PANABO CITY – The University of Tsukuba, one of the top-ranking universities in Japan for its contribution to science, technology, and humanities, invited Davao del Norte State College’s President, Dr. Joy M. Sorrosa, and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Girley S. Gumanao, to its 151st + 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Pres. Sorrosa was an alumna of the university under its Doctor of Philosophy in Science/ Research program. As part of the celebration, she was invited to share her university and career experiences as one of the alumni who went on to greatly contribute to their respective fields. The talk was part of the activities during the launching of the Tsukuba Universal Alumni Network (TUAN) at the University Hall on October 1, 2023. Pres. Sorrosa shared that her stay in Tsukuba was filled with academic rigor and cultural appreciation. She enjoyed engaging in stimulating discussions with fellow students from around the world while enjoying the culture and wonders of Japan.

She also reunited with her former adviser/ sensei, Dr. Yoshihiro Shiraiwse, Prof. Emeritus of the University, who honed her scientific skills. Dr. Sorrosa and Dr. Gumanao also attended one of the activities for the celebration at the Tsukuba International Congress Center Leo Esaki Main Convention Hall on September 30, 2023. They were able to listen and learn from the talks of the university’s prominent professors and alumni. The highlight of the ceremony was the inspiring journey of the Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry in 2000 and Emeritus of the University of Tsukuba, Dr. Shirakawa Hideki.

The pair also witnessed International Day 2023, collaboratively organized by Japanese and international students. There were booths and performances that introduced the culture of various countries and regions. It was said to be participated by approximately 2,400 students from 115 countries and regions who study at the University of Tsukuba. The administrators gained ideas on mounting events celebrating alumni and international linkages.