Nagoya University staff visit DTRI-ADSC

Posted by Joey Domingo

Five staff of Nagoya University of Japan visited the Dairy Training and Research Institute (DTRI) of the Animal and Dairy Sciences Cluster (ADSC) last November 9, 2016, to familiarize  the group of  DTRI’s  dairy operation as a research and training institute and how ADSC supports its students in terms of research undertaking. This trip was arranged by Dr. Editha C. Cedicol, Director of the Asian Satellite Campuses Institute (ASCI) -Philippines. The group is composed of  Engineer Wataru Okamoto and Administrative staff: Yukiko Furuichi, Anna Kato, Kyohei Yamakami and Akinori Nagai.  They were accompanied by  Ms. Haruka Watanabe, the Program Coordinator  of the Nagoya University Asian Satellite Campus-Philippines and Mr. Ranilo O. de Castro of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD). After a courtesy call with ADSC director, Dr. Elpidio M. Agbisit Jr., the group proceeded to DTRI for the briefing by Mr. Menandro M. Loresco and Ms. Myrna S. Galang about the institute’s operation, facilities and dairy instruction and research activities. 

It was learned that a dairy farm is established in one of the other Nagoya satellite campuses in Asia and the group would like to be familiarized on how DTRI as a dairy research and training institute operates. ADSC’s team informed the group the problems it encounters in acquiring new equipment and facilities for research and funds for their maintenance. ADSC also expressed to the group that it hopes to have a new dairy farm or at least to have its facilities improved from such program of Nagoya in its satellite campuses.  

The ASCI has been established as a core component of Nagoya University's international outreach initiatives focusing on the Asian region with campuses in Cambodia, Vietnam, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Laos and the Philippines (based at UP Los Baños). In close collaboration with five graduate schools at Nagoya University, ASCI coordinates the delivery of the Transnational Doctoral Programs for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries. Accordingly, this is a hybrid doctoral program which provides opportunities for individuals, who already have a master's degree, to deepen their knowledge and experience and work towards a doctoral degree at one of Japan's top universities without having to take time out from their career.

The satellite campus in UPLB was officially opened on March 8, 2016 with its first scholar, Mr. Ronilo O. de Castro of PCAARRD. A swine nutrition specialist, he is pursuing a PhD program  in Bio-agricultural Sciences major in Animal Science . He is conducting his research at the ADSC’s Animal Science Laboratory with Dr. Rommel C. Sulabo (Head, Animal Nutrition Division, ADSC) as his adviser. (Myrna S. Galang)

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