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MOA for international disinformation research collaboration signed

April 20, 2021

Holy Angel University's Communication and Languages Department spearheaded the virtual signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the international disinformation research on April 16.

The research project tackles fake news detection practices among higher education institutions. The project highlights and signifies our unified commitment to address the ever-growing concern over the proliferation of disinformation, specifically in the Asia-Pacific region.

It's a collaboration with five education institutions in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand. These are the University of Surabaya (UBAYA), Xiamen University (XMUM), Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU), Holy Angel University (HAU), and Mahamakut Buddhist University (MBU).

"This is where our upcoming professionals in journalism and mass communications would come in," said the University President Dr. Luis Maria Calingo. "Their primary duty is to define, communicate, and if necessary, defend reality."

To formally seal the research collaboration, presidents and heads of the said institutions virtually showed their copies of the agreement in the ceremonial MOA signing.

UBAYA's Prof. Suyanto, DMMMSU's Dr. Jaime Manuel Jr., and MBU's Phrakittisarasuthee Silasampanno even delivered commitment messages in furthering the research's initiative to combat disinformation.

The discourse on the said issue involves not only one but all of the collaborators. "The Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation, in partnership with Holy Angel University, spearheaded a call for an international research collaboration," said the Assistant Academic Vice President Ms. Edna Marizza Santos in her closing remarks. "The effort has finally come into fruition."

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