BUTUAN CITY – Some 5,000 Chinese students, mostly high school students from mainland China, will arrive here in Butuan City next year for a one-year English proficiency study, the Butuan City government said.
Butuan City councilor Ryan Anthony Culima told PNA the coming in of 5,000 Chinese students to Butuan City was made possible through local private group, I-Study International.
Culima, chairman of Peace and Order, Security and Police Matters of the Butuan City Council, said local St. Joseph Institute of Technology (SJIT) had already signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with I-Study International for one-year English Proficiency study with the Chinese students.
Culima is also member of the Butuan City Council Committee of Education, Culture and Sports
Two other schools, locally based Fr. Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) and state-owned Caraga State University (CSU) will follow in agreement signing with the Chinese students and I-Study International for the accommodation of the rest of the 5,000 Chinese students who will be arriving first quarter of 2011 Culima said.
Under such agreement, the foreign students will pay tuition fees and other school fees in advanced for one year and jointly develop curriculum for English proficiency that best fit the Chinese students that will be submitted to the Commission on Higher Education or CHED for innovations, corrections and approval.
Culima said that since the number of foreign Chinese students was quite large, the Butuan City government offered a one place, one stay dormitories for the Chinese students where there is easy access to stores, clinics or hospitals, sports, recreation and study facilities.
We already offered the 36 hectares Butuan City Government property in Barangay Tiniwisan where there is already huge buildings that (will) be converted temporarily as dormitories and the large areas to be establish as sports and recreation facilities. This will be rented by them for one year — an extra income for the City Government. The Chinese students are now studying our proposal as they already agreed by principle, Culima said.
Butuan vice mayor Lawrence Fortun confirmed that the Butuan City government, through Mayor Amante, consulted Caraga police regional director Chief Supt. Reynaldo S. Rafal for provision of safety, security and other matters for the 5,000 Chinese students. (PNA) RMA/Ben Serrano/utb