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2 APRIL 2001. VOLUME 32. NUMBER 43. 4 PAGES_ 

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DLSU-Manila highlights IT research in global video conference

De La Salle University-Manila highlighted the importance of information and communication technology research as it represented the country in an international video conference of leading universities during the 84th anniversary celebration of Chulalongkorn University in Thailand on March 27.

DLSU System President Brother Rolando Dizon, FSC stressed the need to strike a balance between technological revolution and liberal education, citing the University’s pioneering efforts in information technology in Philippine education.

He said that the academic community worldwide should maintain strong links in the face of developments in information technology.

He cited as an example the Virtual University, a project currently being developed by the ASEAN University Network, to which DLSU-Manila is a partner. With the Virtual University, the member universities will have an inter-library access and shared online courses.

During the video conference, he underscored DLSU-Manila’s research priorities and said that research in a developing country like the Philippines must be primarily geared towards poverty alleviation.

Aside from information and communication technology, he said La Salle’s other major areas of research are in the fields of social science, and natural sciences and engineering.

According to him, three main areas must be addressed in the social sciences research. One area should focus on how to combat corruption in government. Another should look into effective governance, with focus on the devolution of authority to local government units. A third area for study is on microenterprise development.

According to him, three main areas must be addressed in the social sciences research. One area should focus on how to combat corruption in government. Another should look into effective governance, with focus on the devolution of author

ity to local government units. A third area for study is on microenterprise development.for the countryside, such as geothermal energy.

He also mentioned that the University of the Philippines, the only other Philippine university in the conference, underscores the importance of research on agriculture.

The event, which carried the theme “The Role of Research Universities in the Next Decade,” involved participating sites from Hong Kong, Japan, and the United States.

Presidents and representatives of various universities in Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, USA, Vietnam, and Thailand joined the discussion.

The conference generated a discussion on the current research programs of the universities, establishing a venue to assess the research they have undertaken and to discuss their research plans. (Marjorie Ann Duterte)

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