External Affairs

By Dr. John Octavios S. Palina
VP for Administration and OIC, External Affairs Office

A Memorandum of Agreement, which was collaboratively prepared by the External Affairs representatives from Saint Mary’s University (SMU) and University of Battambang (UBB) was signed last November 24, 2010. The signing was held at the University (UBB), Cambodia with President Fr. Renillo H. Sta. Ana, CICM representing the University and Dr. Touch Visalsok, Rector, representing UBB.

Witnesses to the signing were Dr. Moises Alexander T. Asuncion, VP for Academics of SMU and Mr. Bin Chhom, Vice Rector of UBB.

The MOA specifies that both parties shall establish a mutual framework governing the collaboration in conducting a Master’s degree program in Information Technology and PhD programs along the fields of Business Administration and Public Administration. University of Battambang shall serve as the host institution while Saint Mary’s University shall be the delivering institution.

Under this scheme, SMU shall be in-charge of the whole process of teaching activities for the graduate programs, including the design and management of the programs. UBB on the other hand shall be in-charge of enrollment registration, advertising campaigns, and educational facilities and equipment, including travel arrangements and accommodation of Visiting Lecturers/Professors from SMU. With this partnership, faculty members from the above-stated disciplines at SMU will have the opportunity to broaden their teaching experience horizon.

UBB was founded by Sar Kheng in 2007, the Deputy Prime Minister of Interior in Cambodia. It is a public university under the supervision of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport. They offer around 22 undergraduate degrees across five Faculties namely, [1] Business Administration & Tourism; [2] Science & Technology; [3]Agriculture & Food Processing; [4] Sociology & Community Development; and [5]Arts, Humanities & Education].

The partnership between SMU and UBB started in 2009 through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Since then, several faculty members were invited to serve as Lecturers at UBB for short term courses in Educational Leadership (Dr. Henry Navarro) and Information Communication and Technology (Mr. Erwin Calata and Mr. Glenn Mayawin).
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