THE establishment of the University of the Philippines Los Baños Professional School for Agriculture and the Environment (UPLB-PSAE) in Agriya, Panabo City, is considered a successful academe-industry partnership with the agribusiness industry to benefit the most.
During the groundbreaking of Agriya and the UPLB-PSAE at the 88-hectare land property of Damosa Land, Inc. (DLI) in Panabo City, UPLB chancellor Fernando Sanchez, Jr. said the event signifies the end of years of anticipation to have UPLB’s brand of education to be in Mindanao.
Currently, UPLB’s academic and research services are already present in Luzon and Visayas and will soon be available in Mindanao.
The more than 10,000-hectare land grant for the university in Luzon borders areas in Laguna and Quezon Province. In Visayas, a 284-hectare was allocated for La Granja Training and Research Station in La Carlota, Negros Occidental. The infrastructure serves as a research facility for the College of Agriculture and Food Science.
“We are humbled by this private-public partnership with one of the best institutions in this country. We believe that this partnership, capitalizing on the agricultural heritage of the region, will strengthen and bring exciting innovations to the study of agriculture and related business,” said Anflo Management and Investment Corporation (Anflocor) chair Anthony Sasin.
On January 30, the memorandum of agreement between UPLB and DLI was finally inked, which marked the official partnership between the two.
Almost 32,000 square meters will be allotted by DLI to the university which will offer Master of Science in Plant Pathology as their primary academic program.
“I am excited to see the UP PSAE campus come to life, not only because I know it’s going to be a very beautiful and inspiring structure, but more importantly, because of what it stands – a testament to the success of academe-industry partnership, the success of UP and Anflocor’s partnership,” said Sanchez.
“I’m confident that our strengths in our respective fields of expertise as well as with our mutual desire to contribute to our country’s national development shall be very instrumental in promoting an advancing exclusive growth and development in the region as well as the rest of the Philippines in the years to come,” he said. (JPA)
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on May 20, 2017.
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