(From left to right) Mr. John Loader, SMI Manager of Human Resource; Dr. Perfecto A. Alibin, USEP president; Dr. Caesar A. Saloma, UPD chancellor; H.E. Bill Tweddell, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines; Dr. Anna Ciccarelli, UQ Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President (International); Dr. Sukarno D. Tanggol, MSU-IIT chancellor; and Atty. Abdurrahman T. Canacan, MSU-GSC chancellor, in a commemorative photo session after signing the Certificate of Partnership at the Executive House on May 11.
(May 17)—The University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) and the University of Queensland (UQ) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in February this year to develop, enhance and maintain “high calibre academic programs in mining engineering, metallurgical engineering, geology and other mining-related fields (including relevant environmental and social sciences) to service the needs of the mining industry in the Philippines, and more specifically in Mindanao, through cooperation in teaching, research and service to the community.”
UPD was represented by Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma while UQ was represented by its vice chancellor and president, Professor Deborah Terry.
The MOU aims to support the capacity-building initiatives of three universities in Mindanao, namely, the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP), Mindanao State University-General Santos City (MSU-GSC) and the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT).
The collaboration among the five universities was formalized with the signing of the Certificate of Partnership (CoP) on May 11 at the Executive House. The event was attended by H.E. Bill Tweddell, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines, and John Loader, Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) Human Resource manager.
Representing the academic institutions were Saloma for UPD, Dr. Anna Ciccarelli, deputy vice chancellor and vice president (International), for UQ, Dr. Perfecto A. Alibin, president, for USEP, Atty. Abdurrahman T. Canacan, chancellor, for MSU-GSC, and Dr. Sukarno D. Tanggol, chancellor, for MSU-IIT.
As stated in the MOU, the chief executive officers of UPD and UQ will each appoint one person to act as the Joint Manager who “may appoint administrative officers or working parties to manage the details of particular activities or programs specified in the MOU.”
Both institutions may undertake several activities such as “visits between universities by academic staff (faculty) and technical and administrative staff; sharing of academic materials; collaborative research and publication; joint organisation of conferences, seminars or academic meetings, special technical or administrative programs; joint production and delivery of courses and programs, and grant applications; and develop scholarship opportunities through government agencies and companies.”
The CoP signing was attended by more than 30 guests. Among the witnesses were UPD officials including Dr. Aura C. Matias, College of Engineering (CoE) dean, Dr. Leslie Joy L. Diaz, Department of Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (DMMME), and Dr. Herman D. Mendoza, DMMME and PSLP representative for Mining and Metallurgy.
Other guests were Catherine Rees, First Secretary (Econ) of the Australian Embassy to the Philippines; Prof. David Mulligan, UQ Center for Mined Land Rehabilitation director, SMI; Dr. Marcelo M. Angelia, USEP vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Domingo M. Non, MSU-GSC Graduate Schools dean; Dr. Edgar W. Ignacio, MSU-IIT vice chancellor for academic affairs; Engr. Rodolfo Velasco, Mining, Environment and Safety Division, Mines and Geosciences Bureau chief; and Artemio F. Disini, Chamber of Mines of the Philippines chairman.—H.C.P.