TAU launches virtual international exchange program amid pandemic
To collaboratively address the global challenges in higher learning amid pandemic, the Tarlac Agricultural University and six partner universities in Indonesia foregrounded their internationalization efforts by launching a virtual student exchange program via a Zoom meeting last March 8, 2021.
Director Christine N. Ferrer of TAU-External Linkages and International Affairs reiterated that strengthening academic partnerships with premier universities abroad is imperative to students’ global future. Despite the diverse needs of the students, Dr. Ferrer stressed the benefits of harmonizing the curriculum through global cooperation, providing the students their prospective careers, and expose them to varying cultures.
Consequently, TAU President Max P. Guillermo welcomed the rectors and the deans from the six Indonesian universities who participated in this virtual student exchange program. Dr. Guillermo added that the essence of the international exchange program is to initiate the sharing of the best practices with global partners. He also hopes that this program would continue to expand the University’s network in providing quality education, research productions, and community development services.
The participating Indonesian universities in this virtual student exchange program are the Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB), the Universitas Pancasakti Tegal (UPS), the Universitas Islam Malang (UNISMA), the Universitas Pembangunan Nasional “Veteran” Yogyakarta (UPNVY), the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS), and the Universitas Negeri Surabaya (UNESA).