A partnership meeting between officials from the San Sebastian College – Recoletos Manila and some visiting officials from the Naresuan University of Thailand was held on May 8 at the Seminar Room of SSC-R Manila. In attendance were heads of various units of SSC-R Manila led by Rev. Fr. Leander Barrot, Vice President for Academics, and Rev. Fr. Joel Alve, Vice President for Student Welfare. Prof. Dr. Sujin Jinahyon (President of Naresuan University), General Dr. Siri Thiwaphan (Deputy Chair of Naresuan University Council), Dr. Suchart Muangkeow (Vice President for Administrative Affairs), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Poonsuk Hingkanont (Dean of Faculty of Nursing), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Watana Padgate (Director of Naresuan University International College), Ms. Piyawan Uttapan (International Relations Officer), and Mrs. Supaleka Phanpanya (Public Relations Officer) represented the Naresuan University.
This meeting was meant to concretize the partnership between the two academic institutions in terms of academic collaborations and cultural exchange programs. In his speech during the meeting, Dr. Jinahyon calls this partnership as a strategy for the realization of Naresuan University’s vision of becoming a research-based university before 2017. It is clear for them, for instance, that in order to make people engage in their projects and to motivate them to be innovative, they must work towards developing an academic community strong in the English language, thus, their plan to send students to SSC-R Manila who shall undergo comprehensive lessons in the English language learning. Dr. Jinahyon further points out that this move towards research ensures promotion of growth of their country.
The meeting ended with the respective officials granting tokens to their respective institutions.