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May 9, 2024The IRO extends its gratitude to our dear interns from the College of Information Sciences (CIS) and College of Home Economics and Technology (CHET).

𝐁𝐚𝐜𝐑𝐞π₯𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐟 π’πœπ’πžπ§πœπž 𝐒𝐧 𝐈𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐒𝐨𝐧 π“πžπœπ‘π§π¨π₯𝐨𝐠𝐲

Chris Laoagan

Benigno Mangay-at

𝐁𝐚𝐜𝐑𝐞π₯𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐟 π’πœπ’πžπ§πœπž 𝐒𝐧 π‡π¨π¬π©π’π­πšπ₯𝐒𝐭𝐲 𝐌𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭

Jenny May Aganga

Sheena Claire Damasco

Mherliza Pedro

Kristine May Zarco

Your contributions have made a significant impact on our team. Your fresh perspectives, innovative ideas, and eagerness to learn have not only enriched our projects but have also inspired us to continually strive for excellence in bringing BSU to the world and the world to BSU. We appreciate the energy and passion you brought to every task.

We wish you all the success and happiness in your future endeavors.

Best regards,

IRO Team […]Read more…

May 2, 2024π…π€π‚π”π‹π“π˜ πŒπŽππˆπ‹πˆπ“π˜| BSU Faculty Participates in Staff Mobility Week in Lithuania

College of Numeracy and Applies Sciences (CNAS) faculty member Marycel T. Sajise participated in Vytautas Magnus University’s International Staff Week’24 last April 22- 25, 2024.

During the three-day event, Ms. Sajise immersed in the VMU community and met with experts and professors from different universities all over the world. Activities during International Staff Week included training and social events that allowed participants to get to know each other. She also had the opportunity to conduct classes and share her expertise in Statistics with VMU students and staff.

The International Staff Week’24 featured 79 lecturers and comprehensive training program involving 112 participants from 41 countries, […]Read more…

April 17, 2024There is still much to be done!

Here’s a video encapsulating three years of effort from the Pathway team. While the project has come to a close, for our Philippine partners, it marks only the beginning of a heightened understanding of their roles as catalysts in advancing the employability and entrepreneurship skills of Filipino students. […]Read more…

April 11, 2024π€πππ‹πˆπ‚π€π“πˆπŽπ πƒπ„π€πƒπ‹πˆππ„: May 31, 2024


Calling all interested Plantilla BSU Faculty Members!

HOST UNIVERSITY: University of Huelva


DATE: Mobility may be implemented on the following intakes:

Autumn Semester (September 11, 2024-February 14, 2025),

Spring Semester (February 17, 2025-July 22, 2025)


– Living Allowance: 160 EUR per day or 1120 EUR for 7 days

– Airfare (Round trip) 1500 EUR

Grantee selected for staff teaching assignment will teach a minimum of 8 hours per week, or  4 hours of teaching plus 4 hours of training activities following  program of activities at UHU.

π€πππ‹π˜ ππŽπ–

π€πππ‹πˆπ‚π€π“πˆπŽπ πƒπ„π€πƒπ‹πˆππ„: May 31, 2024


Calling all BSU 3rd  Year Students!

HOST UNIVERSITY: University of Huelva


DATE: The mobility program will last 5 months, running either from September 2024 to January 2025 or January 2025 to June 2025. The grantee will engage in courses that are part of an official study program at UHU. Failure to complete the mobility will forfeit the grant and, if applicable, reimburse payments already received.


– Living Allowance: 850 EUR per month

– Airfare (Round trip) 1500 EUR

π€πππ‹π˜ ππŽπ–

π€πππ‹πˆπ‚π€π“πˆπŽπ πƒπ„π€πƒπ‹πˆππ„: May 31, 2024 […]Read more…

April 5, 2024Three students from the BSU College of Public Administration and Governance (CPAG) – Catherine P. Friaz, Vincent D. Kilino, and Carla B. Tolo-an – recently attended the Cross-Cultural Leadership Training Camp organized by Sing Out Asia in Bangkok, Thailand, from March 22 to 31, 2024.

They are the second batch of students to engage in this program, following the participation of four students who attended the Cross-Cultural Camp in Vietnam and Japan in 2023.

The Cross-Cultural Training Camp offers more than just skill development; it serves as a platform for cultivating a global perspective. As these BSU students return home, they not only bring back enhanced skills but also a broader outlook and a network of international connections that will undoubtedly enrich their personal and professional development. […]Read more…

April 5, 2024Vytautas Magnus University Professor Lina Abraitiene conducted a lecture series about the use of AI in Education on April 2, 2024. The event commenced with an introduction by IRO Director Rex John G. Bawang, who warmly welcomed the participants and introduced the esteemed speaker.

The first session was about Integration of AI in Personalized Learning while the afternoon session was on Gamifcation and AI in Education. A total of 270 students actively participated in the two-session event attended by students from the College of Arts and Humanities (CAH), College of Information Sciences (CIS), College of Human Kinetics (CHK) and College of Teacher Education (CTE).

The event was facilitated and organized by CAH IRO Focal Person Jhordan T. Cuilan, CIS IRO Focal Person Jovelyn P. Lao-e, CHK focal person Jandy U. Gay-as, CTE IRO Focal Person Desiree F. Botengan, the IRO Staff and interns. […]Read more…

April 5, 2024Exploring partnerships with the OU, University of Huelva (UHU), Spain Professor Pablo Antonio Cano Jimenez visited BSU on March 25 – 27, 2024. During the flag ceremony, IRO Director Rex John G. Bawang introduced the visitor to the BSU community. Following the ceremony was a courtesy call to President Felipe Salaing Comilla.

During an exploratory meeting, OU Assistant Director and IRO Focal Person Gedion Ulban presented the BSU Open University Learning Management System (LMS), while Professor Pablo shared some best practices and other software used in online learning. The group discussed the potential of offering courses through the LMS and proposed negotiations for a Memorandum of Understanding.

Following the meeting, a lecture on Spanish Language and sustainability was conducted, with a total of 36 students from the College of Human Kinetics (CHK) and BSU Secondary Laboratory School (BSU-SLS) participating.

As part of his engagement at the university, Professor Pablo visited the Buguais and Bokod Campuses on March 26 and 27, respectively. Additionally, he conducted a lecture at Bokod Campus organized by IRO Focal Person Chester B. Esnara.

This marks the third visit by Professor Pablo to BSU, during which he has initiated partnerships with different colleges including the College of Human Kinetics, College of Teacher Education, BSU Bokod Campus, and this year, the Open University. His first visit was in 2019 followed by another in 2022. […]Read more…

March 20, 2024On March 19, 2024, three Japanese professors visited Benguet State University to explore potential collaborations in the academe and research. Mina Hori, Iwasa Kazuyuki, and Yoshiaki Iiguni, professors of Kochi Unversity, Japan, engaged with university representatives to draft a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two institutions.

A meeting was conducted to discuss the MOU. In his welcoming remarks, VPRE Roscinto Ian C. Lumbres emphasized the university’s need for international research collaboration and the publication of international researchers in the MSJIR, BSU’s official University Research Journal. He also shared his goals for each research center to have international research partners.

The group proceeded to discuss the details of the aforementioned MOU, with REPO Director Cheryll C. Launio and IRO Director Rex John G. Bawang facilitating the session. The proposed collaborative activities and programs covered research cooperation, faculty and researcher exchange, among others. Protocols for forging international partnerships were also discussed, including the time frame for the approval of the document.

Among the participating BSU representatives were OVPRE Researcher Matyline Camfili-Talastas, CA representative Samuel L. Duyan, OU Assistant Director Rashid B. Lokines, NPRCTC Researchers Jennie Balao and Gabby Dao-ines, ISRD Researcher Kacy O. Labon, and IRO staff Glyrel B. Palberas. Jessica Rivera, a grantee of the Kochi University Sakura Science Exchange Program and faculty from CA, also attended the meeting.

Prior to the meeting, the group attended the flag ceremony at the Benguet Provincial Capitol where they met with Governor Melchor D. Diclas. A courtesy visit to the President Felipe Salaing Comila was also conducted.

In addition to exploring partnership opportunities, the visiting Japanese delegation conducted interviews in the province. Their focus was on Filipino interns who had undergone training programs in Japan. The purpose of these interviews was to evaluate the impact of the training program on the interns upon their return to the Philippines. […]Read more…

March 15, 2024Represented by CNAS Dean Ederson Bawang, CA IRO Focal Person Mary Arnel Garcia, Bokod Campus IRO Focal Person Chester Esnara, and UBA IRO Focal Person Jeftee Ben Pinos-an, BSU actively participated in the 2024 Transformative Education for Sustainable Social Impact (TESSI) Institute from March 11 to 15, 2024 at University of the Philippines Diliman. The event was a collaborative effort by Quezon City University, Design Thinkers Academy – Singapore, Civika Asian Development Academy, Social Transformation School, Quezon City Youth Development Office, SCII Network, and NCPAG Governance Futures Lab.

The TESSI Institute served as a platform to equip faculty members with the expertise and tools essential for the redesigning of courses and curricula, aimed at addressing critical global challenges. […]Read more…

March 13, 2024The University received seven visitors from Tottori University, Japan on March 12, 2024. Commencing the engagement, a courtesy call was made to President Felipe Salaing Comila. Accompanying the delegation were Sakura Science Grantees Rashid Lokines and Matyline Camfili-Talastas, along with IRO Director Rex John Bawang and REPO Director Cheryll Launio.

Following the meeting, the group proceeded to the College of Agriculture for a presentation by Daichi Umekawa. He shared his research findings titled, “Situation of Carrot Production and Determinants of Productivity in Benguet Province, Philippines,” conducted during his student exchange program with BSU from January to May 2023, spending a semester immersed in the university.

A campus and community excursion was conducted led by Sakura Science Exchange Program Grantees Kacy Labon and Mary An Altaki. The delegation visited the Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC) and the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post (LTVTP).

The day concluded with a cultural welcome featuring the KONTAD Cultural Dance Troupe, where the Japanese visitors were taught cultural dances in the region, enriching their cultural exchange experience during their visit. […]Read more…

March 12, 2024In celebration of the successful collaboration during the e-Asia and DOST-CAR Research Symposium, BSU organized a cultural send-off for partners from the Philippines, Japan, and Thailand on March 8, 2024. The KONTAD Dance Troupe showcased a vibrant array of cultural dances of the region, inviting partners to join in the festivities. The event aimed to foster camaraderie and appreciation for cultural exchange.

The symposium, titled “Smart and Green Cities for a Brighter Quality of Life,” brought together project leaders and researchers from the Philippines, Japan, and Thailand to share insights and findings on smart city planning and design. The event was held at the Paragon Hotel in Baguio from March 7 to 8, 2024.

Participating institutions included the Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR), the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD), Benguet State University, De La Salle University (DLSU), and esteemed Japanese and Thai institutions such as Chubu University, Toyohashi University of Technology, Nagoya University, Aichi Institute of Technology, Nippon Engineering Consultancy, Thammasat University, Mahidol University, and Suranaree University of Technology. […]Read more…

March 4, 2024πˆππ“π„π‘ππ€π“πˆπŽππ€π‹ π•πˆπ’πˆπ“πŽπ‘| Japanese Professor Promotes Scholarship Programs and Lectures on the Internet of Plants (IoP) Project

Professor Satoshi Kubota from Kochi University, Japan visited BSU to introduce the Kuroshio Scholarship Program and deliver a lecture on the Internet of Plants (IoP) Project on March 1, 2024. A total of 68 participants attended the event.

The Kuroshio Scholarship program is a program provided by the Kochi University for international PhD students . It aims to recruit outstanding students who will serve as a bridge between Kochi University and their own countries upon completion. Additionally, a master’s scholarship program focusing on agricultural and marine sciences was also highlighted. Both scholarship programs receive funding from the Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT).

During his presentation, Professor Kubota introduced a research initiative known as the Internet of Plants (IoP) Project. This innovative project employs precision agriculture techniques to systematically monitor diverse aspects of plant growth and environmental conditions. It achieves this by tracking real-time data on critical factors like photosynthesis, crop development, yield, and weather conditions. This project aims to establish an “IoP Cloud” platform that provides producers with data spanning from production to distribution, enhancing agricultural efficiency and sustainability.

As part of the visit, an excursion was organized to enhance the professor’s understanding of the university’ research capabilities. Professor Kubota toured the Northern Philippines Root Crops Research and Training Center (NPRTRTC) and explored various laboratories, including the Soil, Plant, and Water Laboratory. […]Read more…

February 19, 2024𝐑𝐄𝐒𝐔𝐋𝐓𝐒 𝐀𝐑𝐄 πŽπ”π“ 

Congratulations! to Marycel Toyhacao Sajise for being chosen as the Erasmus+ KA 171 Staff Teaching Mobility grantee to Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania. Her engagement will be on April 22 – 26, 2024.

Ms. Sajise will be the sixth batch of BSU personnel to be sent through this program. […]Read more…

February 18, 2024Professor Venecio Ultra Jr. From Bostwana International University of Science and Technology has become the third Balik Scientist at BSU. During a Courtesy call with President Felipe Salaing Comila, Dr. Ultra disussed his interests and outlined his schedule of activities with BSU Research and Extension. His expertise in mining studies and agricultural soils will be shared with the university. […]Read more…
February 13, 2024Kia ora and Mabuhay to all!! It is time for you to let yourself be open to new possibilities, never-ending learnings and…
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February 13, 2024Can’t you imagine if your dream to study in Indonesia comes true?
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February 5, 2024EU 🀝 ASEAN strengthen partnership on sustainable connectivity.
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January 31, 2024JAPAN YOUTH SUMMIT 2024
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January 26, 2024We are now accepting applications for KOICA Scholarship…
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January 24, 2024Thank you for the overwhelming response – all available slots have been filled!

For those who have successfully registered, get ready for the next steps! See you again on February 1 and 2 and the BSU Gymnasium for the data collection process (Biometrics and Picture-taking).  Don’t forget to bring all your required documents to ensure a smooth transaction.

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January 24, 2024πŸš¨π‘π„π†πˆπ’π“π‘π€π“πˆπŽπ π‚π‹πŽπ’π„πƒ!🚨
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January 19, 2024πŸ“’π‚π€π‹π‹ π…πŽπ‘ π€πππ‹πˆπ‚π€π“πˆπŽππ’! πŸ“’
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January 19, 2024π‚πšπ₯π₯ 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐀𝐩𝐩π₯𝐒𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐒𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐑𝐞 πŸπŸŽπŸπŸ’ 𝐉𝐀𝐋 π’πœπ‘π¨π₯𝐚𝐫𝐬𝐑𝐒𝐩
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January 16, 2024Asta KyguolienΔ— and Monika DidΕΎgalvytΔ—-BujauskΔ—, professors of Faculty of Economics and Management in Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania conducts faculty mobility with Benguet State University. This collaborative faculty mobility program is scheduled from January 15 to 17, 2024. They will be hosted by the College of Home Economics and Technology.

IRO Deputy Director Rex John G. Bawang introduced the guests during the flag-raising ceremony. A formal welcome ensued through a courtesy call with President Felipe Salaing Comila wehrein CHET IRO focal person Amelia G. Bawang and CNAS IRO focal person Maycel T. Sajise accompanied them.

Their university engagement included visits to the Institute of Highland Farming Systems and Agroforestry (IHFSA), the Food Science Research and Innovation Center (FSRIC), and the University IGP Centers. They were also able to visit the Strawberry Farm and Benguet Museum. Their campus and community excursions were facilitated by CNAS IRO focal person Maycel T. Sajjise and UBA IRO focal person Jeftee Pinos-an.

To culminate their day, a welcome dinner was conducted. The event featured cultural dances performed by KONTAD, providing a glimpse into the rich local traditions. Adding to the enriching experience was the presence of Balik-Scientist Dr. Venecio Ultra Jr.

In the following days, the Lithuanian professors will be conducting series of lectures on international economics and customer service. […]Read more…