USC, Mie University sign agreement

Left to right: SBE Asst. Dean Dr. Lauro R. Silapan Jr., BA Chair Engr. Jovenal M. Arnaiz, SBE Dean Dr. Melanie Banzuela-de Ocampo, USC VPAA Fr. Aleksander Gaut, SVD, USC President Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD, Mie University Dean of Graduate School of Regional Innovation Studies Prof. Hideto Miyake, Head of Ecosystem Research Center Dr. Hye-Sook Park, Accountancy Chair Dr. Marissa M. Baldecir, Hospitality and Toursim Department Chair Dr. Simplicio R. Espellita Jr., Economics OIC Jan Alegado, and SBE Graduate Programs Coordinator Dr. Julius Relampagos. Photo credit: Fr. Semei Rebayla, SVD

The University of San Carlos signed a Memorandum of Understanding on student exchange with Mie University (Japan) last November 25, 2019 at the School of Business and Economics Function Hall in the Downtown Campus.

The MOU on student exchange was a result of successful discussions between Dr. Melanie Banzuela-de Ocampo, Dean of USC’s School of Business and Economics, and Prof. Hideto Miyake, Dean of MIE’s Graduate School of Regional Innovation Studies. The agreement provides the basis for future endeavors that both universities hope to collaborate on.

Each student exchange under this MOU shall be for a minimum of one and a maximum of two consecutive semesters. The host university will not impose any tuition or enrolment/application fees on incoming students, who will instead pay applicable fees at their home university for the period of the exchange. This MOU will be open to students from other USC schools including Engineering, Arts and Sciences, Healthcare Professions, Education, Architecture, and Law and Governance.

Mie University is a national Japanese university based in Tsu City, Mie Prefecture, which houses six Faculties and Graduate Schools, namely Humanities, Law and Economics, Education, Medicine, Engineering, Bioresources, and the Graduate School of Regional Innovation Studies. The university is a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Associated Schools Project Network (ASPNet) and is a well-known advanced eco- and environmentally-friendly university in Japan (ISO 14001 certified).

Dean Miyake, who heads the Graduate School of Regional Innovation Studies, shared that this graduate school is the first of its kind in Japan, established in 2009 to bridge the gap between social needs and graduate student education and foster the development of graduate students with capabilities to help halt regional decline through innovative joint research projects involving industry-academe collaboration. In the Graduate School of Regional Innovation Studies, professors teaching research (R & D professors) and professors teaching project management (PM professors) offer a unique “sandwich-style education” to journey with one student.

Signing in behalf of USC is University President Dionisio M. Miranda, SVD (see photo above) accompanied by Vice President for Academic Affairs, Fr. Aleksander Gaut, SVD. Fr. Miranda in his message emphasized the need to find alternative ways to accommodate each other’s realities and to cooperate, taking into consideration each university’s mission, processes, and curricula. Fr. Gaut for his part shared his appreciation for this new collaboration sharing that Mie University also collaborates with the leading research institutes in Indonesia.

The MOU signing was followed with a presentation by Dean Miyake on some of the successful research projects of the Graduate School of Regional Innovation Studies made possible by harnessing the robust regional innovation ecosystem present at Mie University.

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