In a bid to promote sustainable development and strengthen community partnership in schools, the Urdaneta City University- Office of External Affairs and Linkages organized a training program on Community Partnership and Sustainable Development Goals on March 10, 2023, at the Cafeteria.
Directors, deans, and program heads of various academic and administrative units participated in a comprehensive discussion on extension services led by Dr. Joselito Gutierrez, Saint Louis University’s Executive Assistant to the President.
Dr. Gutierrez discussed the best practices in community engagement such as building relationships with local businesses, organizations, and government agencies. He also emphasized the importance of meaningful partnerships between schools and their local communities, which are essential in achieving sustainable development goals.
One of the highlights of the training program was a panel discussion on successful community partnerships in education. Participants shared their experiences in working with local partners to implement sustainable development initiatives through group presentations.
Dr. Christine N. Ferrer, Director for External Linkages and International Affairs of Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU), talked about topics about internationalization through building linkages.
She shared her experiences in TAU being the prime mover of international collaborations. Dr. Ferrer noted some best practices in collaborating with partners from different countries and cultures and emphasized the importance of building strong relationships based on mutual respect and trust.
Further, Dr. Amihan April Mella-Alcazar, Acting University President, pointed out in her message the importance of international linkages in advancing research, education, and innovation. He also expressed his commitment to supporting and facilitating international collaborations and partnerships among the university's faculty, staff, and students.
The university plans to organize similar training programs in the future, as part of its efforts to promote internationalization, global engagement, and community partnership in the education sector.