BISCAST, Naga City – Six students, two faculty members of Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology (BISCAST) and GIZ-Nexus Adviser Werner Haberzettl flew to Bangkok, Thailand yesterday, January 18, 2019, to attend the GIZ-Urban Nexus Seminar Workshop at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT).

College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) Dean Arch. Jennifer Y. Vibar, Student Development Services (SDS) Director Engr. Antonio Ricardo R. Ayen and Haberzettl represented the College including CEA students Aaron Nebres, Joel Del Rosario, Julia Antonette Pacardo, Aivane Dihiansan, Joan Bejerano and Christian Pupa.


Said seminar workshop is part of BISCAST’s effort to establish internationalization linkages particularly in achieving curriculum integration.


The students were chosen based on the selection criteria including their academic standings, completion of Energy and Water in the Build Environment course with minimum average rating of 85%, good moral character, and proficiency in oral and written communication.


Furthermore, BISCAST representatives will meet KMUTT’s Head of Center of Excellence on Energy Technology and Environment Professor Dr. Suneerat Fukunda.


They are also scheduled to visit the NHA low-cost housing project in Ding Daeng and the Urban Development at Nang Laerng District.


The educational trip and seminar-workshop initiates the Academic Exchange and Cooperation Program between BISCAST and KMUTT after inking a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on September 2018.


It was indicated in the MoU that the two institutions will conduct student and faculty exchange programs to afford opportunity to experience international cooperation, as well as to gain better understanding of Philippines and Thailand through education.


Both schools will also assume short-time and long-term visits of faculties as well as joint research and development projects.


Meanwhile, once the College representatives arrive, the ideas and knowledge will be shared to the BISCAST community.


The College is also preparing for the visit of Thai students and faculty where BISCAST will present its low-cost house building system and climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts.