BU-TNE team launches new MS program under BU and University of Liverpool partnership

Wednesday September 26,2018

In a program held at the Bicol University College of Science (BUCS) Function Hall this September 24, the Transnational Education (TNE) team of BU Graduate School (BUGS) officially launched the new TNE program –the Master of Science (MS) in Sustainable Food Systems.

The new TNE program being introduced by BU presents new opportunities for students to earn a United Kingdom (UK) degree, as the program is jointly funded by the British Council and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) under the Joint Development of Niche Programmes through PH-UK linkages. In this endeavour, BU partnered with the University of Liverpool UK in offering the dual-degree program.

With the aim of creating professionals with competencies and interdisciplinary knowledge of food systems, the new TNE program will have a two-year duration with students spending their first year in the Philippines and their second year in UK. As this is a dual Master of Science degree, dual awards are supervised by both Philippines and UK.

In the launching activity for the TNE program, the participants are expected to understand the nature of the program and how it will be implemented in BU. The launching also sought to create awareness to the public that BU is now offering an opportunity to earn the said degree.

In the program, the attendees of the gathering were welcomed by BU President Arnulfo Mascariñas and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Helen Llenaresas who gave their welcoming remarks. Afterwards, BUGS Dean and the BU-TNE Project Lead Dr. Antonio Payonga gave a detailed overview of the new TNE program.

For better understanding of what the Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems program is all about, the participants were also shown a video presentation about the BU-UoL partnership and exhibits of modules of the new program. The launching program concluded with BUCS Dean and BU-TNE PMT member Prof. Jocelyn Serrano delivering her closing remarks.