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The University of Southern Mindanao (USM) participated in the Commission on Higher Education Regional Office XII’s (CHEDRO 12) ASEAN EXPO 2022 as part of its month-long celebration of ASEAN’s 55th Founding Anniversary on September 20, 2022. The theme of the ASEAN celebration, “ACT, Addressing Challenges Together,” aims to build an ASEAN community for the people and ensure excellent higher education for all people across regions. 

CHEDRO 12 Director Nelia A. Alibin, Ph.D., graced the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the KCC Convention Hall of KCC Mall in Koronadal City, with Dr. Zorahaydah N. Panawidan, Ed.D., OIC-Chief Education Program Specialist, and Ms. Annabelle R. Dafielmoto. The Presidents and other HEI representatives also witnessed the said ceremony.

The exhibit showcased the internationalization initiatives and programs of the eight participating higher education institutions (HEIs), including State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and private HEIs in the region.

Professors Bryan Lloyd P. Bretaña and Meldred Semblaceño, Executive Assistants for International Linkages/Programs for Research and International Linkages/Programs for Education, respectively, with Dr. Ardniel A. Baladjay, Ms. Janice M. Bangoy, and Ms. Iena Alcazaren, of USM Extension Services Office, represented USM during the launching of the ASEAN Expo 2022. The activity concludes on September 22, 2022.