The Department rekindled old partnerships and forged new ones in a series of meetings conducted this week.

Chairperson Kristina Gallego, along with Japanese Cluster faculty members Dr. Mary Ann Bacolod, Farah Cunanan, Ria Rafael, and Michael Manahan, met with Japan Foundation Manila to discuss co-organizing events and activities that will promote Japanese language and culture. These events are set to be held in 2023 to 2024.

Ms. Hiroko Nishida, the Secretary General of the Kamenori Foundation in Japan, visited the Department to discuss the establishment of a memorandum of agreement between the Department and their foundation, which, among other things, will provide our students opportunities to participate in their Kamenori College program. This program, which BA Ling student Patricia Monderin participated in last year, aims to promote friendship and mutual understanding between Japan and other nations by developing future global leaders who will act as a bridge between nations.

This year’s Kamenori College program will be held from August 29 until September 01. Round-trip air tickets, accommodation, and meals for the whole duration of the program will be covered by the Kamenori Foundation. The Department’s Japanese Cluster will once again invite applications from BA Ling majors within the month.

The Department also welcomed a delegation from Warmadewa University in Bali, Indonesia, who came to discuss possible collaborations and exchange programs. Warmadewa University’s rector Dr. Dewa Put Widjana, vice dean of academic affairs Dr. Ni Wayan Kasni, and the linguistics graduate program chairperson Dr. Mirsa Umiyati introduced their university’s linguistics program and opportunities that they can provide to students interested in studying at their university.

We look forward to working together with Warmadewa University and promoting interest in Indonesian languages and linguistics!

Published by UP Department of Linguistics