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The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Innovation center established by NCCU and IFSU in the Philippines

2019/8/12

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Innovation center established by NCCU and IFSU in the Philippines

The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of Taiwan is actively promoting the “New Southbound Policy” to encourage collaboration between local academic institutions and the 18 targeted countries under the said policy to enhance the substantial cooperation and technological innovation exchange through pluralistic and flexible approach.

With the support from MOST, National Chengchi University (NCCU) establish a partnership with Ifugao State University (IFSU) by establishing Innovation Center for Taiwan-Philippines Indigenous Knowledge, Local Knowledge and Sustainable Studies (CTPILS) which launched on July 12th at the IFSU Lamut Campus. The Center aims to promote international academic collaboration and research experiences among NCCU, Ifugao State University (IFSU), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UHM), which are main project collaborative partners. Based on the Memorandum of understanding between NCCU and IFSU signed last May 25, the newly established center endeavors to strengthen academic and research collaboration on indigenous, local knowledge and sustainable development studies in Taiwan and Ifugao, Philippines, while capacitating and empowering the local indigenous communities.

1_Picture shows the ribbon cutting ceremony held at Ifugao State University Lamut campus (IFSU) office of CTPILS Center, from left to right_ Prof. Acabado, Prof. Nga-Ping Ong, Prof. Da-Wei Kuan, President Eva Mar

On the day of official launching of “The Science and Technology Innovation Center for Taiwan-Philippines Indigenous Knowledge, Local Knowledge and Sustainable Studies (CTPILS)”, Dr. Ong Nga-Ping, Dr. Kuan Da-wei, Dr. Tang Ching-ping, and Dr. Tsai Tzu-Chieh represented the National Chengchi University (NCCU) and participated in the launching of the International Innovation Center for Indigenous Studies at the Ifugao State University (IFSU) Lamut Campus.

During the ceremony, Dr. Eva Codamon-Dugyon, President of the Ifugao State University (IFSU), welcomed and expressed his sincerest gratitude to the delegates from IFSU, National Chengchi University (NCCU), University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Provincial Government of Ifugao, Department of Education, Save the Ifugao Movement. She ended her opening remarks with a hopeful note on the initial success of the three-year project. Director of GIAHS Center in IFSU Eulalie Dulnuan mentioned the development of project initiated last year, and emphasized that in the future, as a Center, it envisions as the academic pioneer of indigenous knowledge, local knowledge and sustainable development studies; sharing of experience of development and building mutual support between indigenous community in different countries.

2_Showcasing traditional Ifugao Dance with traditional costumes 

Representatives of provincial government of Ifugao relayed the message of Governor and expressed support to IFSU and collaborators. Dr. Luang, representative from Department of Education, introduced the IPED component of the recently-implemented K-12 program. With both formal and informal education, they cultural heritage and encourage the engagement of community. She then discussed the longtime financial and legal struggles of Ifugao Department of Education, indicated the indigenous knowledge syllabus a successful output of the collaboration between provincial government and local communities.

3_Group Photo of delegates of NCCU and the president and delegates of IFSU

Doctor Nga-Ping Ong from Department of Ethnology, NCCU mentioned the importance of the CTPILS Center as an initial foray on indigenous studies in Southeast Asia, also CTPILS Center is the first indigenous abroad project of NCCU. She therefore wished for a fruitful collaboration between the universities.

The Executive Director of CTPILS Center Da-Wei Kuan said the establishment of Center is based on similarities of culture, historical experiences, such as colonization, IP land right ,etc. He then hoped the success of project with an emphasis on improving the developement of indigenous peoples of Taiwan and Philippines.  After the establishment of CTPILS this year, it is expected to come up with more solutions to contemporary environmental and social issues through bilateral academic, community-based and cross-country experience exchanges.