Monthly Archives: March 2010

EMA Jobs Team Entrepreneurial Challenge

The EMA Jobs Team Entrepreneurial Challenge is a business plan competition designed to support the entrepreneurial spirit and resources of EMA. The specific aim of this initiative is to catalyze job creation, and support EMA members who are engaged in income generating ventures. This initiative aims to stimulate and support EMA members looking for an alternative to finding a position in a company, organisation or institution.

As this is the first year that the JTEC will be running the scope is focussed on stimulating and supporting the entrepreneurs amongst EMA’s members. It is hoped that with EMA’s support the JTEC will become a full fledged yearly initiative at EMA over the coming years.

The Jobs Team challenges all EMA entrepreneurs, regardless of location or business nature, to send us their best business plans for a chance to win up to €500 to support your own business. In the final round the winners will be selected by a multination panel of judges consisting of industry leaders and experts in business success and will receive a certificate co-signed by the judges. Submission deadline is on 17 April 2010.  For full details, please click here: Entrepreneurial Challenge.

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From A to B contest for young media enthusiasts


European Alternatives, Youth Press Italia, Youthmedia and EYP are looking for your Vision of Mobility in Europe! Where do you come from, where are you going, and why? What moves you? A and B are variables, and it’s up to the YOU to fill them with life. Tell us a European “From A to B“ story. A story about people who move around the continent. A story about love, travel, work, study or anything else you consider to be connected to mobility in Europe.

Youth Media enthusiasts aged 18-35 living in a country in geographical Europe can apply until 20th of April 2010. Submissions can be a Text, a Photo, a Video or an Audio file in English or any official language of countries in the Council of Europe. The contest winner will be awarded with a Trip to Bologna to attend and report on the activities of Transeuropa Festival. Additionally the winner with the best Audio or Video submission will get an Adobe® Software packet (Creative Suite® and Photoshop). The winner in the Photo category will win an Adobe® Photoshop package and the winner in the Text category will get 250 Euro.

All entries can be submitted at For further information on the contest go to, or

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Recap: 2nd Erasmus Mundus Leadership Seminar

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2nd Erasmus Mundus Leadership Seminar

College and graduate students, professionals and all interested in governance and Erasmus Mundus scholarships for study in Europe are invited to attend the 2nd EM Leadership Seminar at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Makati this Wednesday, 3 March 2010, 2pm. The seminar is supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines.


Message from Ambassador Alistair MacDonald, Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines

Atty Carlos Medina, Jr., Legal Network for Truthful Elections
Ms Nayia Barmpaliou, Political and Human Rights Officer, Delegation of the European Union to
the Philippines
Dr. Temario Rivera, Center for People Empowerment in Governance

Q and A

PART II:  Erasmus Mundus Journey
Ms. Abigail Yao, Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association – Philippines Chapter

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XU hosts EU’s Climate Change Forum and more

Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan hosted a series of events co-organized with the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines and the Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association-Philippines Chapter. The events were conducted at the Xavier University main campus last February 16, 2010.

The day’s events kicked off with the opening of the “Fighting Climate Change” exhibit mounted by the EU Delegation and the Philippine Center for Photojournalism. The exhibit was opened by Ambassador Alistair Macdonald, Head of the EU Delegation; Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula and XU President, Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, SJ. The venue of the exhibit was the STC Lobby and it stayed at XU until February 19.

The exhibit opening was immediately followed by the forum “Climate Change Adaptation Strategies and EU Initiatives” at the XU Little Theater. Ambassador Alistair Macdonald and Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula gave their respective messages at the onset of the program. The forum featured a line up of presenters which included: XU President Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, SJ, who discussed climate risk reduction focusing on adaptation approaches; EU representative Mr.

Matthieu Penot, who presented EU’s climate change adaptation programmes in the Philippines; and EU Philippine partner Ms. Mayet Alcid, who expounded on disaster risk reduction. An open forum followed the talks, giving the government personnel, journalists, and individuals who participated in the event a chance to raise their concerns to the speakers.

In the afternoon, the First Erasmus Mundus Leadership Forum in the Philippines and in Mindanao was held. It was divided into two parts.

The forum on “Advancing Citizen’s Rights via Political Education” was the topic of the first part. It featured the presentations of Dr. Ma. Elizabeth Soriano (XU Governance and Leadership Institute) who talked about youth voters’ education; Mr. Eddie Cuaresma (National Youth Commission) who discussed the role of the youth in nation building; and Victoria Melissa Pulido (XU student leader) who shared her insights on democratic citizenship. The primary aim of the forum is to deepen the understanding on the role of the youth in this year’s national elections.

The second part was the presentation of the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Programme. It highlighted the Erasmus Mundus journey of Shiella C. Balbutin, a CoMundus scholar (2005-2007) and faculty member of the XU Development Communication Department. She shared her personal account of her EM experience and provided tips on how to avail the scholarship.

Majority of the audience were from XU and the rest were students and faculty members from the Central Mindanao University, Mindanao State University-Naawan, Mindanao University of Science and Technology, Pilgrim Christian College, and Capitol University.

The afternoon activity was jointly organized by the Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association-Philippines Chapter. (Special thanks to Hyacinth J. Tagupa, XU Student Journalist)

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