As part of the commitment to its internationalization agenda, Iloilo Science and Technology University, clinched a deal with the International Talent Circulation Base (INTACT BASE) on Friday, April 12, 2024. University President, Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre, Jr. officially signed the Memorandum of Cooperation for this important milestone with Dr. Sardis Chen, Director of the Office of International Affairs of Cheng Shiu University, Taiwan.

INTACT Base is a Taiwanese organization dedicated to synergize prestigious Taiwanese and other global institutions. This endeavor seeks to foster international collaboration and further enhance the partnership in industrial-academic education through the International Industrial Talents Educational Special (INTENSE) Program. According to Ms. Krystl Lim, representative of Cheng Shiu University, one of the universities tasked to promote INTACT BASE, this program caters to graduates of partner institutions who aspire to pursue educational and occupational opportunities after graduation. The INTENSE Program integrates government scholarships and provide stipends from distinguished corporations and gives conducive professional learning environment. The main target of this program is to cultivate international talents within the realms of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Semiconductor Technology and Finance. She also added that while on this program, the student must learn Chinese during its two year term and pass the exam. Learning the language is important considering that the student must render a return service by working in Taiwan’s prestigious companies. If after the rendering of return service the student desires to go back to his country, he may do so. However, he also has the option to stay and work for the company, if he believes that the company can provide his personal and professional growth.

Ms. Lim proudly announced that ISAT U is the first State University in Iloilo that entered into this Memorandum of Cooperation with INTACT and hopes that this collaboration will help ISAT U Alumni as well as create a good industrial and academic relationship among the University partners.

Dr. Salistre, on the other hand, is very thankful to INTACT for the trust and confidence in choosing ISAT U as one of the project’s partners. He assures the delegates from Taiwan to encourage students and alumni to join the list of the many interested students who see their future in Taiwan.

Also present during this event were ISAT U Vice President for External Affairs, Dr. Nemia H. Mabaquiao, Ms. Jieza J. Napone, Marketing and Communications Officer of the Office of the Vice President for External Affairs and Atty. Chito Colonia of the University Legal Office. Representatives from INTACT BASE also included Mr. Jacky Chen and Mr. Vincent Huang.