A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the Commission on Higher Education (represented by CHED Chairperson and PCARI Project Director Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan) and University of California Los Angeles campus (represented by UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block) held at the Office of the President, Quezon Hall, UP Diliman, last June 18, 2016.
The Philippine government, through CHED and its PCARI project, and the United States of America government, through UCLA, agreed to broaden and expand relations between the scientific and technological communities in both countries through research partnership.
The MOA signing was witnessed by PCARI Project Manager Dr. William G. Padolina and UCLA Vice Provost for International Studies and Global Engagement Department Prof. C. Cindy Fan. Also in attendance were CHED Legal and Legislative Service Atty. Carmelita Yadao-Sison, PCARI Deputy Project Manager Atty. Walfrido Gloria, UP Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gisela Concepion, and UP President Dr. Alfredo E. Pascual.
UCLA, ranked 13 among the world’s top 100 universities (London Times Higher Education), is home to several institutes that encompass trans-disciplinary and implementation science approaches in solving a variety of issues such as health system strengthening, climate change, and food security. The world-class expertise of UCLA in PCARI priority areas of Health Innovation and Translational Medicine and Information Infrastructure Development will establish strong linkages and enhance research capacity of selected Philippine HEIs.
UCLA is the fourth PCARI UC research collaborating institution after UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, and UC Davis.