USLS inks partnership agreement with Japanese school

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014


THE University of St. La Salle (USLS) in Bacolod has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Miyakonojo Higashi High School (MHHS) in Miyazaki, Japan for stronger collaborations and partnerships.

Signing the MOU were USLS president and chancellor Bro. Raymundo Suplido and MHHS chairman Yutaka Shimizu at the USLS campus last Monday.

USLS External Relations director Rhoderick Samonte and MHHS executive director Brian Wee witnessed the signing.

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Also present at the MOU signing were MHHS vice principal Yoshishiro Nakanishi, Yutaka no Sato, Houie Group Chair Yukiko Shimizu; USLS Vice Chancellor for Mission and Development Geoffrey Bob Bergante, Vice Chancellor for Finance Josephine Aragon, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Annabelle Balor; College of Education dean Cherry Ann Biaco and college staff.

The MOU provides the students of both schools to experience language and cultural education of each other’s countries through short-term and long-term exchange programs.

Shimizu expressed joy upon the signing of partnership agreement.
“We want to build bridges with other schools and nations,” Wee said.

“Partnerships of this nature are important in the global education of the students of both schools,” Suplido said.

Samonte said the partnership started even before the MOU signing. Last May 19, ten graduate school and undergraduate education students of USLS had a three-month internship at MHHS. This August, another batch of Education students will go to Japan to spend another three months of internship.

Suplido also disclosed that the partnership with MHHS is the first formal relationship of USLS to any school in Japan, apart from having connections with La Salle schools Hakodate La Salle Gakuen and La Salle Gakuen.

The partnership will be practiced for five years, but the administrators of MHHS expressed their hopes of a longer partnership with USLS through more elaborate programs between the schools.

“Today, we succeeded in making the world a bit smaller… We believe that global education prepares young people to the 21st century,” Vice Chancellor Marie Therese Jochico said. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 18, 2014.

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