A PHILIPPINE university has partnered with an Indian counterpart to advance marine research and development in the country, according to a statement released by the Indian Embassy on Sunday.
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the Indian Maritime University and Batangas State University is part of the two nations’ goal to strengthen maritime cooperation.
“This MoU will particularly facilitate the skilling of specialized human resources, which is a key objective of both governments and also in line with the effort of both countries to further expand their people-centric partnership,” said Ambassador of India to the Philippines Shambhu S. Kumaran, who witnessed the signing ceremony.
The two academic institutions will initially focus will be on naval architecture and ocean engineering, Indian Maritime University Vice Chancellor Malini V. Shankar said, noting an eventual expansion to marine engineering, nautical science and management.
The MoU will also facilitate exchange of best practices, as well as visits by scientists and technologists from both countries.
Batangas State University President Tirso A. Ronquillo said the partnership will help with the implementation of programs in the field of marine science, marine biodiversity, and port and logistics management.
It will also boost existing programs and future research in marine technology, he said, adding that biodiversity research is enhanced by joint developmental programs.
The signing of the MoU “will give further impetus to bilateral relations between India and Philippines in the field of maritime cooperation, and also contribute to the broader progress and development of the Indo-Pacific region,” the embassy said.
The Indian Maritime University, established in 2008 as a central university, plays a key role in the development of trained human resources for India’s maritime sector.
The Batangas State University, established in 1903 as a manual training school, has advanced into becoming the Philippines’ National Engineering University in 2022, seeking to develop capable engineers in various segments of marine engineering. — Alyssa Nicole O. Tan