USTP forges collaboration with Indonesian University
By Diane Therese C. Esmade, USTP System STRATCOMM & Dr. Ramir Philip Jones V. Sonsona, Communication Coordinator of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for External Affairs, USTP System
As part of its goal to strengthen partnerships with other academic institutions, the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) inked its partnership with the Sanata Dharma University (SDU) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in a ceremonial signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on June 16, 2023, via Zoom.
The SDU is an esteemed Catholic, research, co-educational higher education institution run by the Indonesian Province of the Society of Jesus with great dedication to God in service to humanity.
This collaboration between USTP and SDU will provide opportunities for the faculty members of both universities in the fields of languages, sciences, technology, education, mathematics, educational planning administration, and other fields of specialization. In addition, this international linkage will also open doors for undergraduate and postgraduate student and staff exchange programs, collaborative workshops, training, webinars, fora, and community engagement, among others.
The SDU was represented by Rev. Fr. Albertus Bagus Laksana, PhD along with the SDU’s Vice-Rectors, Deans, and Chairs.
In attendance during the MOU signing are USTP key officials namely, Dr Ambrosio B Cultura II, System President, Dr Maria Elena L Paulma, VP Academic Affairs, Engr Erich P Abad, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Services, Dr Jocelyn B Barbosa, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Engr Reuel C Pallugna, Presidential Asst for External Affairs.
Also present were Dr Grace S Pimentel, Dean, CSTE, Dr Lorena M Taglucop, Chairperson, Department of Teaching Languages, Dr Ramir Philip Jones V Sonsona, DTL faculty and Communication Coordinator, USTP System and with active support from DTL and CSTE faculty members.
The USTP looks forward to this collaboration toward advancing quality higher education not only in the Philippines but also alongside other ASEAN countries that promote the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) # 4: Quality Education, which ensures inclusive and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all.