During a business trip to Japan, the University’s top officials, led by the Very Rev. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P., PhD, Rector, explored partnerships with three top educational institutions, namely Elisabeth University of Music, Osaka University, and Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology.

A boost for internationalization of Music students
The meeting with officials of Elisabeth University of Music was for the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement that reinforces the existing bilateral link between the two universities. Specifically, this new agreement focuses on faculty and student exchanges.

For Sta. Rosa and GenSan campuses
As part of UST’s expansion efforts to Laguna and General Santos City, separate visits were conducted to the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, led by President Peter Gruss, and Osaka University.

The visit to Osaka University likewise allowed UST officials to learn best practices with regard to establishing a tech transfer office and strengthening industry linkages.

Included in the visits to OIST and OsakaU were meetings with faculty and alumni.

From lab to market
UST-Manila will soon setup a tech transfer office, which will complement the existing functions of the Innovation Technology Support Office. According to ITSO Manager Michael Jorge N. Peralta, Ll. M., the tech transfer office “will help facilitate the transfer of technology and innovations from the lab to the market. The existing services of ITSO, specifically on intellectual property registration and patent search, will help in this.”

Representing the University were Fr. Dagohoy, Vice-Rector for Finance Fr. Rolando M. Castro, O.P., SThL; Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs Cheryl R. Peralta, DrPH; Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation Maribel G. Nonato, PhD; Innovation and Technology Support Office Manager Michael Jorge N. Peralta, MSc, Ll. M.; and Facilities Management Office Director Fr. Dexter A. Austria, SThD.