CSU forges int’l collaboration with Kochi university of Japan
posted 10-Mar-2019  ·  
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The Catanduanes State University (CSU) led by President, Dr. Minerva I. Morales, forged recently its international collaboration for education and research with the Kochi University of Japan.

Professor, Dr. Satoshi Kubota, a faculty of the Kochi University, Japan and lecturer in the masteral and doctoral courses in agriculture and marine sciences visited the CSU on February 21, 2019, his third so far, during the formal staging of the international collaboration which is also being facilitated by the CSU’s Research, Extension and Production Affairs under Vice-President, Dr. Lily P. Custodio and the Research and Development Services (RDS) Office under its Director, Dr. Jimmy T. Masagca.

The activity was held at the CSU Accreditation Center with the presence of other key university officials and Chiefs of Offices led by Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Maria S. Tugano, Vice-President for Administrative and Financial Affairs, Prof. Ma. Theresa E. Sarmiento, the Deans of the different Colleges, the Directors and the Chiefs of Offices, the Director for Continuing Professional Development Services, Dr. Joseph G. Zafe, and the Director for Climate Change Solutions in the Pacific Islands, Engr. Jhomann U. Socito.

The strengthening of collaboration forged during the said activity was intended to respond to the changing landscape of Philippine Higher Education brought about by the challenges of globalization. Dr. Morales said that this activity is spreading the academic landscape of CSU, as she stressed that Kochi University shares the same current with that of the province of Catanduanes. She also added that with this collaboration, the CSU would address its leveling gap to a notch higher from its status now in the SUC leveling.

Dr. Morales likewise said that this is likewise strengthening the internalization initiatives of the university as she reported that presently, the CSU has a faculty member, Prof. Kristian Aldea, who is pursuing his Ph.D. in Marine Science specifically on Benthic Ecology at the Kochi University, Japan. She also announced that there are also two undergraduate students now who are representing CSU in the international youth conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, while a cross academic visit of university officials and the Deans would be arranged with Taiwan this September 2019.

For his part, Dr. Kubota said that the collaboration would help accelerate knowledge generation and technical support especially on researches between the two universities. “Collaboration is a must, and the aim of Kochi University is for their students as well as exchange students not to be constrained in the laboratory,” Dr. Kubota said.

Meanwhile. Dr. Jimmy T. Masagca, CSU Research Director, speaking during the occasion, emphasized the different milestones initiated by the Research and Development Services, stating that the Kochi University has for the third time firmed up its tie-up with CSU through personal visit and meeting with its key officials and faculty. He stressed the necessity and significance of this collaboration as this will greatly benefit the research agenda of the institution towards internalization.

It can be recalled that past visits held at the CSU with representatives from Kochi University, Japan, helped strengthen arrangements of an Academic Cooperation between the two universities on the following activities “on a basis of equality and reciprocity” namely: exchange of faculty, researchers and other research and administrative staff; exchange of students; conduct of collaborative research projects; conduct of lectures and symposia; exchange of academic information and materials; and promote other academic cooperation as mutually agreed.

Along with this, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is on its way between the Catanduanes State University (CSU), Philippines, represented by its President, Dr. Minerva I. Morales; and the National University Corporation Kochi University, Japan, represented by its President, Dr. Katsutoshi Sakurai. Dr. Kubota brought with him during his recent visit at CSU the signed MOA of CSU President, Dr. Morales, to his home university in Japan for mutual signing of Dr. Sakurai.

The MOA entitles not more than three exchange students for one academic year of studies in Japan, on condition that “each institution shall accept the exchange students as non-regular students who do not aim at obtaining a degree from the host institution.” Under the MOA, exchange students “shall not pay examination fees, matriculation fees or tuition to their host institution.” 
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