Monthly Archives: February 2011

Filipino graduates summa cum laude from doctoral degree in Germany

An alumnus of the University of the Philippines School of Economics and the Erasmus Mundus program European Master in Law Economics, Alfredo R. Paloyo, 29, obtained his doctoral degree with the highest distinction in the Ruhr University of Bochum (RUB), Germany.

After three years at the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics (RGS Econ), Paloyo defended his dissertation, “The Armed Forces and Society: Econometric Analyses of a Military Drawdown and Compulsory Military Service”, on January 29 of this year and graduated with the degree of Doctor rerum oeconomicarum (equivalent to a PhD), summa cum laude.

The RGS Econ is a joint program organized by RUB, the Technical University of Dortmund, the University of Duisburg–Essen, and the Rhine–Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI).

His dissertation dealt with two themes: (1) an impact analysis of the German military base realignments and closures and (2) the labor-market and human-capital effects of compulsory military service in Germany. His supervisor is Prof. Dr. Thomas K. Bauer of RUB and RWI. His previous works have been published at Defence and Peace Economics and the European Business Organization Law Review.

The 2002 (B.S., cum laude) and 2005 (M.A.) alumnus of the UPSE entered the RGS Econ in 2007 after completing the European Master in Law Economics (LL.M.), an Erasmus Mundus program of the European Commission. The EMLE was jointly awarded to Paloyo by the Erasmus University of Rotterdam (Netherlands), University of Hamburg (Germany), and the University of Bologna (Italy).

He graduated as the best student of his EMLE cohort and also earned the award for the best thesis for his work, “Minority Foreign Ownership of Filipino-Controlled Corporations: An Exploratory Study”. His thesis was supervised by Prof. Ronald J. Gilson of the Stanford Law School and Columbia University’s School of Law.

Paloyo was previously a Teaching Fellow at UPSE, an Assistant Professorial Lecturer at De La Salle University Manila, and a Research Associate at the Institute of Human Rights of the UP Law Center. Currently, he is a researcher at the RWI, evaluating the minimum-wage policy in the construction sector for Germany’s Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.

His father, Wilfredo N. Paloyo of Camalig, Albay, and mother, María Lourdes R. Paloyo of Tuguegarao, Cagayan, are both self-employed. His brothers are Dr. Siegfredo R. Paloyo, a Clinical Associate Professor at the Philippine General Hospital and a member of the kidney transplant team of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, and Wilfredo R. Paloyo, Jr., a Metadata Specialist for the Dow Jones Corporate Media Group in Barcelona, Spain. Both his brothers are also graduates of UP.

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Survey of Erasmus Mundus students and alumni

The purpose of the longitudinal survey is to measure the impact of Erasmus Mundus on the career prospects and on personality of students’ and alumni.

This year the survey contains additional questions on employability. The reason for that is that the Commission wants to have more specific insights in the career development of alumni, including the measures taken by Erasmus Mundus courses to enhance student employment perspectives.

Participants in the survey would greatly help the European Commission. The more people fill in the questionnaire the more usable are the survey results, so that the EC can further strengthen the focus of the Erasmus Mundus programme on employability.

Filling in the questionnaire will take max 20 minutes for students and max 25 minutes for alumni. As a sign of appreciation, 45 online bookstore vouchers of EUR 50 are offered as prizes.

As a student or graduate of Erasmus Mundus you are the one who knows the most about the programme! Tell us about it!

The survey will be open until March 10th, 2011.

[via EMA website]

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European Union Higher Education Fair, February 16, 2011, RCBC PLAZA

Do you want to pursue your Master’s and Ph D Degrees in any of the European Union countries?

Get more information about your dream destination to study in the EU. Join us at the EU Higher Education Fair on 16 February 2011 at the La Salle Hall of the De La Salle University, at the 4th floor of the RCBC Plaza/Tower II!



A presentation of the European Union and the RCBC Plaza

British Council

Embassy of France

Embassy of Germany and Goethe Institut

Embassy of  Italy and Philippine-Italian Association

Embassy of Spain and Instituto Cervantes

Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines

With support from the EU Cultural Group in Manila

Oh my, Official Online Media Partner


11:00 a.m.  to 12:00 noon    STUDYING  IN SPAIN

Speakers:  Mr Javier Menendez, Spanish Embassy

Ms Isabel Fernández, Instituto Cervantes

12:00 noon to 1:00 pm STUDYING IN FRANCE: Programs, Scholarships and

Being a Foreign Student in France

Speaker: Ms Kyla Monique Alas, Embassy of France


Speakers: Mr Philip Arejola, Erasmus Mundus Scholar, Master in Global Studies

Atty. Dashell Yancha, Erasmus Mundus Scholar, MA in Human Rights Practice

Ms Rita Bustamante, EU Delegation to the Philippines

2:00 to 3:00 pm STUDYING IN GERMANY

Speakers:  Ms Davina Dy , German Embassy

Mr  Helmut Frielinghaus , Goethe-  Institut and DAAD

Mr Jed Tabamo , DAAD Scholar, Masters Degree in Spatial Planning for regions in Growing Economics

3:00 to 4:00 pm STUDYING  IN ITALY

Speakers: Ms Emanuela Adesini, Italian Embassy

Ms Cristina Moricca, Philippine-Italian Association


Speakers:  Mr Alec Ladanga, British Council

Mr Mike Cabigon, British Council

Attendance is free on a first-come, first-served basis!
RSVP by 11 February 2011:

Thelma Gecolea, Public Affairs Officer, EU Delegation to the Philippines

Phone 8595124. Mobile 09209441371. Email

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