University of the Philippines Los Baños
Friday, 04 December 2015 00:00

Int’l student center soon to rise in UPLB; GS launches 2016 int’l grad educ conference



             What was once a silent and unoccupied area at the back of the Graduate School (GS) Building will soon become the site of a modern hub for graduate and international students of UPLB.

It will be called the Graduate School International Student and Cultural Center Building, as officially announced during the groundbreaking ceremony on Dec. 2.

UP System, UPLB, and Nagoya University bigwigs were present during the occasion, which served as one of the highlights of the School’s 43rd founding anniversary.

               UP President Alfredo E. Pascual and Vice-President for Legal Affairs Hector Danny D. Uy joined UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., Graduate School Dean Jose V. Camacho, Jr., and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Portia G. Lapitan in the traditional groundbreaking ceremonies.

               Also present in the groundbreaking ceremony were Japan’s Nagoya University top officials, namely President Seiichi Machuo,Trustee Katsuya Ichihashi, Satellite Campus Institute Director Fumio Isoda, and Dean Kazuhito Kawakita of Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences. They were also joined by Dr. Cristino M. Callado, president of Nagoya University Alumni Association Philippine Branch.

All of them were also present during the signing of the academic cooperation MOA to establish Nagoya University’s Asian Satellite Campus Institute at UPLB. The satellite campus’ headquarters will be housed in the new Gradate School building once it is completed (Please see related story).

The series of activities that the GS held to celebrate its foundation anniversary also included the launching of the International Conference on the Internationalization of Graduate Education for Agricultural and Rural Development (IGEARD) 2016 during the thanksgiving dinner.

Dean Camacho, who led the launching of and made the initial call for papers for the IGEARD, said that the Conference “aims to gather scholars to examine academic programs, mobility programs, institutions, innovations and practices created to cope with globalization and internationalization of graduate education” in relation to agriculture and rural development.

IGEARD is supported by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEAMEO-SEARCA) and the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Studies in Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Other UPLB officials, faculty members, staff, graduate students, and guests gathered at the GS Building to witness both the groundbreaking and the IGEARD launching ceremonies.

Past GS director and deans also graced the occasion, namely  Dr. Fernando A. Bernardo, Dr. Rita P. Laude, and National Scientist Dolores Ramirez. (Mark Jayson E. Gloria)