The program between Far Eastern University Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (FEU ITHM) and Bay River College, Canada continues to be a transformative experience, offering its students with academic credentials, practical experiences and opportunities to build their futures in Canada.

As part of the program, students engaged in cooperative learning, completing over 600 hours of work in tourism and hotel establishments in Banff, Calgary, and Alberta. The hands-on experience provided them with skills and insights into the industry, ensuring they are well-prepared for their future careers.

The first commencement exercises of the program took place last June 3 at the Rundlestone Lodge in Banff. Students who participated in this program received their degree diploma from FEU and a one-year diploma from Bay River College.

“Pursue your Canada dream for you and your family. But never forget your roots, your Filipino culture, values, customs, and traditions,” said Dr. Harold Bueno, dean of ITHM, to the graduates.

“I will never get tired of thanking Far Eastern University and Bay River College for this lifetime opportunity. This helped me grow into the person I am now,” said Kyla Serapon, one of the graduates.

During the event, Dr. Arshad Mahmood, CEO of Bay River College, announced a 100-percent success rate for student approval in extending their work permits by two years. This extension allows students to apply for permanent residence within the same period, paving the way for a promising future in Canada, he said. He also emphasized the significance of this achievement, highlighting the dedication and hard work of the students and the faculty involved in the program.

ITHM Dean Harold Bueno (rightmost) with the first batch of graduates of the FEU-Bay River College twinning program.  Photo by: ITHM