The Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) in the Philippines and Hasselt University (UHasselt) in Belgium have come together to collaborate on the International Training Programme (ITP) project in partnership with the Visayas State University (VSU) in the Philippines. This engagement is made possible through an agreement between the MSU-IIT and Hasselt University.

Since 2019, UHasselt has been in active collaboration and cooperation with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in capacity building, mentoring, and curriculum development. The ITP project is led by UHasselt Prof Dr. Thomas Neyens as the project promoter and Dr. Daisy Lou L. Polestico as principal  MSU-IIT co-promoter with Dr. Ruth P. Serquiña, Asso. Prof. Johniel E. Babiera, Dr. Bernadette F. Tubo, and Dr. Peter D. Suson as team members.

Other faculty members who have active involvement in the project are Asst. Prof. Amabelle A. Embornas, Asst. Prof. Jaime Q. Guihawan and Prof. Emeritus Olga M. Nuñeza.

The €150,000 ITP project entitled “Co-CiPhil: Co-creating environmental citizen science capacity in the Philippines” has been awarded to the MSU-IIT and VSU by the Flemish Interuniversity Council – University Development Cooperation (VLIR-UOS). This collaboration will result in the organization of a series of workshops in the Philippines over the next two years. The workshops will be co-organized by the three universities involved in the project.