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UPD establishes academic cooperation with the Italian Embassy

(Center from left) H.E. Massimo Roscigno, Italian Ambassador to the Philippines, and UPD Chancellor Michael L. Tan at the MOU signing on April 3 at the Office of the Chancellor. Also in photo are (from left) Prof. Emanuela Adesini, College of Arts and Letters dean Dr. Elena R. Mirano, (2nd row from left) Department of European Languages chair Prof. Danilo Victorino Manarpaac, Hon. Alfonso Tagliaferri of the Italian Embassy and CAL associate dean Dr. Gonzalo Campoamor II.

(APR. 8)—The University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Embassy of Italy in Manila (Italian Embassy) to establish an academic cooperation “to strengthen its academic program in the area of Italian language, culture and literature.”

The MOU was signed by Italian Ambassador to the Philippines Massimo Roscigno and UPD Chancellor Michael L. Tan on April 3 at the Office of the Chancellor.

As stated in the MOU, UPD and the Italian Embassy shall cooperate in the “development of joint studies, research, educational and other training programs of mutual interest.”

This cooperation includes participation in education, training, meetings and seminars upon invitation of the institution organizing the activity; exchange of expertise and information in teaching programs; assistance in the development of new areas of activities and the corresponding manpower for the benefit of the institutions; joint efforts in carrying out a program of publishing studies, research, creative work and translations; exchange of available publications, research and scholarly papers, and access to both institutions’ research facilities as may be needed.

The MOU supports UPD’s mandate as a center of excellence in Foreign Languages which is “to promote further improvement of its teaching standards by granting its faculty opportunities for professional growth through studies abroad or local training programs or through cooperation and collaboration with other institutions, foreign or local, in academic-enriching endeavors.”

Moreover, UPD and the Italian Embassy shall cooperate “in the examination and evaluation of the diplomas, certificates and academic titles by the educational institutions in their respective countries in the fields and disciplines” covered by the agreement.

The MOU is valid for three years and is subject to annual review by both parties.

Witnesses to the MOU signing were Italian Embassy’s First Secretary and Deputy Head of Mission Alfonso Tagliaferri; Prof. Emanuela Adesini, Officer for the Promotion of Italian Language and Culture; Dr. Elena R. Mirano, UP College of Arts and Letters (CAL) dean; Dr. Gonzalo Campoamor II, CAL associate dean; Prof. Danilo Victorino Manarpaac, Department of European Languages chair, and Dr. Cristine Villagonzalo, Office of Extension Coordination director. —Haidee C. Pineda, images by Leonardo A. Reyes