Cebu Normal University (CNU) officially signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Manav Rachna University (MRU) of India via Zoom today, May 18, 2023.
After a series of prior engagements steered by the College of Teacher Education (CTE) – Internalization, the CNU and MRU partnership was formally cemented, bringing forth prospects for student and faculty exchange programs, research collaboration, and joint online learning.
Correspondingly, the focal fields of the accord are behavioral sciences, media and humanities studies, hotel management, culinary arts, applied sciences, and education.
Anchored by the Internalization Chair Dr. Janet Mananay, with the External Affairs and International Linkages (EAIL) Director Dr. Naila Beltran, the ceremony was outset by messages from either dignitary.
Vice President for Research, Extension, and Publication Dr. Angeline Pogoy expressed her enthusiasm for the partnership by accenting both universities’ “shared efforts and unwavering determination [to] create a brighter future for students.”
“Our partnership aims to promote cross-cultural understanding, diversity, and innovation, enriching the academic experiences of our students and professors alike,” she said.
Pogoy furthered that she is honored to join hands with MRU, calling it an institution “known for innovation, research-driven approach, and dedication to holistic development.”
Meanwhile, International Affairs Executive Director Colonel Girish Kumar Sharma conveyed gratitude for the sealing of matters, considering the amount of energy and effort in initiating dialogue between the schools.
“I am very optimistic that our relationship will be a sustained one, and in [the] long term, our two universities will bond together,” Sharma stated.
In an interview with Ang Suga, Mananay underlined the importance of “bridging the gap” by strengthening intercultural relations.
“Initiatives should be made clear,” Mananay shared, “which is why the ceremonial MOA signing had to be done. [Internalization] is now really the direction of the university, gearing towards collaboration with universities outside the country [and] moving towards forging friendships.” §
Words and Screenshots by Carlos Leopoldo Cabeza III