By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
A Philippine government research and training institution has forged partnership with two Russian universities as part of its efforts to “explore and initiate academic exchange” and cooperation with academic institutions in Europe.
The Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) has partnered with Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) in Moscow and with the Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping in St. Petersburg.
The partnership between DAP and the two Russian universities aims to strengthen “relations with similar groups and organizations in the international community.”
The partnerships were forged through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed during a recent visit made by DAP President and Chief Executive Officer Elba Cruz and Institutional Marketing Center Managing Director Merliza Makinano in Europe.
DAP said that the MOU with MGIMO University intends to promote collaboration between the two institutions to “enrich (their) intellectual environment” and “provide opportunities for contact and exchange among individuals” leading to “fostering mutual understanding and collaboration.”
This would be done through academic exchange and collaboration, opportunities for which the two parties agreed to identify; mutual assistance in the preparation of seminars, conferences and workshops; facilitating the reception of authorized officials in order to develop a cooperative mechanism and expand areas of cooperation; and other forms of cooperation that they agreed to later identify.
Meanwhile, the partnership with the Admiral Makarov SUMIS intends to “promote collaboration” between the two institutions to achieve parallel goals as identified in the MGIMO partnership.
Both institutions “wish to seek areas of common intellectual interest and potential collaboration, with the detailed terms and conditions in pursuing the activities related to this being separately determined and agreed upon by the two parties.”
Cruz signed the MOU for the DAP while Victoria L. Marich, her school’s Vice Rector for International Affairs, did it for the Admiral Makarov SUMIS. Both partnerships have a duration of five years.
The Admiral Makarov SUMIS houses the famed Makarov Training Centre, which annually provides training for more than 13,000 cadets, seafarers, pilots, VTS operators, oil spill rescuers, MRCC personnel as well as maritime professionals through a team of “highly dedicated, reliable and competent” professionals.
The university is now considered the oldest and the largest center of shipping industry personnel education and training in the Russian Federation and now includes four institutes, 76 research chairs as well as 10 branches located in various regions of the country.
DAP, established in June 1973 through Presidential Decree No. 205, was built to “support the country’s economy through research and data-collection and to promote and conduct training in economics, public administration and the political and social sciences.”
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