Official seals of Osaka University and Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

THE UNIVERSITY has partnered with universities in Japan to establish a technology transfer office, which will introduce Thomasian research and innovations to the market.

Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. said an “exploratory study” as made in Osaka University last January to look for effective technology transfer models to be adapted by the University.

“[W]e are looking into the [technology] transfer of Osaka University. We have our own [technology] transfer office but we would like to find good models for the University,” Dagohoy said in a chance interview last Feb. 14.

Michael Jorge Peralta, Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) manager, said the technology transfer office would be able to accommodate the transfer of the University’s research and patents to the market.

“The existing services of ITSO, specifically on intellectual property registration and patent search, will help in this,” Peralta said.

The University has also collaborated with the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) to improve the planned curriculum and research models for the future UST campus in Santa Rosa, Laguna.

Dagohoy said administrators were interested to learn the “modern” academic set-up of OIST as it had produced many patents despite the absence of colleges and departments.

Sabi namin, paano pinapatakbo `yung academics nang walang faculties, walang colleges, walang institute so it’s very collaborative kasi open lahat ng laboratories. So very modern ‘yung approach doon, experimental. We are very interested to learn that for Santa Rosa,” Dagohoy said.   

Dagohoy and Peralta were accompanied by Vice Rector for Finance Fr. Rolando Castro, O.P., Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Cheryl Peralta, Vice Rector for Research and Innovation Maribel Nonato and Facilities Management Office Director Fr. Dexter A. Austria. 


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