(April 18)—The Adama Science and Technology University (ASTU) led by Dr. Tolla Berisso, ASTU’s Vice President for Academic Affairs who represented ASTU’s president, Prof. Dr. Jang Gyu Lee, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD) through Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma on April 18 at the Office of the Chancellor in Quezon Hall to establish academic cooperation, capacity building and cultural exchange between the two universities.
As stated in the MOU, the areas of cooperation of the two universities shall include training and exchange of faculty members; interdisciplinary training and exchange of students; joint PhD program; cooperation in research activities; curriculum development; organization of seminars and academic meetings; and other activities as mutually agreed.
The MOU signing marks the first time that UPD established an educational linkage with an African university. ASTU is a university located in Ethiopia, the second-most populous nation in Africa. According to its website, the university is run by the Ethiopian Federal Government which was first established in 1993 as Nazareth Technical College, offering degree and diploma level education in technology fields. It became a full-fledge university in May 2006.
Among the witnesses during the MOU signing were Dr. Aura Matias, UPD College of Engineering (CoE) dean, and Dr. Ato Fikadu Wakjira, ASTU School of Engineering dean.
Also present were Dr. Ronald S. Banzon, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Dr. Menandro S. Berana, CoE Associate Dean for Graduate Instruction and Research; Dr. Rhodora M. Gonzales, CoE Associate Dean for Institutional Linkages; and Dr. Cristine Villagonzalo, Office of Extension Coordination director. —H.C.P.