University of the Philippines Los Baños
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 00:00

Chancellor Sanchez presents UPLB’s internationalization initiatives

Chancellor Sanchez outlined UPLB’s initiatives in the light of internationalization and of the need for inter-university collaboration on the second day of the UPLB Graduate Faculty Conference on Feb. 16 at the Tagaytay International Convention Center.

Chancellor Sanchez showcased the upcoming construction of the Graduate School International and Cultural Center (Phase 1), which he said is proof of UPLB’s aggressive recruitment of international students as ASEAN Integration unfolds. He also presented the Graduate School’s offering of off-campus master’s programs, such as development management, information technology, and recently, entomology.

This was in response to the discussion of Dr. Rhodora Azanza, UP assistant vice president for academic affairs and director for internationalization, on UP being a National University with international dimensions.

Dr. Azanza shed light and guidance on UP’s direction in internationalization and the essence of inter-university collaboration. In the open forum, she said that UP should be ready as internationalization is the way to go at this time.

Leaders of three other UP campuses also presented their internationalization and collaboration initiatives and plans at the conference.

UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita D. Padilla cited the success and challenges of putting up the Philippine Genome Center (PGC), an inter-constituent university (CU) collaborative program among UPLB, UP Diliman, and UP Manila. Chancellor Padilla, who is also the executive director of PGC, emphasized the essence of sharing resources among UP campuses.

UP Visayas Chancellor Rommel C. Espinosa, on the other hand, drew inspiration from other CUs’ milestones to transform the UPV’s Graduate Program Office to a full-fledged Graduate School like that of UPLB. He also reiterated UPV’s active participation in the establishment and implementation of the Professional Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management, a new inter-CU program offering with UPLB and UP Diliman.

Dean Liza D. Corro, who heads UP’s newest autonomous campus, cited UP Cebu’s collaboration with UPLB in adopting and offering master’s programs in mathematics and computer science. According to Dean Corro, UP Cebu is developing its niche in information and communication technologies and creative design. With this goal, she expressed the need for more collaboration with other CUs in terms of strengthening its faculty and graduate offerings.

SEAMEO-SEARCA’s graduate education and institutional development program head Ma. Cristeta N. Cuaresma was also present in the conference to discuss international opportunities in the ASEAN that UP must maximize. Dr. Cuaresma is a graduate faculty of UPLB who currently holds a seconded appointment at SEAMEO-SEARCA. 

The two-day conference was capped with parallel sessions during which the participants discussed issues on and recommendations for graduate faculty development, mentoring, quality assurance, dual and joint programs, the emergence of K-12 in basic education, and the proposed straight BS-MS Economics program. (MJE Gloria)