University of the Philippines Los Baños
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 00:00

UPLB trains new int’l relations officers

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"Strengthening UPLB's internationalization initiatives allows the University to further improve student and curricular competitiveness. It also allows us to diversify our faculty profile and strengthen our research and knowledge production."

This is how Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez Jr. explained the importance of enhancing the University's international profile in his welcome remarks during the "Training-Workshop on Internationalization for International Relations Officers (INROs)" on April 10 at Hotel Dominique in Tagaytay City.

The activity was attended by newly appointed INROs who were selected from among the faculty members of UPLB's 11 colleges and schools. The INROs are expected to help the Office of International Linkages (OIL) in coordinating the University's internationalization activities and in reporting such endeavors to UP System's overall OIL.

They are part of UPLB's Committee on Internationalization, which is headed by Dr. Simplicio M. Medina, director of OIL. Dr. Medina spoke on UPLB internationalization and highlighted the future contributions of INROs to the University's internationalization agenda.

During the training-workshop, the INROs were taught how to explore and forge new partnerships, and how to eventually formalize such agreements. They also learned how to implement and report internationalization activities. All of these topics were discussed by Roselle V. Collado, program development associate at OIL and a faculty member at the Institute of Statistics.

Meanwhile, Dr. Aaron Joseph L. Villaraza, officer-in-charge of UP OIL, introduced the UP System international scholarship, fellowship, and exchange programs for UP faculty members, staff, and students. Also present was Frenchly Joyce Caspe, senior project assistant at UP OIL, who oriented the INROs on using the UP Internationalization Portal.

The UP System-wide online portal integrates each constituent university's data on international endeavors, such as academic agreements, student and faculty mobility, and international collaborations.

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Students Gabrielle Anne Posa and Rajee Florido and public relations staff Juan Paolo Aquino shared their experiences as participants of exchange programs in Korea and Japan. Aquino, who handles the University's visitors' program and media relations, also talked about how the University takes care of its visitors. The training-workshop was organized by UPLB OIL. (Juan Paolo A. Aquino)