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UPV, OUC conduct exploratory dialogue for joint collaborations

UP Visayas (UPV) and Ocean University of China (OUC) conducted an exploratory dialogue for a China-Philippines joint laboratory. The undertaking will be between the College of Marine Life Sciences, OUC and the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), UPV. It was held at the FC Conference Room, CFOS, UPV Miagao campus on November 9, 2017.

The talk was aimed at exploring and in coming up with ideas on other possible collaborations between the two higher educational institutions and on how to carry out with these partnerships.

Prof. Encarnacion Emilia S. Yap, OIC Dean of CFOS, presided the meeting and briefly discussed about the activity. She introduced the delegates from CFOS as well as the invited representatives from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region VI, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region VI, and Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center –Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC-AQD).

Prof. Zi Zhong and Prof. Liu Tao introduced OUC and gave a message, respectively.

Chancellor Ricardo P. Babaran and Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension Rolly Fuentes were also present during the dialogue.

Yap said the dialogue will be part of the discussion at the meeting between the Ministry of China and the Philippines, to be conducted the following day in Manila. The OUC delegation came to the country together with the delegation from the DOST of Shandong, China for a bilateral talk with the DOST Philippines.

After the meeting, the OUC delegates visited the UPV-CFOS hatchery facilities including the UPV Aquascape. They also toured the SEAFDEC-AQD facilities in Tigbauan, Iloilo.

UPV and OUC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for academic cooperation on April 12, 2017. The signing took place during the China - ASEAN FEN President Forum and Workshop on Marine and Aquatic Technology at OUC, Qingdao, Shandong, China.

On October 2, 2017, two faculty members of the Institute of Aquaculture (IA), CFOS namely Ms. Karen Grace Felarca and Ms. Mary Grace Sedanza attended a short-term training at the Ocean University of Qingdao, China from September 17 to October 2, 2017. They participated in the International Training Program on Sustainable Marine Aquaculture Technology sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China.

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