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BU-NQU Language Exchange Project commences; 20 BUeños to learn Chinese Mandarin

September 20, 2022

Tuesday September 6,2022


To enhance the teaching-learning practices while fostering cross-cultural understanding and communicative competence, Bicol University (BU) and its international partner, National Quemoy University (NQU), virtually inaugurated an interactive online Language Exchange Project on September 5, 2022.

The program will run for 15 weeks, or 30 hours, and will provide BU and NQU students an opportunity to learn Chinese Mandarin, and English for 1.5 hours each week of instructor lecture and 30 minutes of partnered conversation.

Two students from each of the following colleges were chosen: College of Arts and Letters, College of Industrial Technology, College of Education, College of Business, Economics, and Management, Institute of Physical Education, Sports, and Recreation, Institute of Design and Architecture, College of Engineering, College of Nursing, College of Agriculture and Forestry, and College of Social Sciences and Philosophy.

Through the BU Language Center and NQU Chinese Language Center, 20 students from BU and 20 students from NQU will participate in the Language Exchange Project. Present in the virtual opening program were Dr. Dimson M. Rivero, Director of the BU International Relations Office; Dr. Yvonne Yu-Fang Yen, Director of the NQU International and Cross-Strait Office; BU President Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas; NQU President Dr. Chien-Min Chen; Dr. Irene R. Moral, Director of BU Language Center; Dr. Yu-Min Hsu, Director of NQU Chinese Language Center; Dr. Leticia M. Lopez, Dean of CAL; Dr. Chen Yu-Jie, Vice Director of the NQU Chinese Language Center; Dr. Baby Boy Benjamin D. Nebres III, Dean of the Office of Student Affairs and Services; and Prof. Indira Tabo, CAL faculty and the master of ceremonies.

Since October 2021, NQU has been the university’s foreign partner under the General Bilateral Agreement on International Cooperation. This relationship bore fruit with two BUeños who will participate in the NQU Youth Elite Exchange Program under the New Southbound Policy International Study Program. These students were John Olan Gomez, a third-year student studying BS Computer Science in CS, and Francheska Iubelle Perez, a graduating student majoring in management while pursuing a BS in business administration in CBEM.

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