NUK visits BU to strengthen partnership and discuss collaboration

Thursday April 25,2019

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Taking their partnership a step further in the name of growth through collaboration, key officials of Taiwan’s National University of Kaohsiung (NUK) visited Bicol University this April 05 to meet up with key officials of the university and the local government.

The said group, composed of NUK President Dr. Leon Shyue-Liang Wang, Edu-Connect Asia Association’s Executive Director Dr. Eing-Ming Wu, NUK’s Science and Technology Center for Disaster Prevention and Reduction (STCDPR) Director Dr. Min-Hao Wu, and STCDPR Coordinator Ms. Amy Hsiang-Yun Mao, were received by BU International Relations Office (IRO) Director Dr. Dimson Rivero and his staff, upon their arrival in Legazpi City on the night of April 04.

The following day, Dr. Rivero and the BU-IRO staff accompanied the visitors in their courtesy visit at the Legazpi City Hall. There, they met with Legazpi City Administrator Mr. Carlos A. Ante and City Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Joseph B. Esplana and discussed possible collaborative plans between BU, the city government of Legazpi, and NUK.

Afterwards, the group headed to Bicol University Main Campus for their official visit and business meeting. They first proceeded to the office of BU President Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas for their courtesy visit, where they were joined by BU Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Dr. Helen M. Llenaresas.

For a more in-depth discussion of possible activities for BU and NUK’s partnership, the officials of both universities then attended the business meeting at the BUGASS Conference Room. On behalf of BU, University President Dr. Mascariñas, VPAA Dr. Llenaresas, Vice President for Administration and Finance (VPAF) Dr. Amelia A. Dorosan, Vice President for Research, Development and Extension (VPRDE) Dr. Ronnel R. Dioneda Sr., Vice President for Planning and Development (VPPD) Prof. Jerry S. Bigornia, BU College of Engineering (BUCEng) Dean Dr. Amelia B. Gonzales, College of Industrial Technology (BUCIT) Dean Dr. Jonathan C. Arroco, College of Science (BUCS) Dean Prof. Jocelyn E. Serrano, College of Agriculture and Forestry (BUCAF) Dean Dr. Gerardo O. Ocfemia, BU Planning and Development Director Prof. Erwin E. Torres, and BU-IRO Director Dr. Rivero were present in the said meeting.

In their talks and exchange of ideas, the leaders of both institutions expressed their confidence their planned joint activities, like the NUK’s participation in the upcoming International Youth Camp in BU and the proposed student mobility programs.

When the business meeting concluded, the guest returned to their hotel to rest before returning to BU later in the afternoon for the 49th Commencement Exercises. In the said event, NUK President Dr. Leon Shyue-Liang Wang participated as the guest commencement speaker.

After attending the commencement ceremony, the officials of BU and NUK rendezvoused at Hotel Venezia for their dinner meeting, during which they were joined by Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal.

After dinner, BU President Dr. Mascariñas, Legazpi City Mayor Rosal, and the leaders of NUK engaged in a fruitful dialogue regarding their plans in advancing the academe and the communities through a strong partnership among their institutions.