Another strategic partnership with China-Philippines Silk Road Institute Foundation

The University is moving to strengthen its internationalization ties with China through the signing yesterday of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the China-Philippines Silk Road Institute Foundation, Inc.

The MOU, initiated and signed by UMak President Elyxzur Ramos and the China-Philippines Silk Road Institute Foundation’s President Hongyang Zhang, seeks to establish a framework to promote wide-ranging exchanges and collaborative activities that may include cultural exchange and intercultural events, research and scholarly projects, capability-building and training, learning resource sharing, employment and development opportunities, among others.

The China-Philippines Silk Road Institute Foundation is a non-government, non-profit organization registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which provides non-instructional services that support educational processes, systems, manpower training programs, and youth and sports development. President Zhang said that in recent years their foundation has been tapping resources in the cultural and educational fields and serving as the conduit between China and the Philippines to establish platforms for exchanges and cooperation between and among educational institutions and industries.

Some of their partners in the Philippines are Antipolo Institute of Technology, Batangas State University, Cavite State University, Don Boso Mandaluyong, University of Cebu, University of Perpetual Help System Laguna, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. Adding UMak to their select roster of partners is expected to promote better understanding and acceptance, bridge cultural gaps and find common grounds for friendship between the two nations.

UMak President Ramos is eager to take the partnership to the next level and affirmed that a college or center will be identified as the school’s project proponent to implement the partnership program and specific activities that will later be agreed on. Initial collaborative projects being considered are Mandarin language training, Traditional Chinese Medicine curriculum development, plus faculty and student exchanges.

Also present to witness the MOU signing were UMak Center for Internationalization, Linkages, and Placement Director Cynthia Jose and the documentation team of the Center for Integrated Communications.