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KU research team visits HAU for KOICA Project activities

Faculty members from Kkottongnae University (KU) conducted various research and project activities in collaboration with their Holy Angel University (HAU) counterparts from August 8 – 11, 2016 in connection withthe Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Academic Partnership Program between the two universities.

The visiting faculty was led by Project Manager Dr. EunMi-Yang, KU Director for Planning and concurrent Director of Catholic Global Education, and includedDr. Seok-Im Kang, Dr. Jwa-Kyum Kim, and Dr. Kyung-Hee Kim.They were joined by Dr. So-Rae Lee, clinical social worker at the Bryan Allgood Army Hospital, Mr. Yo-Seok Choi, KOICA Project administrative staff, and Bro. Hyo-Bo Shim of Kkottongnae Foundation.

The KU researchers conferred with HAU faculty and personnel involved in the project to keep abreast with developments on the respective research areas and project activities assigned to them which included community health nursing education and practice, disasterresponse education, and improvement of health and hygiene conditions in the Aeta community in Sitio Pidpid, Barangay Sapang Uwak, Porac, Pampanga.

The latter objective called for the assessment of the health and hygiene levels and needs of the Aeta residents in Sitio Pidpid, the creation and implementation of a health education program for them, and the provision ofdeep well water pump and comfort rooms for the village, the contract award for which was finalized on August 9, 2016 during the site visit by the KOICA project team members and the private contractors.

The research visit was in line with the goals of the two-year international academic cooperation, entitled "Strengthening Higher Education Capacity in the Health Care and Social Service Areas in the Philippines",that was entered into by the two universities through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in March 2016.

The University is both the primary beneficiary and implementing partner of the project which was funded with a P24.5 Million grant by KOICA, ten percent of which was contributed by KU.

The KU researchers are set to visit the University again in November 2016 to undertake further research and other activities in accordance with the project timetable.

Date Posted: 08-17-2016