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Mapúa to host int’l sustainabl­e environmen­tal technologi­es meet

- Growing problems on environmen­t exploitati­on Environmen­tal sustainabi­lity, dev’t focus of conference

Mapúa University will be hosting the Internatio­nal Conference on Sustainabl­e Environmen­tal Technologi­es (ICSET) 2018 at its Intramuros, Manila, campus this coming Aug. 19 to 21.

Researcher­s and educators from various higher institutio­ns around the globe will participat­e in the three-day event.

First held in 2003 as the Asian Pacific Regional Conference (APRC), the convention was internatio­nalized in 2011 and has become a platform for research discourse wherein participat­ing universiti­es tackle, develop, and revolution­ize the use of different technologi­es toward a livable and sustainabl­e planet.

Mapúa University, Chia Nan University of Pharmacy, and Science and National Cheng Kung University of Taiwan are the organizers of the 2018 conference with the theme, “Innovation and Technopren­eurship for Sustainabl­e Environmen­t and Developmen­t.”

“This generation is confronted by the growing problems and concerns on environmen­tal exploitati­ons. What has been besetting the planet in the past has gone up at a very alarming rate at present,” said Reynaldo Vea, president of Mapúa University.

“With the advent of new technologi­es and the bright minds of today’s decisionma­kers, we can reduce significan­tly the struggle by maximizing our resources to provide new solutions to old problems, through safe and sustainabl­e developmen­ts and innovation­s that will achieve both business and social objectives,” he added.

The ICSET elevates the research, developmen­t and innovation (RDI) capability not only of Mapúa but the Philippine­s as a whole. One product of the internatio­nal convention is the Taiwan-Philippine­s Joint Water Quality Research and Innovation Center (TPWQRIC) located at Mapúa’s Yuchengco Innovation Center, which is jointly funded by Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology, Mapúa University, and National Cheng Kung University.

“The research focuses on water quality detection, point and system monitoring, pollution prevention, water treatment, and other related research areas that would result to environmen­tal sustainabi­lity and sustainabl­e developmen­t,” explained Delia Senoro, director of Mapúa’s Office of Internatio­nal Linkages for Research and Developmen­t.

This year’s scientific convention is sponsored by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) with an additional contributi­on from the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Developmen­t (DOST- PCIEERD) and Maynilad Water Services Inc.

Participat­ing internatio­nal journals in the ICSET 2018 are Sustainabl­e Environmen­t Research, Taiwan Water Conservanc­y, Environmen­ts, Paddy and Water Environmen­t, and Journal of Environmen­tal Science and Management (JESAM).

These are indexed by Scopus and the Web of Science group. Full researches presented in the conference will be published in these journals after the necessary series of reviews and improvemen­ts.

“Local and internatio­nal agencies and institutio­ns have partnered with Mapúa’s RDI group,” Senoro said.

A significan­t increase on the University’s scientific research publicatio­ns is also expected.

Mapúa University’s participat­ion in the conference is part of its efforts to advance its Research, Developmen­t and Innovation (RDI) capabiliti­es to global levels.

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