De La Salle University (DLSU) through the La Salle Food and Water Institute has partnered with the Philippine Coffee Guild for joint research into the coffee industry.
The academe-industry partnership seeks to promote an exchange of best practices in the areas of research, social development, and the environment.
The parties entered a Memorandum of Understanding last September 3, 2021, with DLSU President Br. Bernard Oca FSC and Philippine Coffee Guild president Ronald Yu as signatories. DLSU Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Dr. Raymond Tan and PCG Director Jaycee Martinez served as witnesses.
Through this collaboration, DLSU aims to build initiatives, policy research, networking activities, classes, and industry-wide forums. The long-term goal of DLSU is to strengthen its growing, caring research community that answers the call to timely, relevant, and favorable solutions.
“This confluence of efforts by the leading private academics and research university in the country and the organization composed of national coffee champions, both literally and figuratively, did not happen overnight. It has been the result of several years of frequent, serious, deep, and broadminded exchange of notes, ” La Salle Food and Water Institute Director Dr. Emmanuel Garcia said.
He added, “The forthcoming collaborative projects and activities will not only boost the case for industry-academe cooperation but also stress the importance of such cooperation as a crucial driver of the UN’s SDGs. In time, we will see that this is really not just about coffee.”
In 2020, a De La Salle University study recommended an 8-point policy to boost the Philippine coffee industry.
DLSU is the top Philippine university in business and economics world rankings.
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