A memorandum of agreement for the academic corporation was recently signed between Central Mindanao University and the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest (UVMB) in Hungary.
Represented by the CMU President Dr. Maria Luisa R. Soliven and UVMB Vice-Rector for International Linkage Prof. Tibor Bartha, the two universities agreed to conduct academic staff exchange through participation in scientific conferences, seminars, symposiums as well as the exchange of expertise, to define a plan of cooperation on up-to-date scientific issues of interest to both parties.
In her opening remarks at the program on June 25, at CMU Farmer’s Training Center, Dr. Judith Intong, VP for Academic Affairs, said that the CMU administration is pleased and excited that Budapest came to CMU for another international linkage. She said CMU is already sending its faculty for international presentations of their researches.
The College of Veterinary Medicine has presented Thirteen (13) research and extension papers at international conferences in various countries, specifically: Taichung, Taiwan; Khon Kaen and Bangkok, Thailand; Vientiane, Laos; Seoul, Korea, and the Philippines.
“CMU envisions to become a leading ASEAN university in this part of the world. In this vision, we are looking forward to having a lot of international partnerships…we are indeed blessed of your presence in our campus,” Dr. Intong said.
The agreement shall concern the following:
1. Exchange of expertise between research and education staff in short-term studies, seminars, symposiums, study visits, and scientific conferences;
2.Linked study program possibilities through curriculum acceptance;
3.Implementation of the academic/research internships by undergraduate, Master and PhD students;
4. Conducting joint research and teaching programs concerning scientific issues;
5. Publication of scientific papers in periodicals of both parties or any peer-reviewed scientific journal; and
6. Academic mobility, exchange of students and researchers, educational and other academic staff.
Dr. Tibor Bartha, UVMB Vice-rector for International Linkage, revealed that the team is delighted to visit CMU personally.
“We are very much impressed in our stay here in the Philippines, especially in your university. I can say now that our trip here is a success,” he said.
Dr. Bartha gave a background about their university and their achievements in the field of Veterinary Medicine. He also looks forward to the students and faculty from CMU visiting their university in the near future.
Moreover, Dr. Maria Luisa R. Soliven expressed her happiness for the interest of Hungarian partners considering CMU as one of their potential partners in the field of Veterinary Medicine.
However, Dr. Soliven honestly said that CMU has many inadequacies regarding equipment and facilities but assured that CMU commits to improving those facilities for the benefit of the students and the stakeholders of the university.
Among the 24 veterinary schools in the country today, CMU-College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is one of the only 3 Centers of Excellence (COE) as awarded by the Commission of Higher Education (CHED). The CMU- DVM program recently passed the AACCUP level IV-Phase I accreditation (April 01, 2018- March 31, 2019) and is qualified for AACCUP Level IV Phase II.
In 2017, the CVM was awarded as the top performing veterinary school in the country based on the results of the recently concluded Veterinarian Licensure Examination. Two of the CVM graduates placed 2nd and 8th in this licensure examination.
The University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest is one of the oldest veterinary schools in the world. It has an uninterrupted teaching record for more than two centuries. The university is accredited to issue the diplomas of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.), Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology and the postgraduate degree of Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.) in veterinary sciences.
UVMB is duly accredited by European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (E.A.E.V.E.)—the accrediting agency that reinforces co-operation between the establishments for higher education in veterinary science in Europe. (IADalipe-Neri)