by danny calleja
The administration of Bicol University (BU) here announced over the weekend it will host four international conferences before the end of the year.
From Oct. 11 to 13, BU’s Graduate School will be holding the International Academic Colloquium with the core theme: “Reforms and Innovations in Higher Education towards Sustainable Development and Productivity.”
The event, part of BU’s 41st Foundation Anniversary celebration, will feature papers with cluster themes on Agriculture and Fisheries; Graduate Education and Teacher Education; Science and Technology and Health Sciences; Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation; Social Sciences, Culture and the Arts; Business, Economics, and Management; Peace and Security Studies; and Local Government and Public Administration.
The colloquium will be held at the Concourse Convention Center, Legazpi City. Interested participants may contact the dean of the BU Graduate School and Colloquium Convenor, Dr. Nora Licup at telefax no. (052) 481-1454.
Next is the International Conference on Climate-Smart Knowledge Management for the Uplands on Nov. 7 to 9.
The BU College of Agriculture and Forestry (BUCAF) will host this conference with the theme, “Restoring the uplands’ integrity, securing lives and environment.”
The Conference shall feature research and development and innovations on the following thematic areas: Upland Environmental Governance; Food Security; Biodiversity, Watershed and Waterways Management; and Sustainable Tourism and Rural Development.
Inquiries may be directed to Bicol University College of Agriculture and Forestry at telephone no. (052) 484-6336.
It will be followed by the 2012 International Society for Southeast Asian Agricultural Sciences (ISSAAS) International Symposium and Congress from Nov.13 to 16 with the theme “Pushing Agriculture to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).”
The event will be conducted through BU’s Research and Development Center (BURDC), in collaboration with the ISSAAS and the Society of Agricultural Education-Research Development Abroad (SAEDA).
The conference aims to promote greater awareness on the MDGs as targets for improving the lives of millions of poor and disadvantaged people; examine the role of agriculture in achieving the MDGs; and share and exchange information on agriculture-related programs and projects implemented in support of the MDGs.
The Opening Program of the conference will be held at Hotel St. Ellis, here and the break-out sessions for paper presentations at the Bicol University Multi-Purpose Building.
The paper presentations will cover the thematic areas in food security and poverty reduction; enhancing agribusiness enterprises; climate risk management and sustainable agriculture; strategic partnership in agricultural development; support services for a productive agriculture; and Research and Development (R&D) governance system in agriculture.
Then sometime in November or December, BU’s College of Fisheries in Tabaco City will host the International Conference on Kuroshio Science. Details of this conference are still being finalized, said BU President Fay Lea Patria Lauriaya.
“We are elated by the having been chosen host of these international events that apart from giving recognition of the academic excellence of BU will not only boost the tourism industry of Legazpi City and the entire province of Albay,” Lauriaya said.
In these four occasions, she said BU expects thousands of participants from all over the world who would add to this year’s list of tourist and visitors arrivals in the city and the province known for the majestic Mt. Mayon.