Firming up its international presence, the MSU-IIT College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) agreed to collaborate in various academic undertakings with the Social and Political Faculty of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogjakarta (UMY), Indonesia . The agreement was sealed through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed last March 11 at the Phoenix Hotel in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
CASS Asst. Dean Prof. Darwin Manubag who represented CASS Dean Nora Clar facilitated the MOU.
The Memo stipulates, among others, cooperation in the fields of education and academic research through collaborative research, publication, conferences, seminars, symposia, lectures, and the exchange of scholars and researchers.
The signing was witnessed by Dr. Syed Zulkifli Bin Syed Zakaria of the National University of Malaysia Medical Center, Dr. Rashila Ramli of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Prof. Dr. Maribel Dionisio-Sese of the Institute of Biological Sciences (IBS), College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) of UP Los Baños, and Dr. Ratna Djuwita of the Universitas Indonesia.
The UMY is the lead convenor of the 2011 International Conference on Public Organization (ICONPO) in collaboration with the Universitas Ngurah Rai Denpasar, India, Korea University, and Thammasat University. The 2012 ICONPO will be held in Korea where the MSU-IIT will collaborate with UMY as one of the delivering institutions.
Meanwhile, the Department of Political Science through its chairperson Prof. Enrique Batara commits to ensure a meaningful collaboration with the UMY. With the revised curriculum of the Department, the students will now have an option to attend an international internship in Yogyakarta. Scholars and students of both universities may have the opportunities to appreciate the cultures of both countries and learn from the dynamics of these countries’ politics and governance.
The MSU-IIT, widely recognized as the leading University in Southern Philippines, vows to strengthen its presence internationally to realize its vision as a “world-class” institution of higher learning.
CASS envisions a strong international presence in Southeast Asia, a direction shared by the Colleges of the MSU-IIT.