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The Pangasinan State University once again showcased the pride of Pangasinenses and Ilocanos to the global arena as it took part in the 1st International Research Conference on Global Citizenship Education (GCEd) held at the Boracay Island on October 4-6, 2023.

Bannering the theme ‘Traversing Global Citizenship Education in the New Normal: From Research Innovations to Impactful Actions’ the three-day international gathering brought together researchers, experts and advocates to tackle the emerging issues and trends on GCEd and other transformative education initiatives in the ASEAN context.

The 1st IRCon GCED highlights the efforts of GCED in mainstreaming and developing related concepts and strategies through various research, best practices and learning materials and is designed to provide platform for international collaboration and cooperation for teachers’ knowledge exchange and capacity building.

The event was organized by the Philippine Normal University – GCED Cooperation Center Philippines, Commission on Higher Education and Asia-Pacific Center of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU) in partnership with the Department of Education, Provincial Government of Aklan and the local government of Malay.

PSU, being the GCEd Regional Hub, was represented by University focal persons to include: Vice President for Research, Extension, Innovation and Gender and Development Dr. Razeale G, Resultay, Campus Executive Director Dr. Liza L. Quimson and the Director for Student and Alumni Affairs Prof. Celeste T. Mercado.

The PSU delegates presented a research study, a glimpse on various GCEd initiatives in PSU and participated in meaningful discussions on how GCEd is taking course in the institutions.

Global Citizenship Education (GCED) was created as UNESCO’s response to the challenges of human rights violation, inequality, peace security and poverty. It is a strategic area of UNESCO’s Education Sector program and builds on the work of Peace and Human Rights Education. It aims to instill in learners the values, attitudes and behaviors that support responsible global citizenship: creativity, innovation, and commitment to peace, human rights and sustainable development.

UNESCO collaborates with an extensive global network to disseminate GCED. It can be remembered that PSU was selected as Region 1 Hub for GCED during the two-day Signing of Memorandum of Agreement and Launching of GCED Philippines Network gathering held at the Swiss-Belhotel Blulane in Manila in October 2022.

PSU , led by University President Dr. Elbert M. Galas, and touted as the region’s premier state university of choice, was established not only to explore innovations and improve work but more evidently , to serve as a BRIDGE in addressing these global concerns.