Expected to participate in the digital economy integration of countries in the new Western Land-Sea Corridor (WLSC), the China-ASEAN (Association of SouthEast Asian Nations) Big Data Industry-University-Research Alliance designated Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU) as the only council member from the Philippines.
Representing TAU is Dr. Christine N. Ferrer, Director of the Office of the External Linkages and International Affairs (ELIA), who attended the Think Tank Network Council Meeting and launching ceremony of the said research alliance on 16-18 November 2021 and was assigned as the Vice Chairman of the council.
Dr. Ferrer shared that TAU’s involvement will benefit its Information Technology (IT)-infrastructure as experts from prominent Chinese companies such as Huawei and China Mobile and the world leader in research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, pledged to extend technical assistance to member institutions. “We will also explore possible linkages for faculty and student mobility and research collaboration,” she confirmed.
Established by Guangxi University and China-ASEAN Information Harbor Institute of Big Data Research in Beijing and Nanning, the coalition aims to set up an institution solely devoted to advance Industry 4.0 data analytics and contribute to the construction of China-ASEAN Digital Silk Road.
TAU, IT-related enterprises, and Higher Education Institutions from China and the ASEAN are encouraged to team up in a number of projects consisting primarily of big data development, joint research, and knowledge-sharing.