October 9, 2023
Office of the University President, University of the Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City
On October 9, Nagoya University and the University of the Philippines (UP) signed an amended Memorandum of Agreement to add Civil Engineering and Environmental Studies to the Ph.D. programs that have been offered on the Nagoya University Satellite Campus hosted by the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). The University of the Philippines is an important partner institution in Nagoya University's international strategy.
The signatories of the agreement were UP President Angelo A. Jimenez; Nagoya University President Naoshi Sugiyama; UPLB Chancellor Jose Camacho, Jr.; Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension Nathaniel C. Bantayan; and Nagoya University Asian Satellite Campuses Institute Director Akira Yamauchi. They signed the amended MOA at the Office of the President of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.
According to President Jimenez, "This is very important because we are really globalizing. We are trying to increase our collaboration with many institutions. Our collaboration with Nagoya University, of course, is specifically very important." As President Jimenez noted, Nagoya University was the first overseas university he visited after assuming the position of UP President in February this year. "It will be part of a greater, closer relationship between the Philippines and Japan," he added.
When asked about the new Civil Engineering and Environmental Studies programs, President Jimenez said, "We will push and market this program strongly because it will be very specific. There is a need for more engineers in this country to provide the necessary skills and leadership in our development priority areas. That will be in industries, particularly advanced industries."
President Sugiyama extended appreciation to President Jimenez and UPLB Chancellor Camacho, Jr. for their visit to Nagoya in February. He detailed how Nagoya University seeks to deepen partnerships with selected universities in Asia, North America, and Europe, including UP. "We would like to serve as a hub or node," he said.
ASCI is one of the key programs in the international strategy of Nagoya University. There are satellite campuses in six countries - Cambodia, Vietnam, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Laos and the Philippines. Six graduate schools at Nagoya University offer the "Transnational Doctoral Program for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries" on its satellite campuses in those six countries. This is a research-based doctoral program designed for professionals in government positions, university faculty and international agencies in each of the target countries.
The Philippines Satellite Campus was established at UPLB on December 2, 2015. Until now, the Nagoya University Graduate Schools of Bioagricultural Sciences and International Development have offered Ph.D. programs. The new programs in Civil Engineering and Environmental Studies will start in 2024. To date, nine Filipino students have graduated from Transnational Doctoral Program, while nine others are currently enrolled. One new student joined the program on April 1, and three more joined on October 1. An entrance ceremony was held for the new students at the Philippines satellite campus on October 9.
From left to right: UPLB Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension Nathaniel C. Bantayan; UPLB Chancellor Jose Camacho, Jr.; UP President Angelo A. Jimenez; Nagoya University President Naoshi Sugiyama; Nagoya University Director of ASCI Akira Yamauchi. Photo by Nagoya University International Communications Office.
Delegates from Nagoya University pose with colleagues from University of the Philippines. Photo by Nagoya University International Communications Office.