Social Science Major Wins 2014 Erasmus Mundus Scholarship

August 04, 2014

Patrick Edward Balisong, a third-year AB Social Science major (with minors in Cultural Heritage and  History), has been named one of five Ateneo students slated to receive full scholarships to study in Europe under the Erasmus Mundus Mobility in Asia (EMMA) Program.

The scholarship provides for round-trip air fare, insurance, and a monthly stipend that will cover accommodation and every other cost related to his stay at the host institution. Patrick will spend six months in his chosen school, the Università degli Studi di Padova in Italy, and will take courses in social change and urban community development, all of which will be credited as part of his course requirements here at the Ateneo.

The other four Ateneo EMMA grantees, all juniors, are Jonalyn Campos (BS Communications Technology Management), Anna Dominique Melgar (BS Management Information Systems/MS Computer Science), Babe Niryll Nalda (AB/MA Political Science), and Robert Alfie Pena (MS Electronic Engineering).

Patrick and the other Ateneans bested many Filipino applicants in terms of their academic credentials, co-curricular work, leadership potential, and a “motivation essay” submitted as part of the application process. In that essay, Patrick cited the work of a professor in Padova that inspired one of his social science course papers. He also expressed interest in the University’s work in fusing sociology and history in their academic life.

Patrick’s long– term plan, he writes, “has always been to re-enter the university as a faculty member and do extensive research on developmental sociology, especially that which concerns the Philippines and finding solutions to its problems.” His acceptance to the Erasmus Mundus Mobility Program, he adds, will make him “a better student, a better scholar, and a better person.”

Congratulations, Patrick! Do us proud!