The Visayas State University (VSU) and the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) signed a partnership to institutionalize gender, climate, and disaster resilience research in teaching, research, and extension functions of the university.
The collaboration aims to strengthen VSU’s capacity to implement interdisciplinary research, develop a research, and publication agenda, organize joint conferences with AdMU, and publish research findings.
“We have been engaging with Ateneo since 2014 but this is the first time we have formalized our partnership with them. Considering our vulnerability to natural hazards in the region, I see that this is a great opportunity for VSU researchers to access the expertise of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology especially in the area of social vulnerability analysis,” Gender Resource Center (GRC) head Prof. Maria Aurora Tabada said.
GRC will be the head implementer of the research collaboration on behalf of VSU for the next three years.
Meanwhile, AdMU President Fr. Roberto C. Yap S.J., said the partnership is “a significant step towards achieving a national understanding and solving the complex problem of climate and disaster risk.
“Together with VSU, we hope that we can find sustainable and gender-based solutions to the many problems that beset our country because of disasters,” Yap said.
“We in the Ateneo de Manila look forward to a future collaboration for the next three years and beyond for the sake of our country and of our people.”