The launching of the SL Training Program for Institutions in the Asia-Oceania region, entitled “The Fundamentals of Creating, Implementing and Sustaining AYS”, was held last September 22, hosted by De la Salle University (Manila, Philippines), the regional node of the Uniservitate Programme.
The opening ceremony was led by Br. Bernard S. Oca FSC, President of DLSU and had the outstanding participation of Archbishop Charles John Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, HE.
The launch was joined by messages of support from the leaders of the three new institutions that were incorporated into the Asia & Ocenaia Uniservitate regional hub: Fr Stephen Mavely, Rector of Don Bosco University Assam in India; Fr Anthony Casamento, CSMA, Vice President and Director of Identity and Mission of the Australian Catholic University; and, Fr Leszek Niewdana SVD, Vice President for Mission of Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan.
The event, which was attended by more than 130 participants from 26 institutions in the region, was moderated by Neil Penullar, director of COSCA-DLSU, who invited Nieves Tapia, director of CLAYSS, to speak on “Service-learning in Catholic Higher Education” and Ma. Rosa Tapia, coordinator of Uniservitate, to share her experience in the framework of the Programme and her expectations for this new stage of shared work.
The meeting was enlivened by the musical performance of the De La Salle University choir and took place in an atmosphere of fraternity and strengthening of institutional ties for the same commitment: “to go out to the peripheries and put academic knowledge at the service of the community”.