(June 15)—The University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) and the Kennesaw State University (KSU) of Georgia, USA renewed their academic partnership by signing a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on June 14.
The renewed MOA was signed by UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma and Dr. Donald L. Amoroso, KSU International Center for Innovation and Technologies Executive Director, on behalf of Dr. Barry Morris, KSU Vice President for Strategic Initiatives. It aims “to develop academic cooperation and promote mutual understanding between the two Universities.”
This includes activities such as exchange of faculty, researchers and other research, administrative staff and students; collaborative research projects; lectures and symposia; exchange of academic information and materials; and other forms of academic cooperation.
Linkage between the two universities started when Dr. Sergio S. Cao, former UPD Chancellor, and Dr. Betty L. Siegel, former KSU President, signed a 3-year MOA in August 2005 at UPD.
As stated in the first MOA, KSU initiatives will be coordinated through the Institute for Global Initiatives while the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will manage the programs at UPD. These units are responsible “for coordinating with admissions and student services in the preparation of documents necessary for obtaining and maintaining non-immigrant status visas for exchanges.”
The renewed MOA was signed in the presence of Dr. Ronald S. Banzon, UPD Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Dr. Cristine DLR. Villagonzalo, Office of Extension Coordination director hosted the ceremony held at the Office of the Chancellor in Quezon Hall.—H.C.P.