After four years of careful planning, a new milestone has started for five overseas Filipinos in the UAE. They brought the first Filipino higher education institution to the host country.
The Power of 5–Rex Bacarra, Rommel Sergio, Ben Lebig, Francis Medina, and Nino Decenorio–brought the Southville International School and Colleges in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.
Bacarra, an international educator, described the institution as a ‘first of its kind for Filipinos in the UAE.’
He also revealed that it will be managed by ‘the most respected and award-winning Filipino educators in the UAE.’
“It will offer the most affordable fees in the UAE with the highest educational quality,” he added.
Southville International School and Colleges was ranked by the Edukasyon PH as the top international schools in the Philippines in 2020.
“It has been granted an autonomous status by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), which is the highest recognition that the CHED can grant to a private higher education institution,” Bacarra said.
“Personally, this is the culmination of years of service in education and as a person who believes that nothing, indeed, is impossible. For overseas Filipino parents and young ones, there is no need to grow further apart,” he further added.
The Ras Al Khaimah campus is expected to operate next year.
“Today marks a milestone for the legacy we have been pushing in the past four years.Be amazing, be Southville!” Sergio wrote in a Facebook status.
Meanwhile, Lebig, also on Facebook status, said that the milestone is a ‘birth of legacy.’
“Filipino families need not be separated from each other. Quality higher education in the UAE is now attainable to those who seek it. Now Filipinos in the UAE and the Gulf have an educational institution they can call their own,” he wrote.
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