UP Open University

International Learning Center eyed in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Dr. Melinda dela Peña Bandalaria, Chancellor of UP Open University (UPOU) travelled to Kaohsiung, Taiwan on 9-12 August 2016 as a sequel to the discussions about the establishment of an International UPOU Learning Center, following UPOU’s first visit in January 2016.

About 7000 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) are based in Taiwan’s Export Processing Zone Administration (EPZA) and the Orient Semiconductor Electronics (OSE) in Kaohsiung. Through the establishment of an International UPOU Learning Center, in cooperation with the Southern Taiwan Universities Alliance (STUA), these Filipinos will be given opportunity to advance in their profession and achieve growth in their career.

 At Chancellor Bandalaria’s instruction, Dr. Melinda Lumanta, UPOU Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, has created a training needs analysis (TNA) for the establishment of a UPOU learning center in EPZA. The TNA was made available in soft copy online, and in hard copy, and covers awareness, importance and interest in UPOU programs, and other items related to the services provided by a UPOU Learning Center.

University of the Philippines (UP) Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gisela Concepcion, was with Dr. Bandalaria during the visit to Kaohsiung. Dr. Ching-Kuan Liu of Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU, welcomed the party from the UP System after which a memorandum of understanding was signed between the UP System and KMU for collaborative discussions. Dr. Bandalaria and Dr. Concepcion visited different universities in Kaohsiung, including the KMU, the National Kaohsiung University of Applied Science (NKUAS) as the trip’s official host university. They were also toured around EPZA and OSE and the City of Kaohsiung.

Their 3-night stay at Kaohsiung was courtesy of the Kindness Hotel where a Fellowship Center was opened in January 2016 to show support for the regional initiatives between Shu-Te University, UP and UPOU. (Anna Cañas-Llamas)