OIL Diliman Receives Best Poster Award in Kyoto
by Noelle Rivera
A total of 103 participants from 33 universities, and 13 countries mostly from Asia participated in the 12th University Administrators’ Workshop (UAW)*, held in Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, from 08-09 February 2017. Representing the University of the Philippines Diliman were Jeffrey Abellon and Noelle Rivera, International Programs Officers of the Office of International Linkages Diliman.
This year’s theme was – Building Relationships: Developing and Maintaining Effective Internal and External Communication. The workshop format this year featured poster presentations on the following sub-themes: A) Enhancing Global Presence through International PR, B) The Role of Administrative Staff in Assisting Students with Difficulties, and C) Effective Internal Communication among University Staff Working on International Activities.
Top: Poster presentation session
Middle-left: Rivera explains UPD’s poster as workshops participants listen in
Middle-right: Abellon presenting the output of his group
Bottom: Sharing and consolidating ideas from different perspectives during the Group Work
Among the 35 poster presentations by different participating universities, the best poster prize was awarded to UP Diliman’s poster entitled – Difficulty Risk Reduction Management: UPD’s Protocols and Programs for Mitigating Difficulties of International Mobility Students, conceptualized by both Abellon and Rivera, with the latter serving as poster presenter.
The poster featured how OIL Diliman addresses various difficulties faced by International Students at UPD (e.g. through information dissemination, orientation sessions, training for faculty members, etc.). This was illustrated using the PPRR (prevention & mitigation), preparedness, response, recovery) model adapted from the concept of Disaster and Risk Reduction Management. Abellon and Rivera argued that international offices should ensure that there are protocols and procedures in place for addressing difficulties of students, and that protocols must be continuously improved based on past experiences to better address similar issues in the future. Much emphasis was placed on the importance of regular updating of an operations manual, the key reference material of the international offices in ensuring continuity and optimum implementation of support programs and services.
Aside from learning from the experiences of the participating universities, the workshop enabled the participants to form bonds that will contribute to building sustainable relationships with other universities, and thus enable better collaborative activities.
*The UAW was first organized by Kyoto University in 2005 and is now an annual event that seeks to deepen the understanding of current issues in international education, and promote networking among university staff throughout Asia. The workshop provides a venue for administrators and staff in international affairs to share their experiences and knowledge. In 2018, the 13th UAW will be hosted by the National Taiwan University in Taiwan.