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SOLAIR organizes seminar with Japanese foundation

SOLAIR dean Jonathan Sale (podium) speaks at the 14th Shared Growth Seminar.

(May 28)—The School of Labor and Industrial Relations (SOLAIR) in cooperation with the Sekiguchi Global Research Association (SGRA) held and hosted the 14th Shared Growth Seminar: The Urban-Rural Gap and Sustainable Shared Growth” last April 26 at the SOLAIR’s Isabelo de los Reyes Auditorium.

Co-organized by the UP College of Architecture, the UP Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Philippine Center for Water and Sanitation, the seminar aims to “contribute to the achievement of sustainable shared growth in the Philippines.”

It brought together experts from inside and outside the country to discuss a wide range of topics, from creating sustainable landscapes and humanizing resettlement housing programs to helping rural communities adopt to climate change.

Some 80 registered participants from various academic fields presented over 20 papers during the one plenary and two parallel sessions, the largest so far.

Aside from SOLAIR faculty, also present at the seminar were participants from the College of Architecture, College of Business Administration, the Mechanical Engineering Department of the College of Engineering and UP Los Baños.

This is the second collaboration between the SGRA and SOLAIR, which hosted the 13th Shared Growth Seminar in December 2010. SOLAIR provided the use of its facilities and staff for the 14th Shared Growth seminar.

The two organizations signed a memorandum of agreement organizing the seminar inside the Asian Center compound last April 25.

Among the results of the seminar was the selection of some 14 participants to attend the 1st Asia Future Conference to be held in March 2013 in Shanghai, China.  

According to seminar co-organizer Dr. Max Maquito, the seminar will hopefully encourage “mutually enriching collaboration among the different disciplines in the UPD … Having a broad-based collaboration towards a compelling vision…would harness our country’s untapped potential.”—AKR