UPV links with Indonesian embassy for academic and cultural collaboration
The Center for West Visayan Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines Visayas conducted a forum entitled “ From Palembang to Iloilo: Exploring Prospects for Knowledge and Cultural Exchange on September 28, 2015 at the Training Room of the Graduate and Continuing Education Building of UP Visayas, Iloilo City campus.
Mr. R. Toto Waspodo, Minister Counselor of the Embassy of Indonesia to the Philippines emphasized his interest to explore connectivity and cooperation with UPV and pursue collaboration in research, culture and other academic endeavors.
Vice Chancellor for Academic affairs, Prof. Emilia Yap welcomed the Indonesian counterpart and the participants of the activity. Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog joined UPV officials in the welcoming the guests.
The papers presented were on the following topics: 1) “Doing Research in Indonesia: Notes from the Field,” by Dr. Rosalie Arcala Hall of the Division of Social Sciences, UPV; 2) “Locating Palembang and Iloilo in the Sino-Southeast Asian Pre-Colonial Encounter” by Dr. Randy Madrid of the Center for West Visayan Studies, UPV; 3) “Cooperation and Collaboration: Opportunities and Challenges” by Dr. Ari Siswanto, Sriwijaya Centre of Excellence, University of Sriwijaya, Indonesia; and “The Origin of Power Variations? Comparing Executive Power during Democratic Transition in Indonesia and the Philippines" by Prof. Brian Ventura, Northern Illinois University and UPV.
Prof. Jorge Ebay, Director of the Center for West Visayan Studies gave the synthesis of the papers and enumerated ways of going forward in this collaboration. College of Arts and Sciences Dean Resurreccion Sadaba gave the closing remarks. Representatives from various schools and universities in Iloilo City and other parts of the region participated in the event.
By: Anna Razel L. Ramirez