THE University of Science and Technology of the Philippines (USTP) has inked a partnership with environment realty champions Italpinas Development Corporation to develop environmental-themed curricula as well as consult in transforming their campuses into more green-friendly spaces.
The memorandum of understanding (MOU) signing was inked between Italpinas Development Corporation chairman and CEO Romolo Nati and USTP vice chancellor Consorcio Namoco Jr. last Thursday at the USTP Chancellor’s Office in its Cagayan de Oro City main campus along CM Recto Avenue.
Namoco said they are looking forward working with Italpinas in the conduct of seminars and symposia related to green building technologies and sustainable urban development and innovation, participation in the enhancement and reviews of relevant curricular progams and conduct of collaborative projects, among others.
In particular, Namoco said they are looking into the possibility pending Ched approval of offering a Master in Sustainable Development and Master in Public Innovation programs there.
These programs, he pointed out, will try to lessen the gap between industry and academe.
Italpinas will likewise be tapped to enhance the already environment-friendly main campus such as creating a rain catchment there which could be use to water the plants and toilets. The rain catchment would also serve as the university’s response to perennial flooding in the area.
Namoco added that they will also be consulting with Italpinas on how to develop their 292-hectare soon to be campus in Alubijid, Misamis Oriental to make it environment friendly.
For his part, Nati said they chose USTP as their partner since it is the premier educational institution in the region that is science-centric.
“In our ten years of doing business in Cagayan de Oro, we thank the community for welcoming us. That is why we want to give back something to our host community,” he said.
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