RSU graduate students participate in the Japanese Sigloc-COIL program


TWO Masters students from Romblon State University (RSU) Graduate and Professional Studies Program (GEPS) participated in the 10th Socially Innovative World-Class Collaborative Online International Online Learning Virtual Program (Sigloc -COIL) from Osaka City University in Japan from March 10-25, according to RSU President Dr. Merian Catajay-Mani.

Dr. Merian Catajay-Mani

They are Mhel Ryan Flores and Anisa Angela Nicole Modena. They joined other international students from Brazil, the United States of America, Indonesia, Malaysia, China and Japan.

The Sigloc program started in February 2019 as a joint (face-to-face) training program between Osaka University (Japan) and Andrews University (USA). In 2020, Osaka City University implemented the Sigloc program virtually/online to provide “free” international education during the Covid-19 pandemic that uses a collaborative online international learning framework ( COIL).

RSU participants in the Sigloc virtual program using the international collaborative online learning framework.

RSU participants in the Sigloc virtual program using the international collaborative online learning framework.

The main objective of the program is to train social innovators who will identify pressing social problems and provide solutions through new products, services and systems. It encourages participants to discover the problems and the capacity to find solutions and trains them to implement the solutions identified through collaborations between the participating international students.

The program also requires participating students to study approximately 30 hours per week, including synchronous and asynchronous pair/group work. Part of the program also includes cultural activities organized by the participating students who are grouped into teams.

Part of the student participants’ culminating output is an individual report presentation on their chosen topics, in line with the program theme: “SDGs: Social innovation in your local community to solve global problems”.

Flores submitted a report entitled “The Urbanization of the Environment and the Decline of Green

Spaces: the case of the city of Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines. »

Meanwhile, Modena’s report was titled “Romblon, Romblon’s Resilience: Circumstances and Security on the Island”.

Dr. Reynaldo Perez-Ramos, Director of the Office of International Relations and External Affairs (ILAO) served as an advisor to the RSU participants. Ramos was cleared for the orientation and closing events.

The 11th SIGLOC program will be held online from July 11 to 29, 2022.

For more information about this free program for undergraduate and postgraduate students, contact Osaka Metropolitan University’s COIL program at jp/en/blog/11th_sigloc_online/.

In a related development, two mentors from RSU have been recognized as top paper presenters at the 3rd International Virtual Conference on Development Education (IVCDE) 2022, sponsored by the Asian Society of Teachers for Research, in cooperation with Philippine School Doha, held on April 6. at 8 via Zoom teleconference.

They were Gianinna Elaine Labicane and Ricky Michael Oliva. The mentors were honored to have been recognized as top presenters for three of the five conference streams, specifically in the areas of education, science education and language education.

The citation reads, “In recognition for successfully presenting a conference paper that fully met international standards for research presentation in content, methodology, presentation skills, and questions and answers.”

The article for the Education component which was jointly presented by Labicane and Oliva was entitled “Competence, attitude and challenges in the integration of ICT of the faculty of the State University of Romblon”.

For the Language Education component, Labicane presented the research paper titled “Experiences of Foreign Language Anxiety of Filipino EFL Teachers Prior to Employment at a State University in the Philippines”.

Molina presented his article in the field of science education titled “Aurgan

Gamification of anatomical education using extended reality and machine learning.”


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