Cebu Institute of Technology University and Nihon University College of Science and Technology Seals Memorandum of Agreement
On July 28, 2017, Cebu Institute of Technology University and the College of Science and Technology of Nihon University signed a Memorandum of Agreement, formalizing and furthering the ties between the two parties for cultural and educational collaboration.
Courtesy Call. The day started with a short courtesy call held in the Executive Office Conference Room. The session was participated by Engr. Bernard Nicolas Villamor, Mr. John Gregory Escario, Atty. Corazon Evangelista-Valencia, Dr. Evangeline Evangelista, Engr. Rowena Alviola, Engr. Concordia Bacalso, Engr. Felrem Lor, Engr. Suzette Pacaña, Engr. Maria Victoria Yazar, Engr. Nicarter Teves, and Engr. Alein Navares from CIT University. Attendees from Nihon University are Dr. Akio Kobayashi, Dr. Akio Kuroyanagi, Dr. Keiji Katijima, Dr. Ryo Sugahara, and Dr. Nobuyoshi Yashima.
University Tour. Right after the courtesy call. The group proceeded with touring the campus guided by Engr. Concordia Bacalso and Engr. Alein Navares.
Food Innovation Center and Library and Learning Resource Center. The journey started with a visit in the Food and Innovation Center and followed by a quick trip around the Library and Learning Resource Center. In the two sites, the visitors were able to see the facilities that we have and the systems that we are using to facilitate better learning for our students. In the library, they also took a look at our renowned Wall of Fame where the names of all our Board Topnotchers are showcased.
Mechanical Engineering Department. The group then proceeded to the Mechanical Engineering Department where the laboratory facilities were showed, with the facilitation of Engr. Robert Base. Among these are the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Lathe Machine and the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Milling Machine.
Civil Engineering Presentations in the Discussion Room. Next in the itinerary was the presentation conducted by the Civil Engineering Department in the university Discussion Room. Here, the students presented models based on their two studies: 1) A Comparative Study on the Behavior of a 50-Storey Building Under Seismic Loads Using Static Force Procedure and Modal Analysis, and 2) Seismic Response of a 2-Storey Essential Reinforced Concrete Building Having a Rocking Column Isolation System.
CIT High School Building. A group led by Dr. Keiji Katijima, together with Engr. Nicarter Teves, Engr. Suzette Pacaña, and Engr. Bernard Nicolas Villamor went to the High School building as a part of the project on seismic evaluation and seismic retrofit design.
MOA Signing. The third part of the day was the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement which was done in the Golden Gear Fine Dining Room. Atty. Corazon E. Valencia welcomed all the attendees which included everyone who were present during the courtesy call with the addition of Ar. June Bayaton, Engr. Teresa Prieto, Engr. Jhed Jambongana, Engr. Carmen Polancos, Engr. Joselito Ferraren, Engr. Carlos Graciosa, Engr. John Matugas, and Dr. Arsenio Pacaña.
The presentation of the objectives of the CIT University and Nihon University Faculty/Student Exchange program followed, through the facilitation of Dr. Evangeline Evangelista. Civil Engineering faculty, Engr. Maria Victoria C. Yazar, and Civil Engineering students John Matugas and Carla Alerta are set to fly to Japan and visit Nihon University to present their studies namely: 1) A Comparative Study on the Behavior of a 50-Storey Building Under Seismic Loads Using Static Force Procedure and Modal Analysis, and 2) Seismic Response of a 2-Storey Essential Reinforced Concrete Building Having a Rocking Column Isolation System.
What followed was the exchange of messages from Engr. Bernard Nicolas Villamor, CIT University President, and Dr. Akio Kobayashi from the Department of Architecture & Oceanic Engineering, College of Science and Technology, Nihon University. The program proceeded with the ceremonial signing of the MOA and the presentation of the plaque of appreciation and tokens of appreciation to Nihon University. As a symbol of gratitude, Nihon University also gifted the university with a commemorative art piece known as Ukiyo-e or woodblock printing, a traditional Japanese art form that dates back over 300 years.
The program was formally closed with a message from Mr. John Gregory Escario, Vice President for Administration.
Both CIT University and Nihon University have high hopes that this alliance will continue to bring forth stronger linkage, continued collaboration, and evolutionary innovation that will not just benefit the stakeholders of both universities but the global community as well.