University of Glasgow officials Prof. Clare McManus, Ph.D., Dean for Global Engagement South East Asia and Australasia, and Prof. Cristina Persano, Ph.D., Dean for Internationalization of the College of Science and Engineering, visited the University of Santo Tomas for a partnership renewal with the UST Office of International Relations and Programs (OIRP) on October 9, 2023.
The guests met with the officials of OIRP and College of Science, including the Dean Prof. Rey Donne S. Papa, Ph.D., Graduate School Psychology Cluster Program Lead and College of Science Assistant Dean Prof. Maria Claudette Agnes, Ph.D., and College of Science Psychology Program Chair Asst. Prof. Karen Katrina Trinidad, Ph.D. In the meeting, they shared insights on how the said activities can be brought into fruition.
OIRP started the meeting by reviewing the MOU between UST and GU. The said MOU was signed in 2018, and both parties agreed to renew the partnership with emphasis on intensifying student and faculty mobility and exploring the possibility of joint research in the area of health and well-being.
The plans include cross-border mobility: study abroad for pre-med students, research attachments, exchange studies for one term to a maximum of two terms, and sandwich programs for young faculty members of the Psychology department. They also discussed possibilities of virtual mobility: through joint symposia and delivery of collaborative online international learning (COIL), of which UST had a series of meaningful delivery of the said program under the EU SHARE. GU expressed its willingness to learn about the delivery of COIL and used the framework implemented by UST OIRP.