Technological Institute of the Philippines

Ralph Rae Glindo: Global UGrad Grantee and Dean's Lister in US university

Ralph Rae R. Glindo, a 5th year Environmental Engineering student of the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.), was chosen as one of the four Filipino students to receive the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program scholarship for School Year (SY) 2014-2015. Early January, Glindo was sent as an exchange student to Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) for the spring 2015 semester where he took up Pre-Environmental Engineering.

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program, a scholarship grant under the Fulbright Scholarship Program administered by the Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF), is awarded to outstanding students from non-elite and underrepresented groups in East Asia. According to Glindo, his experience through the scholarship made him see the world in a new light.

“It gave me a broader perspective in life and made me realize that I need to be adaptive and sociable with people of different cultures and personalities. It really opened me up to a lot of new things,” he said. “I also realized that despite the difference in the method of instruction there in the US, in terms of the courses’ difficulty level, T.I.P. is at par with them,” he added.

Glindo successfully completed the all-expense-paid exchange program in May 2015 attending four (4) courses namely: Science & Technology of Solar Energy, Hazardous Waste Remediation, Sustainability in Engineering, and American National Government. Receiving A, A, B+, and B+ grades in his respective courses earned him a slot on the Dean’s List of the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering (WCE).

In recognition of his outstanding academic performance, T.I.P. President, Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz, awarded Ralph Rae with a full scholarship in T.I.P. QC for the 1st semester, SY 2015-2016.

When asked what advice he could give other younger T.I.P. students who would also like to be Global UGrad scholars, he said, “There’s a bigger world out there so don’t be afraid to try new things, bigger things. When you see a good opportunity, seize it.”

Glindo is set to graduate from T.I.P. this coming October 2015. He plans to work first in the Philippines and hopes to explore other opportunities including taking a master’s degree abroad.

“T.I.P. harnesses the students’ abilities in solving everyday problems and rational thinking that is why I strongly believe that our graduates are well-equipped to compete head to head with other nationals abroad,” he concluded.