University of Arizona visits Bicol University

Friday January 18,2019


Reinforcing Bicol University’s international linkages, BU International Relations Office (BUIRO) hosted the visit of seven representatives of the University of Arizona (UA) USA this 14 January 2019. The UA visitors met with the officials of BU and had ocular visits at the main and Daraga campuses for the possibility of creating fruitful partnerships with the university.

The visitors from the University of Arizona were composed of Asian Pacific American Student Affairs Director Kenneth Importante, Global Experiential Learning Director Danthai Xayaphanh, Guerrero Student Center Director Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Soltero, Common Ground Alliance Assistant Director Sarah Gonzalez, Native American Student Affairs Director Rachelle Simpson, University of Arizona Consultant Jane Pizzalato, and Immigrant Student Center (John Jay College, New York) Manager Cynthia Carvajal.

During their visit in Albay, they were accompanied by IRO Director Dr. Dimson M. Rivero and his staff members. Upon the guests’ arrival in Legazpi City Airport, they were greeted by Dr. Rivero and his retinue and headed straight to BU Main Campus for their collaborative meeting on sending students or faculty members for cultural immersion and academic exchange.

To further give the guests an idea of Bicol University’s capacity, the visitors were toured in three colleges, namely the College of Science (BUCS), College of Arts and Letters (BUCAL), and the College of Business, Economics and Management (BUCBEM).

First to be visited was BUCS, where they were escorted by Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) Department Head Prof. Rodel Naz. The guests were shown BUCS’ facilities, including their laboratories.

The group then went to BUCAL, where they were welcomed by the Dean Dr. Leticia M. Lopez. They were also introduced to some of the college’s faculty members and were shown some of BUCAL’s facilities like the library and the DWBU broadcast station.

The UA Team visited BUCBEM where they were joined by the Dean Dr. Eddie S. See. After a brief tour in BUCBEM, Dr. See gathered the college’s department heads and faculty members for a meeting with the University of Arizona representatives. The dean spoke with pride about the many recent milestones of BUCBEM, including the current status of the college in the national rankings due to their high number of licensure examination passers.

After lunch, the group were then taken to the Cagsawa Ruins in Daraga for them to experience the beauty of Albay’s nature, culture and history. The guest then returned to BU Main Campus for their courtesy visit with the university’s top officials, with BU President Arnulfo Mascariñas, Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Dr. Helen Llenaresas, and Vice President for Administration and Finance (VPAF) Dr. Amelia Dorosan.

Among the many higher education institutions (HEIs) in Southeast Asia, Bicol University was one of the few considered by the University of Arizona for possible partnership. The University of Arizona have already created connections with HEIs in countries like Vietnam and Malaysia, and now they are looking to do the same in the Philippines.