Officials including deans of both universities from their respective colleges such as Business, Education, Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences as well as Fisheries from the University of the Philippines (UP) and the University of Rhode Island (URI), held a meeting that aimed to increase academic engagements between the two institutions. On October 14 at the Board of Regents’ Room, the University of the Philippines was represented by its President Danilo L. Concepcion; Executive Vice President Teodoro Herbosa, MD; Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Office of International Linkages Director Gil Jacinto, Ph.D.; Cesar EA Virata School of Business – Business Administration Department Chair Ma. Gloria Talavera, Ph.D.; College of Education Dean Jerome Buenviaje, Ph.D.; College of Pharmacy Dean Bienvenido Balotro, RPh, MBA, MS; Department of Pharmacy Assistant Professor and Office of International Linkages Coordinator Shiela May Jayme Nacabu-an, RPh, MHPEd; College of Nursing Coordinator for Community Nursing John Joseph Posadas; National Institutes of Health Executive Director Eva Marie Cutiongco-dela Paz, MD; College of Public Health Assistant to the Dean for Planning and Development Marian Lomboy; College of Pharmacy members Joanna Orejola and Czarina Dominique Rodriguez; and Nygiel Armada of USAID Fish Right Program. Leading the senior level delegation of the University of Rhode Island were Vice Provost for Global Initiatives Gifty Ako Adounvo, Ph.D.; Dean of Pharmaceutical Science Paul Larrat, Ph.D.; Professor of Fisheries and Aquaculture Michael Rice, Ph.D.; College of Business Professor Shaw Chen, Ph.D.; and Assistant to the Provost for Global Strategies and Academic Partnerships Nancy Stricklin.
UP President Danilo Concepcion encouraged URI officials to visit UP’s other constituent universities. He also shared UP’s oblation and its relevance to the nation’s challenges and progress. Meanwhile, URI’s Vice Provost for Global Initiatives Gifty Ako Adounvo expressed that she is looking forward for the collaboration especially in the areas of oceanography and marine sciences as these are one of URI’s strength. “URI’s collaboration in the Philippines in the fisheries research is looking for expansion and is committed to international partnership and exchange. I believe that the partnership in the Philippines would be productive in becoming interdependent and committing to its global agenda in facing global challenges,” she added.
According to Prof. Shaw Chen, URI offers its undergraduate, graduate, and professional students distinctive educational opportunities designed to meet the global challenges of today’s world. “URI has been invested in capital improvements across its four campus, with new facilities for chemistry and forensic science, pharmacy, and communications,” he emphasized.
During the meeting, breakout sessions were held to give way for dialogues between UP and URI’s officials in their respective disciplines and areas in business and education, pharmacy, science and health sector, as well as global initiatives and collaboration.