IFSU and Kobe Gakuin University keep ties alive

Rice Planting activity of the Kobe Gakuin University of Japan in one of the Rice Terraces at Hungduan, Ifugao.

Rice Planting activity of the Kobe Gakuin University of Japan in one of the Rice Terraces at Hungduan, Ifugao.

On its ninth year of celebrating friendship and fostering collaboration, the university sisters Kobe Gakuin University (KGU) of Japan and the Ifugao State University (IFSU) had this year’s Academic and Cultural Exchange Program on February 25 to March 4, 2017.

Four students and three professors led by Yuka Mizumoto from KGU were accompanied by IFSU counterparts shared significant experiences enlivening the existing vibrant partnership forged on November 14, 2008 by IFSU President Dr. Serafin L. Ngohayon and KGU President Dr. Yoshio Okada.

A cultural exchange program was prepared during the visit at Hapao Campus where both parties showcased their best practices.

The cultural and agricultural practices of the Ifugao people was presented by IFSU Students. The KGU students were made to experience pounding of rice grains thereafter.

Meanwhile, the Japanese students shared Japan’s practices and a background of KGU.

A tree planting inside the school campus was done as part of the activity led by Campus Director Vicente L. Kalaw.

A reach out event to the pupils of Hapao Elementary School with the KGU students leading the fun and games.

The program was even made exciting with the rice planting activity and stone wall repair demonstration and practicum. A visit to one of Hapao’s Ifugao traditional weaving shop was also done.

Meanwhile, aside from the site visits done at Hapao, Hungduan, the heritage sites in the province including the Banaue Rice Terraces in View Point, Ifugao Museum and Peace Museum at Kiangan were also visited before their trip back to Japan.

As contained in the memorandum of agreement, the program is made by IFSU and KGU in establishing linkages with each other in all activities relevant to instruction, research and extension including sharing of technologies and developmental practices in higher education and jointly undertaking developmental projects, strengthening communication channels between and among operating units allowing exchange of ideas, systems and technologies.

It also includes the sharing of facilities and resources, developing joint projects to advance academic excellence including the promotion of love and concern for the people and the protection of the environment that includes faculty and students exchange visits, collaborative researches and extension activities. Lastly, it emphasizes the establishment of Centers of Excellence (COE) and Centers of Development (COD) through sharing their resources and expertise. #

by: Regina D. Guimpatan
Kobe Gakuin University of Japan Students experiencing Rice Pounding.

Kobe Gakuin University of Japan Students experiencing Rice Pounding.