There’s a question I have been asked regarding living here in the Philippines a time or two in the past. The shortest answer is, a heck of a lot less than an equivalent school in the US. But that’s not a very specific answer, is it? Also, you can always get into a veritably endless argument about what an ‘equivalent’ school is, are Philippine colleges and universities ‘up to snuff’, is a Philippine degree any good anywhere else … the list goes on.
Well I can tell you this. There is no Stanford or Harvard in the Philippines. There are, however, plenty of worthwhile schools and many are enough ‘up to snuff’ to sit the rest of the world.
Speaking of Harvard, for example, a great many top level Filipino lawyers have their law degree from the University of the Philippines, Ateneo Law and other ‘name brand’ schools here and have gone on to graduate work at Harvard without missing a beat academically. So, as with any endeavor, pick carefully.
But many just wonder about getting an undergrad degree at the lowest reasonable cost, and very important in today’s world, choosing a field of study that is relevant and might live on into the future. I mean how many folks are going to colleges with business programs today that teach 2007 or before methods of how to get rich on Wall Street investing in sub-prime mortgages and other banal ‘get rich without producing anything’ crap like that?
Here’s an interesting piece that might open a few eyes. Not only is the coursework about agriculture (building for the future and literally helping to solve world hunger and unemployment, but the cost is just about as reasonable as it can be. Zero. Walang. Free, Gratis.
They say there are no opportunities for young people in the Philippines. But they say wrongly, or so Dave opines:
How to go to college for free
By Neal Cruz Philippine Daily Inquirer First Posted 03:08:00 06/10/2009
So you can’t afford to go to college? Take a course in agriculture for free. There is a P100-million scholarship fund in the budget for students who will pursue a course in agriculture. The scholarship is good for the four years of the course, provided you don’t flunk any of your subjects.
This was revealed by Sen. Loren Legarda at the Kapihan sa Manila last Monday….
Read the rest of Mr. Cruz’s Go To School In the Philippines For Free article.