The local government’s Sister Cities Program gains another feat with the signing recently of a memorandum of understanding between our very own University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) and two universities in China – Xiamen University of Technology (XUT) and Harbin University of Science and Technology (HUST), focusing in the field of education and research
Under the auspices of the Sister Cities Program, USTP and HUST signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of education and research, faculty development/scholarship, exchange of academic materials and publications, faculty exchange for research, lectures, seminars and discussions, student exchange for study and research, and promotion of other academic cooperation as mutually agreed. Academic areas for partnership are in architecture, information technology, information and data science, engineering and technology, mathematics and sciences, English language and literature, education and other spheres of mutual interest.
For starters, HUST has already allotted a minimum of two slots of full scholarships for USTP faculty under the Chinese government scholarships.
USTP and XUT also signed an MOU for joint educational and research activities, faculty development, exchange of academic materials and publications, faculty and student exchange. Academic areas for partnership are in applied mathematics and sciences, computing and information science and technology, electrical engineering, electronics and communication engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering, civil engineering, architecture, chemistry and environmental engineering, automation, arts and education.
USTP officials led by Dr. Rosalito A. Quirino, OIC-President, USTP System, visited China from July 9-14 this year. With him were Dr. Ruth G. Cabahug, Chancellor, USTP CDO, Dr. Consorcio S. Namoco Jr., Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, and Dr. Herbert Glenn P. Reyes, Executive Assistant to the President for External Affairs, USTP System.
“USTP embarks on strategies that will enhance the visibility of the university in the international landscape, particularly the higher education landscape, and gain international recognition as a science and technology university,” the university’s strategic plan states.
It is in this light that USTP accepted the city government’s encouragement for it to explore international partnerships and collaborations with prestigious universities in its sister city Harbin and Xiamen where the city enjoys strong friendship ties.
Cagayan de Oro and Harbin in China are sister cities while the city and Xiamen observe special friendship ties. Through the years, there have been regular exchange visits of official delegations between our city and Harbin, and with Xiamen, too.
The Misamis Oriental Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. has been the local government’s partner in nurturing the ties between Harbin and Xiamen. In particular, the city government recognizes the guidance of Mr. Greg Lao of MOFCCCI in steering the relationship to where it has reached now.
The local government’s sister city program serves as the platform to build the foundation and trust necessary to foster international understanding and cultivate international friendship in the pursuit of partnerships in trade, economic and human resource development, including culture and the arts. ### (Oro-TIPC)