SSC Manila, UPLB-OIDHE sign MOU on Academic Partnership
St. Scholastica’s College Manila (SSCM) and the University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding formally establishing the academic partnership of the two institutions. With the primary objective of increasing academic and educational collaboration, the MOU is expected to strengthen the ties of the institutions in the areas of faculty development, research collaboration, and the promotion of other academic endeavors. The activity, led by UPLB Office for Institutional Development in Higher Education (OIDHE), was held on August 27, 2021 via Zoom.
The event was attended by Dr. Jose Camacho, Jr. (Chancellor of UPLB), Sr. M. Christine Pinto, OSB (SSC Manila President), Dr. Greg Pawilen (Director of UPLB OIDHE), and other administrators from the different educational institutions. Aside from the school president, SSC was also represented by Mo. Mary John Mananzan (VP for External Affairs), Dr. Virginia Fornias (Dean of College), and Dr. Elise Bernadette Limson (Director of Center for Research and Development).
The program was formally opened by curriculum studies and development expert Dr. Greg Pawilen as he gave his welcoming remarks followed by the respective school heads’ messages. In her message, Sr. Christine Pinto, OSB of St Scholastica’s College Manila, highlighted the importance of the partnership with UPLB in the exploration of various academic endeavors and development of programs of the school. She mentioned about the College Unit’s ongoing plan of opening a BS Environmental Studies program which is being prepared with UPLB’s assistance. She also raised that SSC, as UPLB’s first women’s college partner, can assist the university in view of programs related to gender and development.
Also present in the activity were Northwestern University (NWU) president Atty. Ferdinand S. Nicolas, Saint Tonis College, Inc (STCI) president Bishop Elorde M. Sambat, and Wesleyan University-Philippines president Judge Benjamin Turgano.
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