RIT/NTID signs agreement with college in the Philippines

Various people standing behind a table with black tablecloth that reads RIT National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

For the past 20 years, Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf (RIT/NTID) in Rochester, New York, has partnered with De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (CSB) in the Philippines, to provide educational outreach for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. This week, the two colleges signed a formal memorandum of understanding to strengthen their cultural, educational and research ties.

The alliance, designed “to enhance mutual understanding and promote academic collaboration and cooperation,” will provide short and long-term teaching and seminar development and other forms of faculty collaboration and exchange with several RIT colleges, including NTID, the College of Applied Science and Technology and E. Philip Saunders College of Business. Initial faculty collaboration will place special emphasis on the shared understanding of curriculum, teaching methods and research related to the education of people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Representing RIT/NTID at the signing was Gerry Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean, along with NTID’s Center for International Educational Outreach staff, led by Thomastine Sarchet. Chancellor Robert Tang and a delegation composed of CSB’s vice-chancellor for academics, deans and directors from several programs and schools were in attendance. 

“The linkages established through this and other MOU’s recognize the inherent quality and value each partner offers and the synergy that can be created by such cooperative endeavors,” Buckley said. “We are committed to further advancing our longstanding partnership with CSB and developing knowledge of the educational resources and research opportunities that exist between our institutions.”

The partnership also will provide undergraduate and graduate degree programs, student exchanges, study abroad and an exchange of academic information with a focus on deaf education, access technology and support services.

About De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde

De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde is a private Catholic college in the Malate district of Manila, Philippines, that features programs in deaf education and accessibility for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.