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Manuel L. Quezon University and Shandong Vocational and Technical University of International Studies Forge Strategic Partnership

In a significant step towards global academic collaboration, Manuel L. Quezon University (MLQU) and Shandong Vocational and Technical University of International Studies (SWUT) officially sealed a partnership through the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) on February 27, 2024.  The event marked the beginning of a promising alliance that seeks to enhance educational experiences, foster cultural exchange, and promote mutual understanding between the two institutions.

Key Features of the Letter of Intent

  1. Sharing of Faculty Expertise. The LOI outlines a commitment to the exchange of faculty expertise between MLQU and SWUT. The collaboration aims to create a dynamic learning environment where educators from both institutions can share insights, methodologies, and best practices, enriching the educational experience for students on both ends.
  2. Student Exchange Program. The partnership includes a robust student exchange program, allowing students from MLQU and SWUT to immerse themselves in a different cultural and academic setting.  This exchange program aims to broaden students’ perspectives, enhance cross-cultural communication skills, and promote a global outlook in their respective fields of study.
  3. Faculty Exchange for First Hand Experience. Recognizing the value of firsthand experience in learning methodologies, faculty members from MLQU and SWUT will have the opportunity to participate in exchange programs.  This initiative aims to provide educators with direct exposure to teaching methods, curricula, and academic practices, ultimately enriching the overall educational landscape of both institutions.
  4. Joint Research Projects and Publications. The LOI emphasized the establishment of joint research projects and publications.  This collaborative effort between MLQU and SWUT aims to leverage the collective expertise of both faculties, fostering innovation, and contributing to the academic community through impactful research and publications.
  5. Mutual Cooperation in Student Social Action Activities. Both institutions commit to fostering a sense of social responsibility among students by engaging in community extension programs. Through collaborative efforts, MLQU and SWUT aspire to make a positive impact on local communities and instill a commitment to social action in their students.

Established in 2005, SWUT has emerged as a distinguished institution in Shandong Province, People’s Republic of China. With 21,000 full-time students spread across eight faculties, including the School of Foreign Languages, School of International Business, and School of Cultural Creativity and Tourism, SWUT offers a diverse range if study programs encompassing both undergraduate and associate degrees.

The signing ceremony was a momentous occasion attended by key representatives from both institutions.  On behalf of MLQU, Ar.  John Joseph Fernandez, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dean Jaime G. Ang, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies; and Ms. Myra Ramos, University Registrar participated in the signing.  From SWUT, the LOI was signed by Han Lei, Vice President; Cui Ping, President Assistant; and Ma Zhangqin, President Assistant.

The signing of the Letter of Intent marks the beginning of an exciting chapter in the academic journey of both MLQU and SWUT.  This collaborative effort is poised to bring about positive transformations, creating a cross-cultural academic environment that nurtures excellence, innovation, and global citizenship.

As MLQU and SWUT embark on this journey together, they set an inspiring example of international cooperation, fostering a shared commitment to academic advancement and cultural understanding.  The alliance holds the promise of shaping the future of education for the students and faculties of both institutions.

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