The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the collaboration on Nursing and Health Care Education Program was signed by representatives of partnering institutions during the Welcome Program organized by the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences (CONAHS) and Extension Services Office for the visiting Korean nursing students. The welcome program was held in the Lecture Room of the International Affairs Office on January 11, 2017. The University was represented by Prof. Rogelio A. Antenor, the Vice President for External Affairs and Information and Communication Technology. Prof. Younghae Chung of Dongshin University, Prof. YounKyoung Jang of Honam University and Prof. Kim Jin Sun of Chosun University signed on behalf of their respective institutions. Prof. Younghae Chung also represented the Global Korean Nursing Foundation.
The collaboration was forged to strengthen the conduct of an international exchange program for the Korean nursing students, and was anchored in one of BatStateU’s values, that is, promoting mutual respect regardless of individual and professional differences.
The exchange program shall be a means for valuable exchanges of knowledge and technologies, outreach programs, community immersion and other related activities. Through these activities, it is hoped that health of people in the communities involved in the program shall improve while the participating universities and students achieve their roles in education and training of future health professionals.
Before the welcome program, the guest Korean Professors were received by Prof. Rogelio A. Antenor on behalf of the University President.
The welcome program was started with a prayer and singing of the national anthems of the Republic of the Philippines and Republic of South Korea. Dr. Erma B. Quinay, VP for Research, Development and Extension Services, formally welcomed the Korean guests, and expressed excitement of the University community members to interact with the Korean students. She also expressed her hopes for a fruitful and meaningful stay of the Korean in Batangas.Prof. Antenor delivered a message on behalf of the University President. He highlighted the educational policies, programs and projects of the University to meet the global standards of education and meet the challenge of producing competitive professionals.
Ms. Charmaine Rose S. Triviño, Dean of CONAHS, gave the rationale of the collaboration and mentioned the activities awaiting the Korean nursing students in the communities of Barangays Alangilan and Balete in Batangas City. She also recognized the efforts of the BatStateU Nursing faculty in preparing the activities to make the visit of the Korean students more meaningful.
Prof. Romeo C. De Castro acknowledged the presence of University officials, the Nursing professors and Nursing students both from BatStateU and Korean Universities. Mr. Alvin R. de Silva, the Assistant Director for Institutional and Industry Development Services, presented the proposed agreement by reading the rationale of the collaboration, while Engr. Edzel Gamab, the Director for International Linkages facilitated the MOA signing.
The Korean students introduced themselves using AVP presentation expressed their enthusiasm to meet the people of Batangas, learn from them and experience rendering health services in Philippines communities.
Prof. Younghae Chung expressed their gratitude to BatStateU for taking time and effort in accommodating them in the community. She said that she finds joy every time comes to the University.
Asst. Prof. Armando V. Mendoza, the Director for Public Relations, encouraged the Korean students to explore the community and experience the hospitality of the Batangueños before formally closing the programs.