University of the Philippines Los Baños



UP and Nagoya University (NU), through President Alfredo E. Pascual and UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. and NU President Seiichi Matsuo, respectively, have inked an agreement for UPLB to host the Nagoya University Asian Satellite Campus (NUASC) through the UPLB Graduate School.

This agreement makes the Philippines the eighth country to host the NUASC through which the Transnational Doctoral Programs for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries will be implemented. This will enable Filipino doctoral candidates to enroll in NU doctoral programs without having to be physically present in Nagoya for the whole duration of the course.

The agreement was formalized at the Executive Conference Room in BM Gonzalez Hall, UPLB on Dec. 2. Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., dean, Graduate School and Dr. Fumio Isoda, director, Nagoya University Asian Satellite Campuses Institute, served as witnesses of the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA).

In a speech delivered during the MOA signing, Chancellor Sanchez said that the partnership has made stronger the long standing and mutually beneficial relationship that UPLB has had with NU and brings it to a new level.  President Pascual affirmed this, saying that the partnership is a culmination of a fruitful history of collaboration between UP and NU. He commended Chancellor Sanchez and Dean Camacho for the realization of the NU satellite campus saying that partnerships with leading universities like NU will help UP become a research-intensive university.

For his part, President Matsuo expressed deep gratitude to UP and UPLB for making the collaboration possible. He said that the transnational doctoral program will enable government leaders to pursue their Ph.D. without suspending their careers in the Philippines.

After the MOA signing, the group proceeded to witness the groundbreaking ceremony for the Graduate School International Student and Cultural Center building. The building, which will be located near the Japanese Torii Garden, will host GS offices and other facilities for the graduate students, as well as the  NUASC.

Also pesent during the proceedings were Katsuya Ishihashi, trustee of NU; Fumio Isoda, director of the Asian Satellite Campuses Institute of NU; Kazuhito Kawakita, dean of the NU Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences (GSBS); Akira Yamauchi, professor at GSBS and director of the International Cooperation Center for Agricultural Education; Sanae Ito, dean of the Graduate School of International Development (GSID); Takeshi Higashimura, professor at the GSID; Editha C. Cedicol, designated professor and director at the NU Asian Satellite Campus-Phils; Sayuri Watanabe and Yuko Odake, both administrative staff of NU; and Watanabe Haruka, administrative staff of the NUASC-Phils.

Hon. Alexis Mejia, member of the UP Board of  Regents; Atty. Hector Dany Uy, UP vice president for legal affairs; Dr. Portia Lapitan, vice chancellor for academic affairs; Atty. Florinida Blanca, officer in charge of the UPLB Legal Office; Dr. Raden Piadozo, Dr. Isabelita Pabuayon and Dr. Willie Abasolo, deans of the Colleges of Human Ecology, Economics and Management, and Forestry and Natural Resources, respectively, also witnessed the MOA signing.

The UPLB Graduate School is celebrating the anniversary of its foundation day with the theme “Responding to the Challenges of a Research and Graduate University.” It will also launch the 1st Internationalization of Graduate Education for Agricultural and Rural Development (GEARD) 2016 International Conference. (JMBo)