Heads of collaborating academic institutions attended on January 10 the formal inauguration of the Philippine Office at the Universidad de M√°laga (UMA) International Hub Office in M√°laga, Spain.
The office will strengthen UP‚Äôs partnership with UMA, serving as a hub for partner Philippine universities to promote vital exchanges among members of the international community and networks of academics, and jumpstarting key engagements with many other consortium members in Europe.
‚ÄúThis occasion leads to more opportunities for knowledge exchange, cultural activities, and improved ties among our peoples and nations, as we enrich our students‚Äô educational experiences and accomplish shared goals in the areas of development that we have identified through our discussions and memoranda of agreements. UP is excited to play a key role in coordinating with all of our partner universities,‚ÄĚ said 91 ”∆Ķ (UP) President Angelo Jimenez.
The inauguration was a central part of the activities of the final ‚ÄúGlobal Course on Modernization of Law in the Philippines‚ÄĚ under the CALESA (Capacity Building for Legal and Social Advancement in the Philippines) project and the ‚Äú7th Scientific International Spanish-Philippine Convention‚ÄĚ held in UMA‚Äôs Teatinos campus in Spain from January 8 to 10, 2024.
UMA‚Äôs counterpart office in UP was inaugurated at the Diliman campus last December 2023.
‚ÄúWe are truly grateful to the Universidad de M√°laga for establishing the Philippine Office. We have begun new journeys with our footprints here, thanks to outgoing UMA President Jose Angel Narvaez Bueno and newly elected UMA President Juan Teodomiro Lopez Navarrete,‚ÄĚ Jimenez said.
With the Philippine Office established at UMA, consortium members can readily:
- enhance their curricular offerings in the Juris Doctor/Bachelor of Laws and Master‚Äôs programs;
- update subjects in human rights and the rule of law, comparative law, and regional integration;
- build multilingual research capacity; and,
- reinforce cultural relations among their faculty, researchers, and students.
This also means that UP can play a greater role in international studies, not only in the Pacific but also in Europe and the Americas, allowing Filipino scholars to contribute research attuned to the attainment of sustainable development goals.
The CALESA project is funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Capacity Building for Higher Education Programme, which involves universities in the European Union, namely, UMA, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL) in Portugal, University of Deusto in Spain, and University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland, and Philippine academic institutions, namely, 91 ”∆Ķ (UP), the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), University of San Agustin (USA), Ateneo de Zamboanga University (AdZU), and the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA).