Last 13 January 2020, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for academic partnership between Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU) and the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) was formalized in a simple ceremony at the latter’s campus in Bacolod City. Present during the signing were: Dr. Heracleo Lagrada, OLFU Vice President for Academic Affairs who also represented the University President, Dr. Caroline Marian Enriquez; and Reverend Father Jose Alden Alipin, UNO-R Vice President for Academics who similarly, in turn, represented UNO-R President, Reverend Father Don H. Besana.
Witnessing the event were: College of Criminal Justice Deans, namely, OLFU’s Dr. Zorobabel Laureles, and UNO-R’s Dr. Jasmine Parreno. Also present were UNO-R’s Director of External Affairs, Dr. Carlos Legaspi, Jr., and Secretary to the President Judy Legaspi; and OLFU’s faculty members, Atty. Glinda Trinidad and Ms. Katrina Gamboa.
Prior to the MOA signing, the OLFU delegation was toured around the campus, specifically to the facilities of the criminal justice college such as the defense tactics room/gym, indoor firing range, library, classrooms, moot court, criminalistics, and other specialized laboratories.
The University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos is a private, Roman Catholic university founded in 1941 in Bacolod, Negros Occidental, and is administered by the Order of Augustinian Recollects. It is the academic partner of OLFU in Region 6.
This latest development is in consonance with the OLFU-CCJ “Project: REAP”, whose goal is to have one academic partner in every region of the country to strengthen its Academic-Industry Linkages and Pathways Program.