Seventeen student s and three professors from the Graduate School of Biosphere Science, Hiroshima University (HU), Japan visited the Visayas State University (VSU) on August 10-18, 2016. The professors were Prof. Lawrence M. Liao, Prof. Teruo Maeda, and Prof. Tamiji Yamamoto. On the other hand, the 17 students were third year Animal Science and Environmental Science majors.

The educational trip was intended to strengthen the ties between the two institutions as sister universities. Five years ago, VSU and HU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the establishment of “an academic and educational exchange program in order to promote mutual understanding between the two countries and between the two institutions through educational and academic collaboration and exchange, and to contribute to the advancement and progress of learning.” Dr. Dinah M. Espina, head of the Department of Animal Scienc e, in coordination with Dr. Lawrence M. Liao, head of the HU delegation, organized various activities to make this year's educational tour successful like the previous years. These activities included an orientation about VSU; a campus tour and visit to the VSU-based research centers (PhilRootcrops, National Abaca Research Center, National Coconut Research Center and the Philippine Carabao Center); and a seminar where the two Japanese professors presented papers. Professor Teruo Maeda, animal reproduction specialist, discussed about “Effective embryo production from Holstein cows treated with gonadotropin-releasing hormone during early lactation.” On the other hand, Professor Tamiji Yamamoto, marine environmental chemistry specialist, presented a paper on “Modelling the Aquatic Ecosystem Dynamics.”

Aside from the above activities, the visitors also joined an outreach program in Gabas Integrated School and donated some school supplies for the pupils. They also planted mangroves in Brgy. Palhi, Baybay City, Leyte and witnessed the different activities during the VSU’s 92nd anniversary celebration. The visitors were treated to a farewell party at the VSU Guest House on August 17, and they were given certificates of completion for successfully completing the educational tour. They returned Japan on August 18, 2016.