The Holy Cross of Davao College has further strengthened its international relations through a sealed agreement with the New Generation Pedagogical Research Center (NGPRC) in Cambodia last March 25.

The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), which was a historic event for both institutions, was led by HCDC President Br. Noelvic H. Deloria S.C. and the Center Manager for NGPRC Professor Chan Roath.

The event was also witnessed and participated by HCDC Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Teresa P. Fabiania, NGPRC Training Coordinator Dr. Sun Somara, Head of the Center for Linkages, Internationalization and Language Studies (LINK-IN & LS) Sheryl J. Urdaneta.

The MOA, which is effective for three years, was agreed between the two academic institutions with the desire to work together in the future for education and cooperation.

This is a very exciting moment for the two institutions, the HCDC and NGPRC. Indeed, this is a milestone. By this MOA signing we have conquered COVID-19  pandemic. That despite all the challenges that we have, we can still pursue our vision, our dreams, our aspirations. We are also creating opportunitiesto build fraternity and solidarity international educational cooperation, cross-cultural exchanges and many others,” Br. Deloria said in his opening remarks.

Meanwhile, Professor Roath said the agreement is a great opportunity for learning and sharing of experiences both virtually and physically.

I strongly believe that the agreement [MOA] will be a great way to collaborate between the two partners that will bring concrete and practical result and outcome especially in the field of teaching and research,” he said.

This collaboration between HCDC and NGPRC will open opportunities for the cooperation and promotion of joint research studies for teachers and students, exchange of information relating to teaching and research activities and lectures.

This is a partnership beyond visible borders. With this MOA signing we will have the chance to enrich each other in terms of best practices. In mentoring our  students, research, widen our professional and cultural perspectives and take another step forward towards truly becoming global,” Dr. Fabiania said as she emphasized the end result which can have a great impact not only to both parties but potentially across Southeast Asia and neighboring regions.

Dr. Fabiania also said that the exchange of students and faculty is open not only to a certain program but to anyone who is willing to go to Cambodia to study and experience their culture. (Kareen Beltran, BA Comm Intern)