In its continuing promotion for international cooperation in research and education and development of exchange programs to foster common understanding, Bicol University (BU) inked the General Bilateral Agreement (GBA) on international cooperation with Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK)-Finland on March 30, 2022.
The scope of cooperation includes the (1) exchange of scholars, (2) development of dual or double degree programs, (3) exchange of academic information, documentation, materials, researches, and publications, (4) development of joint research programs, and the (5) creation/organization of other joint initiatives.
Held virtually, the ceremonies commenced with welcome remarks from Dr. Jonathan C. Arroco, Dean of the College of Industrial Technology (CIT), followed by messages delivered by BU President Arnulfo M. Mascariñas and SeAMK President Dr. Jaakko Hallila.
For the brief university profile presentations, Dr. Dimson M. Rivero, BU International Relations Office Director, discussed BU’s profile of excellence while Marjo Arola, SeAMK International Education Services Head, presented SeAMK. They are also designated as administrative coordinators in the agreement.
The virtual signing was also attended by the respective administrators from the participating BU colleges that includes Prof. Roscefe B. Dy, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Forestry (CAF); Prof. Jean Annette S. Ibo, Dean of the College of Nursing (CN); Dr. Eddie S. See, Dean of the College of Business, Economics and Management (CBEM); and Dr. Herbert B. Rosana, Dean of Graduate School (GS).
On the other hand, attendees from the SeAMK were Heikki Rasku, Dean of Technology and Business; Dr. Päivi Rinne, Dean of Welfare and Culture; Dr. Anne-Maria Aho, Head of Master School; Dr. Ari Sivula and Dr. Taru Mäki, Research and Development Managers; Dr. Seliina Päällysaho, Research Manager; and Alaine Armario Hallila.
The event concluded with a closing remark from Dr. Luis O. Amano, BU Vice President for Research, Development, and Extension.