In a bid to concretize our research and academic collaboration with partner institutions, Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez Jr., together with Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Portia G. Lapitan, Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension Rex B. Demafelis, and University Extension Specialist Maria Rowena Beatriz Q. Inzon, EnP, met with officials and faculty from the University of Twente (UT) in Enschede, Netherlands.
Dr. Tom Loran, director of International Initiative, and Dr. Dinand Alkema, professor from the Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation or ITC, discussed the programmes under their six scientific departments: Earth Observation Science, Earth Systems Analysis, Geo-Information Processing, Natural Resources, Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-Information Management, and Water Resources.
UPLB’s interest in ITC’s expertise in the use of geospatial solutions is enshrined in the pursuit for further development of agricultural research, specifically those addressing issues that pose a threat to the country's food security.
Chancellor Sanchez and his delegation also met with Dr. Geert Dewulf, dean of the Faculty of Engineering Technology, and Chair and Professor in Water Management Dr. Arjen Y. Hoekstra. They discussed the processes the two universities could undergo in terms of UPLB MS and PhD students’ mobility and research collaboration potential in water footprint analysis as well as in mechanical and biomedical engineering.
Chancellor Sanchez recently created the UPLB Interdisciplinary Studies Center for Water and the UPLB Interdisciplinary Life Cycle Assessment Laboratory hinged to provide national agencies the technical assistance in the impending water crisis that will affect agricultural production and food security.
The meetings defined several opportunities for an academic and research partnership between UPLB and UT.