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UP and Nagoya University (NU), through President Alfredo E. Pascual and UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. and NU President Seiichi Matsuo, respectively, have inked an agreement for UPLB to host the Nagoya University Asian Satellite Campus (NUASC) through the UPLB Graduate School.

This agreement makes the Philippines the eighth country to host the NUASC through which the Transnational Doctoral Programs for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries will be implemented. This will enable Filipino doctoral candidates to enroll in NU doctoral programs without having to be physically present in Nagoya for the whole duration of the course.

The agreement was formalized at the Executive Conference Room in BM Gonzalez Hall, UPLB on Dec. 2. Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., dean, Graduate School and Dr. Fumio Isoda, director, Nagoya University Asian Satellite Campuses Institute, served as witnesses of the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA).

In a speech delivered during the MOA signing, Chancellor Sanchez said that the partnership has made stronger the long standing and mutually beneficial relationship that UPLB has had with NU and brings it to a new level.  President Pascual affirmed this, saying that the partnership is a culmination of a fruitful history of collaboration between UP and NU. He commended Chancellor Sanchez and Dean Camacho for the realization of the NU satellite campus saying that partnerships with leading universities like NU will help UP become a research-intensive university.

For his part, President Matsuo expressed deep gratitude to UP and UPLB for making the collaboration possible. He said that the transnational doctoral program will enable government leaders to pursue their Ph.D. without suspending their careers in the Philippines.

After the MOA signing, the group proceeded to witness the groundbreaking ceremony for the Graduate School International Student and Cultural Center building. The building, which will be located near the Japanese Torii Garden, will host GS offices and other facilities for the graduate students, as well as the  NUASC.

Also pesent during the proceedings were Katsuya Ishihashi, trustee of NU; Fumio Isoda, director of the Asian Satellite Campuses Institute of NU; Kazuhito Kawakita, dean of the NU Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences (GSBS); Akira Yamauchi, professor at GSBS and director of the International Cooperation Center for Agricultural Education; Sanae Ito, dean of the Graduate School of International Development (GSID); Takeshi Higashimura, professor at the GSID; Editha C. Cedicol, designated professor and director at the NU Asian Satellite Campus-Phils; Sayuri Watanabe and Yuko Odake, both administrative staff of NU; and Watanabe Haruka, administrative staff of the NUASC-Phils.

Hon. Alexis Mejia, member of the UP Board of  Regents; Atty. Hector Dany Uy, UP vice president for legal affairs; Dr. Portia Lapitan, vice chancellor for academic affairs; Atty. Florinida Blanca, officer in charge of the UPLB Legal Office; Dr. Raden Piadozo, Dr. Isabelita Pabuayon and Dr. Willie Abasolo, deans of the Colleges of Human Ecology, Economics and Management, and Forestry and Natural Resources, respectively, also witnessed the MOA signing.

The UPLB Graduate School is celebrating the anniversary of its foundation day with the theme “Responding to the Challenges of a Research and Graduate University.” It will also launch the 1st Internationalization of Graduate Education for Agricultural and Rural Development (GEARD) 2016 International Conference. (JMBo)

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          Public service underlies all the duties and responsibilities of the University. This was essentially the message of Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., in a talk he gave to the participants of the 1st Colleges and Universities Public Service Conference (CUPSCon1) held at the UP Open University in Los Baños, Laguna. He highlighted this in relation to a statement by former UP President Emil Q. Javier that “everything we do in UPLB is public service.”    

With the theme “From the ivory tower to the communities: engaging society with commitment and expertise,” the CUPSCon1 brought together public service and extension practitioners from various state universities and colleges (SUCs) and higher education institutions (HEIs) in the country.

Chancellor Sanchez discussed the public service tradition of UPLB during the plenary panel session on the second day of the conference on Nov. 27.

                “Instruction, the primary function of higher education institutions, is perhaps our most significant public service contribution. By offering world-class education to the country’s best and brightest, we shape them to become future nation-builders,” Chancellor Sanchez added.

He showcased the long-running public service programs of UPLB, such as the technology transfer endeavor of the National Farmer-Scientist Training Program and the voluntary service of UPLB’s Ugnayan ng Pahinungod, among others.

Chancellor Sanchez also identified several administrative issues that plague public service programs among SUCs and HEIs. He proposed steps on how to improve public service not only in the UP System but also among colleges and universities.

Joining Chancellor Sanchez in the plenary discussion were Dr. J. Prospero E. De Vera III, UP vice-president for public affairs, and Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., Graduate School dean.

Dr. De Vera recognized the diversity of UP’s public service programs. He emphasized the need to see the “whole picture” of UP’s public service efforts through UP Padayon’s coordinating mechanism among constituent universities. On the other hand, Dr. Camacho focused on UPLB’s off-campus graduate programs with different institutions as one of the University' effective ways of public service.

The two-day Conference also gathered key UP System and CU officials, including UP President Alfredo E. Pascual, UPOU Chancellor Grace J. Alfonso, UP Diliman (UPD) Social Sciences and Philosophy Dean Grace Aguiling-Dalisay, UPD Extension Director Aleli Bawagan, and UPLB Pahinungod Director Katrina Ross Tan.

CUPSCon1 featured parallel sessions on various topics that fall under public service, such as education, literacy, and training; climate change and environmental protection; local government empowerment; and technology-based development, among others. The Conference was organized and supported by UP. (Mark Jayson E. Gloria)

 

 

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Photo from Ms. Lisa Dizon 

Prof. Rex B. Demafelis, vice chancellor for research and extension, received the Manila Water Foundation Prize for Engineering Excellence in awarding ceremonies at the Intercontinental Hotel in Makati City on Nov. 24.

The Manila Water Foundation, in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology, established the award to honor engineers and scientists “who manifest excellent engineering competence with outstanding passion and commitment to the development of communities that champion water, sanitation, environment, and sustainability.”

In his nomination of Prof. Demafelis,  Dr. Manolito Bambase, chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering (ChE)  said that the former embodies the University’s tri-fold functions of instruction, research and extension.  

To date, Prof. Demafelis has mentored 1,500 BS and MS students and researchers. As chair of the ChE department from 1997-2003 and 2005-2008, he spearheaded the upgrade of its curricular programs and implemented various infrastructure projects.

He has conducted research and extension work in wastewater treatment and biogas production. His research team has pushed for the advancement of biofuel production using alternative feedstock like sweet sorghum, malunggay, vutalao, macro and microalgae, Jatropha curcas, coconut oil, used frying oil, palm oil, Napier grass, and cassava.

His research and development work in biofuels produced linkages with government agencies, policy makers and foreign academic institutions in the USA, Canada, Australia, Argentina, India, Spain, and Japan.  

Prof. Demafelis has assisted 17 schools and 9 cities on their “plant and equipment design” program. He also brought his knowledge on biofuel production to the grassroots level through extension work and public service. He has published 28 articles in refereed journals and 91 in non-refereed journals.

Among the other prestigious awards that Prof. Demafelis has received are: the 2015 Phil. National Academy of Science & Technology Best Paper Award; 2014 UPLB Outstanding Researcher in Natural Sciences; 2013 Outstanding Chemical Engineer of the Philippines in the Academe; 2010 Regional Commission on Higher Education RePublica Award; and 2004-2012 UP Presidents’ Academic Distinction Award for International Publications. (MC Jadina)

 

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              Dr. Teodoro C. Mendoza, Professor 12 and UP Scientist 1 at the Crop Science Cluster, College of Agriculture (CA-CSC), has bagged the Association of Agricultural Technology in Southeast Asia (AATSEA) Award for Agricultural Excellent Leader 2015.

               The Thailand-based organization of Southeast Asian scientists confirmed this through a letter to Dr. Mendoza dated Oct. 20, 2015. The awarding rites will take place during the 4th International Conference on Integration of Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in Hanoi, Vietnam on Nov. 27-28.

In his nomination letter, Dr. Leon O. Namuco, professor at the CA-CSC, emphasized Dr. Mendoza’s advocacy on organic and sustainable agriculture and highlighted his 30 years of experience in working with civil society to promote sustainable agriculture and rural development in both the upland and lowland areas. This includes his co-founding of the farmer-scientist partnership Magsasaka at Siyentipiko para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura (MASIPAG) in 1986. As of 2013, MASIPAG already has 30,000 farmer members and has collected and maintained more than 1,300 traditional rice varieties.

               “Dr. Mendoza is one of the leading advocates and practitioners of small-scale diversified organic agriculture in the Philippines. Having been born to a small farming household motivated him to do actual farming. He does not simply preach, but walks the talk,” explained Dr. Namuco.

As a faculty member, Dr. Mendoza has successfully instituted courses on farming systems, ecological agriculture, and the special topic on energetics of crop agriculture. He has published 71 papers, including 27 ISI journal articles. During his stint as its chair of the board of editors, the Philippine Journal of Crop Science received its ISI accreditation in 2009.

He represents the academic community to the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Rice Research Institute. He has also been awarded with the SEARCA Professorial Chair for AY 2015-2016. In 2010, the Climate Change Commission bestowed upon him the Fr. Neri Satur Award for Environmental Heroism.

Dr. Mendoza earned his BS Agriculture and MS Agronomy from UPLB in 1976 and 1979, respectively. He obtained his Ph.D. in Agronomy from UPLB and the University of Florida, USA in 1985. (Mark Jayson E. Gloria)