UNO-R and AIT discuss possible int’l collaboration in research, academics

Delegates from the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos met with the top administrators of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand, to discuss possible collaboration in the areas of research and academics (which include student and faculty exchange), Apr. 19. The discussion involved collaboration in the areas of Engineering and Business, since AIT is known to specialize in these areas, being one of the leading schools in Thailand. AIT President Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto said how the collaboration is an essential nature in the growth of academic institutions, emphasizing on how the collaboration is an “Exposure to the reality, exposure to the different environment and different cultures; this is very much important. That’s why, in this kind of international institute, we promote this kind of collaboration.” Engr. Ashraf Khater presented quick facts about the University, emphasizing accreditation and certification areas as well as the current intention to move forward with the endeavor of internationalization. Rev. Fr. Romeo Ben Potencio, Jr., OAR, vice president for Academics and Research also shared a brief history of the Augustinian Recollects. Rev. Fr. Leo Alaras, OAR, vice president for Identity, Formation, and Mission, as well as the director of the Internationalization office, emphasized on the sustainability element as a crucial focal point in the collaborative endeavor. The Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs, Prof. Nitin K. Tripathi, was able to share possible points of collaboration after learning the strong areas that UNO-R are engaged. He suggested possible initiatives, which would kick-start the collaboration among the two institutions. These points of collaboration heavily banked on student and faculty exchange. Rev. Fr. Joel Alve, OAR, university president, expressed his gratitude to AIT by sharing how “With a shared commitment to academic excellence and innovation, this partnership holds immense promise in propelling our institution towards greater heights of success and impact.” “Whether it be promoting quality education, advancing healthcare solutions, or combating climate change, our collaborative action has the potential to make a tangible difference in the lives of people around the world. Thus, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all those involved in making this benchmarking initiative a reality,” he added. Dr. Agnes Sequiño, consultant to the Internationalization Office, connected the University with AIT, which would springboard the many initiatives that would increase the coverage of the University in the international landscape. The participants from AIT also included Dr. Sumana Shrestha, director of International Affairs and Mr. Sanjeet Amatya, the director of Public Affairs. The UNO-R delegation also met with representatives from the Yunus Center, where social enterprise solutions were presented as areas of collaboration. Of the numerous projects presented, some highlights involve women empowerment in the Power sector and the transformative role of the social business framework in the promotion of impact. (news and Photos by Ashraf Khater, RDO Director)