Internationalization of Academic Engagements

Internationalization of Academic Engagements
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. […]
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. […]
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. […]
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. […]
March 4, 2024饾悎饾悕饾悡饾悇饾悜饾悕饾悁饾悡饾悎饾悗饾悕饾悁饾悑 饾悤饾悎饾悞饾悎饾悡饾悗饾悜| 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. […]
January 16, 2024Asta Kyguolien臈 and Monika Did啪galvyt臈-Bujausk臈, 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. […]
October 9, 2023Earlier today, the IRO conducted a Pre-Departure Orientation Session (PDOS) for Curriculum Development on AgroEcology (CDAE) Project members and Sakura Science Exchange Program grantees in preparation for their upcoming trips to Vietnam and Japan. Participants in the PDOS included CDAE Project members Kenneth Laruan and Joahna Alafag, as well as Sakura Science Exchange Program grantees Jessica Rivera, Rashid Lokines, Mattyline Camfili, Kacy Labon, Mary An Altaki, and Jenny Balao. The BSU CDAE Taskforce is scheduled to travel to Vietnam from October 11 to 15, 2023, while the Sakura Science grantees will travel to Japan from November 12 to 18, 2023. During the orientation session, participants received information and guidance on various aspects of their international travels including cultural awareness, safety measures, and resources available to them while abroad. The goal of PDOS is to ensure that they are well-prepared and equipped to make the most of their experiences. In addition. the IRO had the privilege of welcoming Director for a Day Grace Palayen from Loo National High School in Buguias. During her visit, Grace gained valuable insights into the functions of the International Relations Office and was introduced to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). The IRO also offered a glimpse into the world of international diplomacy and global citizenship. The Scout Officer for a Day (SOFAD) program aims to provide Scouts with unique opportunities for self-development as future leaders. […]
February 20, 2023饾悎饾悕饾悡饾悇饾悜饾悕饾悁饾悡饾悎饾悗饾悕饾悁饾悑 饾悤饾悎饾悞饾悎饾悡饾悗饾悜| JAPAN BIOTECHNOLOGY PROFESSOR VISITS BSU On February 20, 2023, Professor Satoshi Kubota of Kochi University, Japan visited BSU. He was introduced during the Flag-Raising Ceremony and had a courtesy call with President Felipe Salaing Comila. REPO Director Cheryll C. Launio, CNS IRO Focal Person Louisa Pladio, and IRO Deputy Director Maricel A. Guron accompanied the guest. During his visit, he delivered a lecture to the College of Natural Sciences faculty and students. A total of 32 participants attended the activity which included representatives from the three departments (Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science) and BSU- Secondary Laboratory School (BSU-SLS). In his discussion. he introduced Kochi University, the Kuroshio Science Program, and other postgraduate scholarship opportunities. He, then, discussed about setting up of Biotechnology Laboratory in SUCs which was an interest of the said college. The activity concluded with a forum in which the lecturer and the representatives discussed possible collaborations and partnership in the future. […]
January 31, 2023饾悎饾悕饾悡饾悇饾悜饾悕饾悁饾悡饾悎饾悗饾悕饾悁饾悑 饾悤饾悎饾悞饾悎饾悡 & 饾悞饾悅饾悋饾悗饾悑饾悁饾悜饾悞饾悋饾悎饾悘 饾悗饾悘饾悘饾悗饾悜饾悡饾悢饾悕饾悎饾悡饾悎饾悇饾悞 | Manaaki New Zealand Scholarship Programme Highlighted during the Visit of Aotearoa NZ Ambassador Peter Francis Tavita Kell Ambassador Kell joined by Dyan Mabunga Rodriguez (NZ Aid Programme Manager) promoted post-graduate scholarship opportunities in New Zealand during their visit in the University on January 31, 2023. A total of 80 faculty members and staff from different colleges and units participated the forum. During the discussions, Ambassador Kell encouraged participants to apply not only for world-class education but also for the New Zealand Experience – its people and culture. Several New Zealand universities were also featured. Among them were Massey University, the University of Otago, the University of Auckland, and the University of Canterbury. Ms. Rodriguez discussed the specifics and requirements of the scholarships. The forum concluded with a closing remarks by the IRO Director Maria Luz D. Fang-asan. She expressed her gratitude to the Ambassador for considering BSU in their scholarship program. 饾悁饾悂饾悗饾悢饾悡 饾悡饾悋饾悇 饾悓饾悁饾悕饾悁饾悁饾悐饾悎 饾悕饾悪 饾悞饾悅饾悋饾悗饾悑饾悁饾悜饾悞饾悋饾悎饾悘 饾悘饾悜饾悗饾悊饾悜饾悁饾悓饾悓饾悇 Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships offer fully-funded postgraduate scholarships for Master of Arts (MAs) and Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) programs in different specializations. The scholarships are open to people aged 40 and under. Only 16 slots are allotted for Filipino applicants. Grantees will receive full scholarship, stipend and other benefits shouldered by the featured Universities. The online application period begins on February 1 and ends on February 28 (New Zealand time). To stay updated, follow New Zealand Embassy – Manila, Philippines Facebook Page. […]
January 20, 2023饾悎饾悕饾悡饾悇饾悜饾悕饾悁饾悡饾悎饾悗饾悕饾悁饾悑 饾悤饾悎饾悞饾悎饾悡饾悗饾悜饾悞| VMU, Lithuania Professors Conduct Mobility Program with BSU Professors Ricardas Narijauskas (Botany), Sonata Kazlauskaite (Plant Pathology), and Arunas Balsevicius (Botany) from Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania visited BSU on January 17-20, 2023, as part of their Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Programme. IRO Director Maria Luz Fang-asan introduced the group during the courtesy call with President Felipe Salaing Comila and VP for International Relations Stanley F. Anongos Jr. Their university engagement included visits to the Institute of Highland Farming Systems and Agroforestry (IHFSA), the Agri-Technology Based Innovation/Incubation Center (ATBI/IC), and the Cordillera Regional Apiculture Center (CRAC). During these visits, Lithuanian Mobility Alumni Jennifer Paltiyan-Bugtong and Jones Napaldet joined the guests. To cap off their day, a welcome dinner was prepared and the CONTAD were invited to perform various cultural dances. Prior to their visit to BSU, Judith Lawilao from the Department of Plant Pathology took the guests on a tour of the Baguio Botanical Garden and the Living Gifts Nursery. […]
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October 17, 2022饾悎饾悕饾悡饾悇饾悜饾悕饾悁饾悡饾悎饾悗饾悕饾悁饾悑 饾悎饾悕饾悡饾悇饾悜饾悕饾悞饾悋饾悎饾悘 饾悘饾悜饾悗饾悊饾悜饾悁饾悓| Three BSU Alumni were selected for the Agro Studies Internship Program in Israel. Mark Celo, Jomar Esmella, and Cerilo Bagoling were the among the program grantees who will be immersing in Israel for 11 months. Earlier today, they had a brief Pre-departure Orientation Session (PDOS) with IRO Deputy Director Maricel A. Guron and Dr. Janet P. Pablo which was later on followed by a courtesy call with Executive Assistant Atty. Arnold Lampacan and President Felipe Salaing Comila. The Agro Studies Internship Program transpired from the meeting with Israel Ambassador H.E. Ilan Fluss during his visit in the University last March 23, 2022. The program is offered by TESDA, but the International Relations Office facilitated the screening process for BSU candidates. […]
May 20, 2022A big first for us to welcome a group coming from the Philippines pathway2employability is promoting the employability and entrepreneurship of Higher Education graduates through innovative ways in the Philippines and we were very happy to meet such a happy group! We hope you had a great time with #languedocwine […]
February 19, 2022BSU students Melody Galap (BPA), Ronica Babsaay (BSDC), Sharilyn Rufino (BSDC), and Oliver Sab-it Laurian Jr. (BPA) at the University of Huelva (UHU) in Spain. They were among nine qualified applicants in BSU who competed for four slots in the Student Mobility of the European Union’s聽 Erasmus+ Program. Aside from international exposure and cultural exchange, the students will be busy completing their requirements here in BSU and in the courses they have enrolled in at UHU. They join students from other countries in their five-month stay in the City聽 of Huelva which is 8hrs by bus from Madrid. Hail Benguet State University! Thank you Ma’am Darlyn Tagarino for sowing the seed, thank you Pres Felipe Comila for nurturing this endeavor. […]
February 7, 2022BSU grantees of Erasmus Mobility Programs meet with International Relations Office personnel of the University of Huelva (UHU) in Spain. BSDC students Ronica Raine Babsa-ay and Sharilyn Rufino both qualified for the five-month Student Mobility Program. They will be enrolling two subjects in UHU even as they are also enrolled in BSU for the completion of their thesis and internship. Their internship will also be partially done in UHU.聽 Paul Joseph Nuval of DevComDept-CIS and Racquel Aquelle Fatog of the BSU International Relations Office also qualified for the five-day Teaching/Staff Mobility Program. Thank you Pres Felipe Comila for supporting BSU-IRO endeavors. […]
July 13, 2021First Pre-Departure Orientation Session just concluded at the International Relations Office for faculty members departing for Spain this week under the Erasmus Faculty Mobility Program. They are Martes Dionisio Martz Dionisio (College of Teacher Education) Maricel M. Abelanes-Guron (College of Arts and Sciences) Marissa Parao (College of Forestry) and Peter Bernard Daipan Buslogie Ola Dai (College of Forestry). Erasmus covers their Faculty Mobility engagement at the University of Oviedo while BSU covers their collaboration visit to the University of Huelva and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Resource Persons in this activity were IRO Director MaLuz Fang-asan and Erasmus Faculty Mobility Program alumni Marvin Valentin (CEAT/Lithuania), Jennifer Paltiyan (CAS/Lithuania), and Janet Pablo (CA/Spain). Topics in the session were the reiteration of duties and responsibilities as Filipinos, as government employees, and as BSU faculty members; travel preparations and travel tips; liquidation requirements of Erasmus and BSU; suggestions and pieces of advice on how to deal with situations that may arise; and others. […]