3 Filipina students nab honors at UK university

by Danny Buenafe, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau chief

Posted at Nov 09 2012 03:34 PM | Updated as of Nov 10 2012 07:38 AM

WALES - Three Filipina students emerged as the Top 3 out of almost a hundred students taking up Applied Computing course at the Glyndwr University in north Wales.

It was a sweet and overwhelming experience for Filipina students Regina Santos, Jessica delos Reyes and Joanna Rose Pasaoa, who graduated last weekend.

Their parents, who could barely afford to send them to university, could not attend their daughters' commencement ceremonies.

Top of the class was Santos, who received a student prize from the prestigious British Computer Society.

Both delos Reyes and Pasoa also garnered first class honors.

All three were former students of Southville Foreign University in the Philippines that offered them a chance to enroll in Wales with a corresponding registration fee of 6,500 pounds or roughly P450,000. The fee includes free accommodations for a year.

“Sobrang overwhelming ng feeling, at the same time, I feel so blessed po talaga kasi its only by Gods grace na nakapunta kami dito,” said delos Santos

The three were already offered jobs in the UK but a new policy from the UK Home Office has taken effect, banning the issuance of post-study visas.

While they want to remain and work in the UK, the Filipina students are scheduled to go home this week and will temporarily look for jobs in Manila.

Their long-term plan is still to work abroad.

“Kahit hindi kami nakakuha ng work I’m sure in the future magiging ok na po kami,” said Santos.

Pasaoa, for her part said, “Balak ko po sanang maghanap ng work doon (Manila). Magwo-work po muna, magiipon para rin po makabayad ng utang”.

Faculty at Glyndwr University are dismayed over the UKBA ruling, saying its a shame to shut off opportunities for deserving international students like Santos, delos Reyes and Pasaoa.

Reeling from a global crisis, the UKBA has authorized firms to stop sponsoring work visas for migrant workers especially those who already graduated from universities.

Some university professors will lobby with local MPs and try to influence an amendment to certain provision of the UKBA policy.

To sustain their daily needs while studying for a year in Wales, the three students were given teaching jobs and were even asked to create websites for the school.