UC tackles ASEAN 2015 goals in research and publication lecture series

November 20, 2011

The University of the Cordilleras (UC) Center for Lifelong Professional Education and Languages (UC-CLPEL) and the UC Graduate School will hold a day-long lecture series on Research and Publication at the UC Auditorium on November 29, 2011.

The lecture series scheduled from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM will have speakers from Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) discuss topics that include current research niches, cyber law, entrepreneurial education and human resource optimization.

UC Vice President for Research, Development and Special Projects and UC-CLPEL Director Dr. Ruben C. Umaly said while they have targeted school administrators and managers, deans, professors and graduate students as well as research directors and enthusiasts including institutions on research and publications as participants, the lecture series is not limited to this group and instead open to other interested groups or individuals.

Topics lined-up for the activity include "Niche Creation Through Collaborative Research and Publication" by Dr. Ari Warokka, UUM senior lecturer and research expert. The topic seeks to identify priority areas for research in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, according to Dr. Umaly.

He said the research and publications lecture series responds to the Cha-am Hua Hin Declaration establishing a roadmap for the ASEAN community from 2009 to 2015. The declaration seeks to build a strong community among ASEAN nations in the areas of political security, economics and socio-cultural exchanges.

Dr. Umaly said the establishment of niches in the field of research will strengthen ASEAN collaborative efforts in seeking answers to regional issues involving environment, climate change, disaster management, peace and security, culture and arts as well as values.

At the same time, information shared through the internet, especially if these are scholarly works must also be subject to rights and protection from indiscriminate use. In this aspect, UUM visiting professor Dr. Edy Santoso will discuss the topic "Cyber Law on Intellectual Property Rights."

Dr. Umaly said business dynamics in the ASEAN community also differs in certain nuances especially since economic conditions are also driven by culture, and in some ways religious beliefs. Thus, the ASEAN 2015 declaration that seeks to establish an economic community blueprint should also have researches that focus on cross-cultural phenomena that affect economic relations in the region.

The topic, "Towards Entrepreneurial Education: The Case of Universitas Negeri Jakarta" seeks to examine this condition and will be discussed by the Vice Dean of Academic Affairs and International Collaboration, Faculty of Economics, State University of Jakarta Dr. Dedi Purwana.

Closely related to entrepreneurship is the topic on "Researches on Human Resources Optimization in Malaysia" from a presentation by the head of Resource and Administration in the Department of Labor, Ministry of Human Resource - Industrial Training Institute, West Malaysia Ms. Rohana Binto Ahmad. The topic, Dr. Umaly said, will explore ways by which regional human resources can transcend competitions ensued by cultural differences, into cooperation and collaborative efforts.

This effort at strengthening research capabilities is part of UC's 65th school year initiative of sharing institutional resources, competencies and knowledge by contributing to the advancement of research skills in the Cordillera and Ilocos regions. Implemented in cooperation with the UUM which had visiting professors Dr. Cristina Gallato and Dr. Nena Padilla-Valdez as speakers in a previous UC-CLPEL business lecture, this latest lecture-series hopes to harmonize research efforts towards the fulfillment of the goals and objectives of ASEAN 2015.

A minimal registration fee will be assessed from each participant to cover operational expenses. For particulars and pre-registration please see Ms. Ma. Teresa Bejar at the UC-CLPEL office, Room S-314, UC Science Building, or call 442-3316 loc. 195. Email at bencasumaly.auap@yahoo.com or mtrsbejar@yahoo.com.

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