lankan students enrolled at the VMUF on 17th August 2016.

On the sideline of the meeting with the University administration, Embassy Officials also had a discussion with the Sri Lankan students regarding their concerns including Consular matters.

Since 2008, Sri Lankan students have enrolled in the VMUF and currently there are 151 Sri Lankan students following the courses in Medicine and Biology.

Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation is a privately-supported coeducational institution offering courses in the medical and paramedical fields, in liberal and applied arts, sciences, and technical-vocational courses, secondary, elementary and pre-school courses.

More than 4,000 students enrolled at VMUF, coming from a variety of national ethnic, social and religious backgrounds. The international student body, encompassing diverse cultural heritages, provides a distinctive cosmopolitan flavor and continuing opportunity to develop close, warm and genuine human relationship.


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Group photo with Sri Lankan students in VMUF


Sri Lankan students attending the group discussion with the Embassy Officials


Sri Lankan students raising their concerns


Group photo with officials of VMUF and Embassy of Sri Lanka (From left to right: Dr. Ernesto V. Escaño, VP for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gerry Abenilla, Dean of Arts and Sciences (In-Charge of Foreign students), Mrs. Aurora Cariño, Registrar, Dr. Estrella S. Valerio, M.D., M.P.H. Dean of the College of Medicine, Mrs. Aruni Ranaraja, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Philippines, Mrs. Sewwandi de Silva, Second Secretary/Head of Chancery, Mrs. Marina Silva, Attaché