The academic collaboration between the two reputable universities in Asia, such as Holy Name University of Bohol, Philippines and the National University of Singapore (NUS) has made history, in the fact of their academic researches and achievements. Firstly, it has sustained time as it is now on its third year; starting summer of 2014. Since that schoolyear, during the summer months of April and May, NUS engages their Environmental Studies students for field biology investigations in Bohol because of its rich biodiversity and ecosystem. It was only last summer of 2016-2017 that there was a break in their annual engagement because of security threat of the presence of the Abu Sayyaf in the province during the Lenten time of April, 2017.
Presently, this batch of NUS-Bachelor Science in Environmental Studies is a composite of 54 students, eight (8) teaching assistants (TAs) and is headed by two senior professors, Dr. Joanna Coleman and her colleague Dr. Sorain Ramchunder. The eight (8) teaching assistants composed of four (4) local TAs namely Mr. Ted Mikko Ayeng, Ms. Rizel Jose, Mr. Wilbert Aureo and Dr. Charina Narido; and four (4) international TAs, namely; Mr. Jared Moore, Ms. Claire Bowry, Mr. Nicholas Ang, and Ms. Josline Lim. The areas covered by the NUS student-researchers are the following: the MPA or Marine Protected Areas of Bingag and Tabalong in Dauis, Bohol Biodiversity Complex (BBC) in Bilar town- also partnered with Cabacnitan People’s Organization, Bilar, Bohol Environmental Management Office (BEMO), Maribojoc Organic Demo Farm.
After, a short summer respite in 2017 to the continuing HNU and NUS linkage, the National University of Singapore (NUS) resumes last May 18 to send their Bachelors of Environmental Science (BES) students. The students had two (2) weeks of field survey and samplings in the different local partners in Bohol, catering to both marine and terrestrial ecosystems. They had their research presentation last May 30, 2018 at the University’s High School Educational Media Center.