Record-Breaking MOU Signing – “23 + 2 ” Undertaking
As part of LPUs internationalization and networking efforts, a record-breaking Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by representatives of various schools, universities, and colleges from Indonesia and three other Philippine Higher Educational Institutions (PHEIs) on January 17, 2019 at the JPL Hall of Freedom.
The Indonesian delegation, composed of thirty-four officials of the Association of Experts and Lecturers in Indonesia Branch of Central Java (ADRI), was led by ADRI President Dr. Achmad Fatoni Rodli. The PHEIs were represented by Dr. Conrado E. Iñigo, Jr. , VPAA, LPU, Prof. Lean Happie Bustamante, EVP, Systems Plus College Foundation, Dr. Max P. Guillermo, President, Tarlac Agricultural University, and Dr. Encarnacion N. Raralio, Chief Operating Officer, Imus Institute of Science and Technology.
The program started with an opportunity to know more about the various PHEIs and their international programs. This was undertaken by various representatives: Dr. Karen M. Fernandez, VP for Research and International Affairs/Dean of College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, IIST, Mr. Rennier Perez, Dean of College of Hospitality Management/Student Internship Abroad Coordinator, SPCF, Dr. Christine N. Ferrer, Director for External Linkages and International Affairs, TAU and Dr. Ma. Christina G. Aquino, Executive Director of Department of Linkages and Standards, LPU.
An initial MOU was signed by the PHEIs to undertake collaborations in research, instruction, and community outreach work and was dubbed as the beginnings of “LISTA” (LPU, IIST, SPCF, TAU and ADRI) Accord with Lyceum of the Philippines University, Systems Plus College Foundation, and Tarlac Agricultural University, and then followed by PHEIs signing a MOU with ADRI.
After the initial MOU, simultaneous MOU signing among the PHEIs and the various Indonesian schools were done.
Since the signing, LPU had twelve students from various Indonesian universities take their Student Mobility program with us for a month. There are ongoing negotiations with more students who will stay in LPU for a semester and earn credit transfers.
We look forward to more exchanges of faculty and students with our new partners.