The Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) is building an industrial and technological center of excellence within the 9,450-hectare Clark Green City (CGC).
The state-run Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and TUP have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on establishing an center that specializes in industrial and technology skills development, Arnel Paciano Casanova, BCDA president and chief executive officer, said on Monday.
Under the agreement, the BCDA will reserve 20 hectares of land at the CGC Innovative and Academic District for the TUP Center for Industrial Development and Productivity (TUP-CINDEP).
“Envisioned to be the knowledge and innovation capital of the country, Clark Green City is the perfect home for this pioneering technological and technical institution,” Casanova said.
“This partnership with TUP will pave the way for a new center of excellence in engineering and technology education and training in the country, that aims to produce globally competitive graduates that would help accelerate economic progress and meaningful social development,” Casanova added.
The TUP Center will “complement” the development of CGC as the campus may produce potential manpower for technical, industrial, technological and professional skills that can help in building the city and support industries the whole country.
“We look forward to breaking ground for the TUP Center for Industrial Development and Productivity in the Clark Green City. We see this as a vital asset that will drive the economic and human development of the new city,” he said.
For her part, BCDA Chairperson Ma. Aurora Geotina-Garcia said the partnership is in line with the BCDA strategy “to partner with educational institutions to enable the communities in Clark Green City and within the Clark Special Economic Zone to have access to quality education and economic opportunities.”
Casanova is encouraging other international institutions to build specialty centers and campuses within CGC, including creative and animation studios, food and agriculture research centers, and other campuses.
“With the expansion of high technology and manufacturing companies like Texas Instruments and the expected investments that are coming in, BCDA is looking for technologies that will help the city in disaster-resiliency, climate change, renewable energy and information and communications or ICTs,” Casanova noted.
The TUP Center will offer applied research and developmental studies in technical, industrial and technological fields, as well as providing training in production using indigenous materials, and effects technology transfer in the countryside.
TUP also supports the development of small and medium scale industries in identified growth-centers.
Casanova said public universities will make education accessible and affordable mostly for the people in Central Luzon. The region’s 12 million population is growing at 2.7 percent a year.
TUP is not the first educational establishment to partner with the BCDA for CGC.
In 2015, the University of the Philippines (UP) signed an MOA with the BCDA for a global campus on a 70-hectare site in the CGC. UP will develop the property into an academic and research campus of the UP System, and operate and manage the campus.
TUP is a state university mandated to provide higher and advanced vocational, technical, industrial, technological, and professional education and training in the industries and technology, and practical arts leading to certificates, diplomas and degrees.
The MOA signing was led by Casanova and TUP President Adora Pili, with Geotina-Garcia and TUP Vice President for Planning Development and Information System Ronaldo Juanatas as witnesses.
Kristyn Nika M. Lazo