New ties strengthen the connection between Japan and the Philippines as three Filipino students were admitted to the Nagoya University Transnational Doctoral Program for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries. The program is coordinated by NU’s Asian Satellite Campus Institute in UPLB. The entrance ceremony for the three new students was held on Nov 22 at the SEARCA Umali Auditorium.
The three are Dennis Morgia Gilbero from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Albert Christian Sese Suñer from the Philippine Rice Research Institute-Department of Agriculture, who will be studying at the NU Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, and Rhea Mae P. Maningo from Asian Development Bank, for the Graduate School of International Development. The program will allow them to work towards their doctoral degree without having to suspend their career here in the Philippines. The program was made possible through an agreement signed by the UP System and NU last year, establishing the NU satellite campus in UPLB.The event also became the venue for the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and Nagoya University (NU) to venture into a joint research scholarship agreement. With the signing of the agreement, the two institutions agreed to jointly contribute financial support to eight scholars, consisting of four scholars per year, in the fields of agriculture or social development in the Academic Years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.
The institutions will also choose scholars from among mid and senior-level executives of the Philippine government and non-government agencies who are holding permanent positions crucial in implementing plans of action, policies, and good governance programs affecting agriculture at the national, regional and international levels.
Present at the event were Dr. Katsuya Shihashi, Nagoya University Vice President trustee; Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, director of SEARCA; UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr.; Counselor Ken Nakamura from the Embassy of Japan – Manila; Prof. Fumio Isoda, director of the Nagoya University Asian Satellite Campuses Institute, and Dr. Cristino M. Collado, president of the Nagoya University Alumni – Philippine Branch.