Faithful to its commitment in boosting partnership in the local, regional, and international academic institutions, San Beda University has a total of nine (9) networks, which opens to one thousand one hundred forty-one (1,141) multilateral partners, and thirty-eight (38) bilateral partnerships.
SBU’s additional two (2) networks are Wadhwani Operating Foundation (WOF Global) and University Mobility for Asia and the Pacific (UMAP) Philippine National Secretariat. These networks are distinct to each other as they offer different international programs for students, staff, and faculty.
The memorandum of understanding was made between SBU and Wadhwani Operating Foundation (WOF Global) on 13 April 2018. WOF Global is a foundation whose primary mission is to accelerate economic development by creating large-scale job initiatives through entrepreneurship, skills development, and innovation in cooperation with government agencies, private corporations, and educational institutions, among others.
In the same manner, on 8 May 2018, the University Mobility for Asia and the Pacific (UMAP) Philippine National Secretariat granted SBU its membership to the association. Chaired by the Commission of Higher Education (CHED), UMAP, as a voluntary government and non-government association, aims that countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region to achieve a better understanding of the cultural, economic, and social systems through enhanced cooperation among higher education institutions and to increase mobility of university students and staff. The programs of the said association include multilateral and bilateral exchange programs, super short-term programs, summer programs, and research net financial support program.
Subsequently, there are thirteen (13) bilateral partnerships with other academic institutions and Local Government Unit as follows:
- American International University, Bangladesh
- Australian Catholic University, Australia
- Wufeng University, Taiwan
- School of Health Sciences of Panti Rapih, Indonesia
- The Catholic University of America, United States of America (USA)
- Master’s Institute of Development Academy and Seminary, Philippines
- Korea University of Media Arts, Korea
- EMPI Group of Institution, New Delhi, India
- College of New Celedonia, Canada
- California Baptist University, California, US
- University of Sacred Heart, Tokyo, Japan
- St. Paul Institute, Cambodia
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW)
These new partnerships aim to foster SBU’s commitment in developing academic and research activities through student exchange and faculty visits to ensure the promotion of educational cooperation. Moreover, the partnership with Local Government Unit (LGU) is to ensure smooth implementation of the ASEAN Learning Network’s banner program and the Social Enterprise for Economic Development (SEED) Program in Antipolo City.
In support, Dr. Tita-Evasco Branzuela, the Vice President for Linkages and International Affairs, said that: “These new partnerships are all designed for the presence of San Beda University be felt in the global world. Hence, the Office ensures that programs/projects of the partners and SBU are considered in appropriate matching to maximize resources. The growth in numbers make partnerships become stronger, there are more pathways toward internationalization of SBU”.