Romanian Ambassador to the Philippines Raduta Dana Matache and Minister-Counsellor William Korbl met with UP officials on May 24, 2022, in the Office of the UP President, Quezon Hall, UP Diliman, to express her country’s interest in establishing academic ties with the University.
The Romanian delegation talked with UP President Danilo Concepcion, Vice President for Academic Affairs Cynthia Rose Bautista, Vice President for Public Affairs Elena Pernia, Office of International Linkages Deputy Director Noel Christian Moratilla, and Professor Emeritus Grace Alfonso.
Matache earlier visited UP Los Baños to explore Philippine-Romanian interests in agriculture. She presented her credentials as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to the Philippines on December 15, 2021, to President Rodrigo Duterte.
The ambassador spoke of specific proposals for collaboration made by the Politechnica University of Bucharest, including facilitating a partnership with other Romanian universities. She and the UP officials broached cooperation in cyber-security, film, music, nuclear science, and zoonoses.
Matache pointed out that academic exchange with Romania is pragmatic for Philippine counterparts due to cheaper costs but the same quality of life in Romania relative to other European countries. She said she wanted to arrange a visit by Concepcion to Romania in October when universities open.
Concepcion hopes to formalize collaborations between UP and Romanian educational institutions before his term ends in February 2023.