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HAU President Calingo as the University's Rainmaker

One of the external responsibilities of a university president is to be the institution’s chief rainmaker, that is, serving as the University's spokesperson and building institutional relationships that would result in new educational programs and new opportunities for students and faculty.

Just recently, Holy Angel University President Dr. Luis Maria Calingo presented a plenary speech, entitled "Building Sustainable Organizations and Communities," during the First Joint International Conference of the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP) and the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) in Pattaya, Thailand.

Founded in 1995, the AUAP is an association of presidents and chancellors of over 100 universities in Asia, Oceania, Eastern Europe, Southern Africa, and Northern America.

During his speech, he introduced Holy Angel University to the conference participants and shared "our commitment to countryside development articulated in the form of a strategy map, our approach to the study of environmental sustainability, and our Green MBA Program as the first one of its kind not only in the Philippines but also in Southeast Asia."

Some 250 participants appreciated the innovativeness of the Green MBA. One participant (associated with the United Nations) was particularly impressed with the extent to which "our strategy map to countryside development is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and encouraged the other university leaders in attendance to similarly align their programs with the SDGs."

Moreover, the HAU President signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with overseas institutions. HAU received invitations for institutional partnerships from four higher education institutions represented at the conference, but President Calingo and Senior Internationalization Officer (SIO) Leo Valdes chose only two for their “best fit” with the University's needs.

"The first MOU is with the Daffodil International University (DIU), Bangladesh, which is a private, not-for-profit university founded in 2002 that specializes in information and communications technology. The DIU president will be the AUAP president starting 2020," said Dr. Calingo.

Likewise, HAU signed MOU with Entrepreneurship and Management Process International (EMPI) Business School, India, which is a private business school that offers the Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) in many fields. The MOU calls for "a degree articulation and transfer admission relationship that will allow PGDM holders from EMPI Business School to study at HAU for an additional year to earn their MBA degree." EMPI Business School was particularly attracted to Tata’s significant presence in Angeles City.

Dr. Calingo also participated in the benchmarking travel to Taipei, Taiwan, of the Association of Catholic Universities of the Philippines (ACUP).

Founded in 1973, the ACUP is the national association of the 35 Catholic universities in the Philippines. The governance of ACUP rests in its nine-member Board of Directors elected by the membership. President Calingo is the sole lay member (non-member of the clergy or a religious congregation) of the governing board.

There were about 25 members of the ACUP delegation, which included six presidents and several academic vice presidents or chief internationalization officers. The HAU president and senior internationalization officer represented HAU.

Among the various institutions they visited, the three most important and beneficial visits were as follows: the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan (FICHET), founded in 2005, which is the government-sponsored platform for international cooperation between 116 Taiwanese universities and overseas universities; Fu Jen Catholic University (FJCU), founded in Beijing by Benedictine missionaries in 1925, which is the Jesuit university of Taiwan; and Academia Sinica, founded in 1949 as the national academy of Taiwan.

According to Dr. Calingo, “FICHET is the first institution that HAU should approach to identify the most suitable programmatic partners in Taiwan, while FJCU is a potential source of Chinese-language faculty who might spend their sabbatical semester at HAU to teach Mandarin to students in programs with a foreign language component.” Academia Sinica, on the other hand, is a doctorate-granting institution that has almost 1,000 researchers (principal investigators) in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM disciplines. HAU faculty and doctoral students might serve as visiting scholars for a limited term (2-6 months); financial support includes round-trip airfare and per-diem allowance.

Dr. Calingo signed as witness for ACUP in the MOU between ACUP and FICHET and he delivered ACUP’s message of gratitude to FJCU.

“We are joined together by our shared faith; by our witness to the truth that our shared faith is not repressive, but rather is the key to a promising future; and by a shared apostolic constitution Ex corde Ecclesiae. More than ever, our respective countries need devout leaders – those who regard their faith not only as their spiritual identity but also as the governing force in their daily lives. These leaders need a Catholic educational option that teaches them the True, the Good, the Beautiful, and the Sacred; otherwise, the most capable of them would be formed in secular values who will only defend a secular world. A Catholic education is perhaps the most important apostolate of the Church as it forms people and leaves a person with no doubt about the nature of right and wrong. We are, indeed, happy to be in the company of like-minded educators who share our commitment to equip women and men with the character and the competence to lead and to serve,” he said on behalf of the ACUP.

Date Posted: 12-01-2018