CHED lauds MSU System’s Hosting of ICEFC 2018

CHED lauds MSU System’s Hosting of ICEFC 2018

CHED Chairperson Prospero J. De Vera III, DPA congratulated Mindanao State University System for the successful hosting of the International Conference on Environment and Forest Conservation on November 18-20, 2018 at Dakak Park and Beach Resort, Dapitan City.

“I commend the MSU System and its partnership with Kastamonu University of Turkey and other higher education institutions for pursuing international academic collaboration in research and technology innovations to address environmental issues. Protecting the planet and sustaining it for future generations is everyone’s business,” De Vera said in his keynote speech.

“The overarching impetus for this conference is for all of us to attain the goals set forth in the Sustainable Development Agenda 203, also known as the Global Goals,” he added.

Co-hosted by Kastamonu University in Turkey and in partnership with Bogor Agricultural University and SEAMEO Biotrop in Indonesia, the international confab centered on the theme Ecosystem Research and Innovation for a Sustainable World which provided an avenue for academicians, scientists, practitioners, scholars and students from around the globe to share various research findings and interdisciplinary practices on forest

conservation and management; environmental sciences; environmental computing and engineering; environmental education and governance; and disaster risk reduction.

De Vera gladly announced that CHED is directing higher education investments towards: a.) improving the research capabilities of college/university faculty, research staff and graduate students, b.) building up the capital and institutional infrastructure needed for knowledge production and innovation such as laboratories, libraries, business incubators, intellectual property offices, research boards, and office for global partnerships, c) building up, retraining, and retaining a sustainable stream of a new generation of researchers. He then encouraged MSUS to take advantage of the opportunity and create an environment that supports and encourages international partnerships and linkages. He also encouraged the interactions between the academe and industry in promoting innovation, research and development. “We intend to strengthen the ‘quadruple helix’ of government, academe, industry and civil society and shall devise performance measures, incentives and rewards for universities to engage with industry partners and to allow industry to recommend innovations in program or curriculum or delivery modalities in order to further enhance academe-industry collaborations,” he said.

“I leave you with the famous words of Chinese sage and philosopher, Confucius. He said: ‘If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.’ For his parting statement, De Vera emphatically said, “We need to educate people because this is the only way for us to collectively uplift society.”

Dr. Habib W. Macaayong, President of the Mindanao State University System thanked CHED Chairperson De Vera for his all-out support in the advocacy and for having graced the meaningful event. “May this conference bring us all towards a common direction for a more sustainable existence, and let’s make this world a more beautiful place for generations to come,” Macaayong said.

Dr. Irdika Mansur, Director of SEAMEO BIOTROP in Indonesia also wished that the conference would bring significant results for the MSU System and all participating institutions. He shared that their Center has developed technologies and approaches to maximize the benefits from the mining industry, as well as to reduce its negative impact to the environment and the forest.

Also, Prof. Dr. Lailan Syaufina, Vice Dean for Academic and Student Affairs of Bogor Agricultural University in Indonesia delivered the message of their University Rector Dr. Arif Satria who emphasized that a remarkable support from one university to another is one substantial element for fruitfulness in dealing with environmental challenges.

Finally, Prof. Dr. Seyit Aydin, Rector of the Kastamonu University in Turkey emphasized the importance of collaboration among partner institutions to address environmental issues during his talk at the Opening Ceremonies of the International Conference on Environment and Forest Conservation.