(Report by Denzel Yorong, Public Information Office)
THE University of the Philippines Cebu (UPC) received an invitation to be an academe member of the United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union (UN-ITU)
A top official of the UN-ITU visited UPC Wednesday (Sept. 23, 2015) to look into the university’s technology initiatives.
The UN-ITU is a specialized agency dedicated to information and communication technologies. It aims to improve connectivity most especially in underserved communities worldwide.
UN-ITU Secretary General Houlin Zhao came to check on UPC’s Cebu Business Incubator for Information Technology or CebuinIT.
“He was there to see the facility and at the same time assess on how he can help us out and improve our locators,” UPC Dean Liza Corro said. “His visit to UP Cebu is a testament to how successful our TBI is operating.”
Dean Corro pointed out that she is planning to tap the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research Development (PCIEERD) under the Department of Science and technology (DOST) for assistance after Zhou extended to UPC the invitation to be an academe member of the UN agency.
“The invitation is really fitting because our niche here in UP Cebu is along the line of information and communications technology or ICT,” the dean said. UPC’s ICT program is a Center of Excellence.
Corro told the UN-ITU officials during their visit that UPC’s TBI has been very active in assisting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
“We will have to assess the place to find out the strengths of the MSMEs in these areas, and we will develop the business incubation facility along that line where we can best help them out,” the dean said.
Prior to his UPC visit, Zhou stressed, in his keynote address during the three-day “Digital Strategies for Development Summit 2015” held at Cebu City Waterfront Hotel, that MSMEs should be given assistance and be encouraged to develop their ICT.
UPC’s TBI has been operating along those objectives since its establishment in 2010.