University of the Philippines Los Baños
Thursday, 10 March 2016 00:00

UPLB, NU open NU Satellite Campus and hold int’l symposium on the internationalization of graduate education



UPLB and Nagoya University (NU) formally opened the NU satellite campus in the Philippines and held the International Symposium on the Internationalization of Graduate Education at Acacia Hotel in Alabang, Muntinlupa City on March 8.

UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr.  said in his message during the opening program that to be a globally competitive research and graduate university, UPLB must pursue joint programs and collaborative activities with international academic and research institutions. He cited as an example the Philippines Transnational Ph.D. Program for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries being implemented by UPLB and NU.  

UP President Alfredo E. Pascual added that the program takes the University to a higher level and a step closer to being a globalized institution in terms of research and graduate education.  It will also allow experts to build lifelong partnerships with NU without leaving the country. He issued a challenge for UPLB to become a leader in global intellectual conversations of tomorrow.

According to NU president, Dr. Seiichi Matsuo, the Philippine satellite campus and the Transnational Ph.D. program will allow the exchange of students and developments between the country and NU. Access to NUs doctoral program is now easier and possible and the country’s government officials will be able to pursue a Ph.D. degree without leaving their posts. Minister Uchida Hiroyuki from the Embassy of Japan added that the program “will open doors and widen horizons, and distance and travel will no longer be a hindrance.”

In their closing remark Dr. Rhodora V. Azanza, director for International Linkages, said that internationalization should go beyond the exchange of faculty and students. The UPLB-NU partnership “is a good example and an excellent internationalization effort because it will have a multiplier effect. There will be continuous cooperation and creativity by the international faculty and the students, and ensure diversity and excellence in knowledge products.” Dr. Yoshihito Watanabe, NU vice president and trustee, explained that this partnership is also NU’s effort to internationalize their graduate education program and strengthen the exchange of students between the Philippines and Japan.

The opening/launching program was followed by plenary paper presentations.  Speakers were Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. on the topic “Responding to Challenges in Internationalizing the National University: The Case of UPLB,” Dr. Ma. Cristeta N. Cueresma, program head for Graduate Education and Institutional Development of SEARCA, on the “Internationalization of ASEAN Graduate Education for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development;” Mr. Hideto Matsumoto, director for the Office of International Planning, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan, on the “Internationalization of Higher Education in Japan;” Dr. Akiyoshi Yonezawa, associate professor from the NU Graduate School of International Development, on “Mobility and Development of Research and Professional Community in Asia and Southeast Asia,” and Dr. John P. Lambino, senior lecturer at Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Economics on “Internationalization of Graduate Education at GSE Kyoto University: Expanding Academic Collaboration in the ASEAN.”

The two-part event was graced by NU Officials, Dr. Fumio Isoda, director, Asian Satellite Campuses Institute; Dr. Sanae Ito, dean, Graduate School of International Development (GSID),  Dr. Kazuhito Kawatika, dean, Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences and Dr. Editha Cedicol, professor and director, Nagoya University Asian Satellite Campus – Philippines and Dr. Jose V. Camacho, dean of the UPLB Graduate School.

Present during the event were Dr. Cristino M. Collado, president of the NU Alumni Association in the Philippines; Mr. Ronillo O. De Castro, the first scholar to take the Transnational PhD Program for Leading Professionals in the Philippines; Dr. Maragtas S.V. Amante, UP vice president for administration; UPLB officials, namely;  Dr. Portia Lapitan,Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Dr. Serlie B. Jamias, Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs; Dr. Marish Madlangbayan, Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development; NU alumni and scholars; and officials and representatives from various state universities in the country.