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Partnership Agreement with the Oklahoma State University a Welcome Development for MLQU’s School of Criminal Justice

MLQU has taken a step closer to having a top-notch School of Criminal Justice that will be educating future agents of the law on the most advanced knowledge and techniques of crime prevention, detection and solution.

That’s because the MLQU School of Criminal Justice recently signed a partnership with the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences (OSU-CHS) that gives MLQU access to world-class educational expertise in many aspects of criminal justice, including forensic science.

The signing of the said partnership happened last November 22, 2022 at the Victoria Sports Plaza. The principal signing parties were Atty. Paquito N. Ochoa Jr., President of the Manuel L. Quezon University and Dr. Christopher Cowlin, Adjunct Faculty Liaison, Oklahoma State University, Center for Health Sciences, an internationally recognized humanitarian who holds eight (8) graduate degrees across multiple disciplines and languages. He is a Forensic Psychologist, Master EOD.

The OSU-CHS exchange coordinating team is led Dr. John J. Frucci III. EdD, MS, CIPBI, Assistant Professor. He is the Director of The Center for Fire & Explosives, Forensic Investigations, Training & Research (CENFEX). He is also the MSFS AEFTI, Arson, Explosives, Firearms & Tool Marks and Forensic Investigative Sciences, Program Director, Institute for Global Explosive Hazard Mitigation.

His counterpart Exchange Coordinator is Dean Rosauro Angelo (‘Roel’) J. Rodriguez of the MLQU School of Criminal Justice. 

The signing was witnessed by  P. Wayne Turnbull, Southeast Asia Regional Manager, GW Humanitarian Foundation and Commodore Roy Vincent Trinidad, Acting Commander of the Philippine Navy Fleet. 

Also present were various MLQU Officials including Executive Vice President Lucille P. Ortile and Vice President for Legal Affairs Gilbert Viloria.

The agreement covers a wide scope of sharing of educational experience and expertise as well as facilities, which include Faculty Development and Exchange Program where the two partner-schools can invite scholars from both sides of the Pacific Ocean for lectures, talks, and two way sharing of knowledge and best teaching practices.

Other mutually beneficial points of agreement are Student Development and Exchange Program, joint educational and training activities, publications and library exchanges, as well as development of joint programs to include laboratory development and training programs.  

Students and faculty of the MLQU School of Criminal Justice stand to benefit greatly from this partnership. 

Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A., the OSU-CHS is a premier academic health center comprised of the School of Forensic Sciences, the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Health Care Administration, the School of Allied Health and a Physician Assistant Program.

Furthermore, within the OSU Center for Health Sciences is a $43 million facility funded by the City of Tulsa with office space, classrooms and laboratories which serves as home to the Schools of Forensic Sciences and Biomedical Sciences, and the Tulsa Police Department’s Forensic Laboratory.

Another awesome facility is the OSU School of Forensic Sciences which sits on approximately 300 acres of Oklahoma land that is now being developed as an explosives range and an outdoor laboratory for research on such areas as body decomposition, forensic archeology and forensic entomology.

Initially, the two schools hope to work together and introduce some current OSU-CHS innovations that would save more lives and promote peace and security in the Philippines.

On the other hand, OSU’s databasing facility will have access to life-saving data exclusive to MLQU-SCJ (the first and only in the Philippines and even in South East Asia.  

It will also be a point of pride for faculty and students of the MLQU SCJ in terms of institutional credibility and reputation as it will enhance the image of MLQU as a leading school for Criminal Justice.

This partnership is also highly significant and very timely since MLQU School of Criminal Justice is being eyed to be the premier External Education and Training Provider of Criminal Justice, Forensic Sciences and Investigation and other Specialized Courses for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and other Law Enforcement Agencies.

All in all, the signing of the  agreement is one giant leap for criminal justice education. Thanks to this partnership, the professional expertise of our country’s agents of the law will soon be at par with the world’s best. 

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