An information session about the programs, projects, and published researches of the Seafarers International Research Center was conducted last November 18, 2016, 11:30-01:00 PM at Palma Hall 207. This activity was initiated by the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in coordination with Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom.
The information session was part of the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the University of the Philippines and Cardiff University. Professor Helen Sampson, Director of the SIRC served as the resource person. Aside from the programs, project, and published researches, Prof. Sampson also talked about the website of SIRC (www.sirc.cf.ac.uk) which can be a good resource for researchers. She also mentioned stories about their alumni who are now successful in their various fields such as the academe, law, and maritime industry. She encouraged the participants to explore fellowship and scholarship opportunities that will enable them to pursue their graduate studies in Cardiff University.
The information session was attended by students and faculty from the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. Dr. Nelson Turgo, a research associate of SIRC and also a former faculty of the College of Arts and Letters was also present during the presentation on SIRC.
Some of the questions that the participants asked the speaker during the open forum were about possible research collaborations between SIRC and UP, impacts of the SIRC researches to existing international laws, possible research topics on seafarers that Philosophy scholars/researches may work on, and the impact of the Brexit to SIRC.
The speaker also shared about her book, “International Seafarers and Transnationalism in the Twenty-First Century”. The book may be an important resource for researchers, especially in the field of social sciences, who are interested in the method of ethnography.