Memorandum of Understanding between National Chengchi University and Ifugao State University, the Philippines and University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, USA
Date : 2019-05-29 Department : 民族系By Department of Ethnology
On May 25, 2019, the National Chengchi University (NCCU), the Ifugao State University (IFSU), and the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UHM) formally sealed its partnership in the “Environment and Social System: Historical Ecology in a Dynamic World” workshop organized by the Taiwan-Philippines Science and Technology Innovation Center (CTPILS), a newly established center tasked in collaborating with international universities to strengthen indigenous knowledge and sustainable development research and practice in Taiwan and other countries. After the signing of MoUs, NCCU establish a collaboration partnership between three countries (Taiwan, the Philippines and the United states) and four universities (NCCU, IFSU, UHM, UCLA) based on the platform of Taiwan-Philippines Science and Technology Innovation Center (CTPILS).
The workshop commenced with NCCU President Ming-Cheng Kuo and IFSU President Eva Marie Codamon-Dugyon signing an MoU between NCCU and IFSU. The primary goal of the partnership is to enhance academic exchanges and research collaboration, through the Taiwan-Philippines Science and Technology Innovation Center, between the two universities.
The ceremony also saw the exchanging of an MoU between Dr. Kuo and Dr. Miriam Stark, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the UHM to strengthen NCCU and UHM’s academic exchanges (i.e., student and faculty) and research collaboration.
NCCU’s partnership with IFSU, UHM, and University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) is based on the university’s longstanding dedication to be at the helm of Southeast Asian and Indigenous studies in the region. In its pursuit of this goal, NCCU established several centers, namely, the Center for Aboriginal Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), and CTPILS in 1999, 2016, and 2018, respectively.
IFSU, which was established in 1920, has a depth of research expertise in indigenous knowledge and the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1995. The state university also has partnerships with Kanazawa University and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO).
Meanwhile, UHM possesses considerable experience in Southeast Asian and indigenous studies, as its Hawai’ian Institute of Knowledge (Hawai'inuiākea School of Hawai’ian Knowledge) is considered to be a one of the prominent local knowledge accumulation databases in the region. NCCU hopes to foster ties with the aforementioned universities, especially in indigenous studies in Southeast Asia.
The MoU ceremony is the result of the long-term collaboration internationally and the connections with international institutes. The workshop of the Taiwan-Philippines Innovation Center also brought the institutes which focuses on indigenous/local knowledge studies all together in NCCU. In addition to the representatives from IFSU and UHM, delegates from the UCLA, University of the Philippines Diliman, Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement, and NCCU’s Department of Ethnology were present to witness the ceremony.
The climax of the ceremony is that with the newly signed MoU together with the MoU between the department of Ethnology, NCCU, and Anthropology, UCLA, which is signed in 2017, the partnerships represents the network of three countries-four universities, and declare their mutual determination to promote more exchanges and cooperation in the future.