TMTC, Caucasus University ink pact

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Consul Thelmo Cunanan Jr. left with Caucasus University President Dr. Kakha Shengelia.

Consul Thelmo Cunanan Jr. left with Caucasus University President Dr. Kakha Shengelia.

The Manila Times College (TMTC) and Caucasus University School of Journalism have signed an academic agreement that covers exchanges of students and resources.

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The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was sealed on December 2 by Consul Thelmo Cunanan Jr. with the signing of the document by University President Dr. Kakha Shengelia at the university’s campus in Tbilisi, Georgia.

This is the first such agreement between Philippine and Georgian media schools that will pave the way for the exchanges of resources, academic papers and students and faculty; collaboration in curriculum development; and establishment of a Philippine-Georgian online newspaper to be run by students of each school.

“We are very happy to enter into this relationship with The Manila Times College, a very proud and reputable institution. We look forward to meaningful exchanges with our Philippine colleagues and we wish to thank Consul Cunanan for his support for this project,” Dr. Shengelia said.

Cunanan praised the leadership of Caucasus University, saying the institution was “on its way to very exciting collaborations and synergies with its newest academic partner in Asia.”

The MOU was signed last November 7 by Dr. Isagani Cruz, TMTC president and veteran, multi-awarded media practitioner and author, with Cunanan as witness.

The TMTC is a private tertiary institution founded in 2004.

Formerly known as The Manila Times School of Journalism, today’s TMTC has campuses in Olongapo City, Zambales, and Pampanga.

It is owned by The Manila Times newspaper (established in 1898), the oldest newspaper in the Philippines.

Caucasus University, on the other hand, is one of the finest and most progressive and dynamic educational institutions in Georgia.

Based in Tbilisi, it has a multinational student population and faculty and campuses spread out all over the country.

Cruz and Shengelia recognize the potential of partnerships between the Philippines and Georgia, given the media’s important role in their respective countries.

Cunanan said budding Georgian journalists could learn a lot from respected Philippine media

He met with the school’s officials to discuss possible joint media projects for journalism students, along with other activities that could expand the university’s engagements in the Philippines.

The Consulate of Georgia, under Cunanan’s leadership, has also established academic MOUs between Caucasus University and Lyceum of the Philippines University and San Sebastian College Recoletos.

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