UP Visayas partners with U.S. university for exchange program and research
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Iloilo City, November 20, 2018 – The University of the Philippines – Visayas inked an agreement with the Golden Gate University of San Francisco, California, USA to establish a mutually beneficial academic cooperation.
The partnership was formally launched by UP Visayas Chancellor Dr. Ricardo Babaran during the Partners’ Meeting with U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Deputy Chief of Mission John Law at the Marriott Hotel. The agreement includes the establishment of an exchange program for students, faculty, researchers and administrative staff. It also includes the pursuit of collaborative research projects and the conduct of lectures and symposia, among others.
“I believe these are great avenues to gain more knowledge and skills, learn innovative practices, and broaden cultural and social horizons,” said Deputy Chief of Mission John Law during the meeting.
Golden Gate University is California's fourth oldest private university, with 5,000 students and representing more than 68,000 alumni. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs in business and management, accounting, taxation, and law.
“The collaboration will allow UPV's management faculty to grow and create new pathways for the university to support its mandates,' according to Chancellor Ricardo P. Babaran of UP Visayas.
The partnership is an offshoot of a successful short course on sustainable urban development held in September in this city organized by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project and UP Visayas. The SURGE Project invited urban development expert Dr. Joaquin Gonzalez III, chair of the Executive Master of Public Administration Program of Golden Gate University, to talk about best practices in urban design to more than 100 city planners, local officials, professors and students from Iloilo and other cities.
With the support of the SURGE Project and Golden Gate University, UP Visayas intends to set up an Urban Development Learning Center that will offer multi-disciplinary programs to local governments and private sector practitioners in the Visayas region.
Over the years, USAID, through various projects, helped strengthen the academic and economic growth of Iloilo City and the Iloilo province. UP Visayas has been a constant partner of USAID in streamlining the business permits and licensing processes of the city government, in conducting studies contributing to investment promotion, and in improving the competency of the city government in resilient urban planning. Faculty members and researchers of the university are also recipients of various USAID research grants.