Posted on July 31, 2018
On July 27, 2018, I have signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the MAPUA UNIVERSITY for collaboration in research and education in Space Science and Physics. On the part of Mapua University, the MOA is signed by Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea, President and Chief Executive Officer.
The idea of having a MOA between the two Universities was conceived by Prof. Ryan Guido, the Chair of the Department of Earth and Space Sciences of the RTU and by Dr. Ernest Macalalad, a professor of Physics in Mapua University, who visited us sometime this year to deliver a lecture to our students and faculty. Dr. Macalalad is our colleague in the Division XII (Earth and Space Sciences) of the NRCP.
During the signing ceremony, Dr. Vea, who is an Academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology, suggested that perhaps we can contribute to the proposed creation of a national space agency that would work towards sending Filipinos and satellites into space. More importantly, the collaboration will enhance our work in Astronomy and Science education where we aim to propagate scientific interest among our young people. Knowledge comes through the telescope, and if you show Saturn to a kid, or even to an adult, scientific interest is immediately triggered. The two Universities can further explore areas where they can collaborate in fields in Engineering and Technology.
We have invited the Mapuans, Dr. Macalalad and his students, to attend the lectures in Astrophysics to be delivered by the scientists and astronomers from the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) on August 15 to 16 in the RizalTech.
Before the formal signing we were guided on a tour of the laboratory facilities of Mapua University. I took pictures of their equipment and shown them to some of our engineers upon our return to our campus. Mapua has excellent state-of-the-art equipment in Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, and there are many which we should also acquire. The number of our equipment has been increasing. Perhaps the new building being proposed by Congresswoman Queenie Gonzales to be built at the back of the Profeta Building should be a laboratory building, with enough spacious rooms to house all our incoming equipment. Mapua’s laboratories are quite small because their buildings have been built before the new equipment were available. Even our own buildings in the RizalTech have not been designed to accommodate big modern equipment.
The Mapua-RizalTech collaboration is, I believe, an important step for Philippine Education.