Three CSU students pay courtesy call to Dr. Urdujah Alvarado and a mentor in this Sept. 5, 2021 file photo before they travel abroad to St. Mary’s University-Canada for student exchange scholarship grants.(CSU)

By VINCE JACOB A. VISAYA, Correspondent

TUGUEGARAO CITY-To develop students’ knowledge and professionalize teachers, the Cagayan State University has been finalizing memoranda of agreements this year for exchange and partnerships with Malaysia and Indonesian universities aside from other schools. 

Dr. Urdujah Alvarado, CSU university president, said in a recent briefing that international partnerships with universities have been a part of the training system of the school for students and teachers.

“Others also barely like to be sent abroad such as for opportunities offered by the Department of Science and Technology even though they are recommended so we encourage students and teachers to apply,” she said.  

Problems, however, arise like in the past years when two faculty members did not return home despite an agreement to be back and teach in the university, Father Ranhilio Aquino, CSU vice president for administration and finance.    

The memoranda of agreements with foreign universities for international exchange and partnerships include Universiti Teknologi Mara in Malaysia, Universitas Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara in Indonesia, National Taiwan Ocean University in Taiwan, and Thai Nguyen University in Vietnam. 

Alvarado also noted that the university had hosted the International Conference in Futures Thinking together with international and national partners all towards a stronger internationalization program for the University last year.

She also cited three students who passed rigid selection, who were eventually recipients of the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges Development (SEED) Program which enabled the scholars “the opportunity to experience Canadian education” at St. Mary’s University, Halifax Nova Scotia in Canada.

The university has 32,683 graduate and undergraduate enrollees this school year.

Aside from the international exposures, Alvarado said they have been implementing the CSU Learning Environment Network System, a virtual learning space for learners and teachers, is utilized to conduct online learning.#