UPPI Professor Dr. Grace T. Cruz recently spent some time at the University of Namur (UNamur), a private university located around 70 kilometers southeast of Brussels, as part of the faculty exchange under the Erasmus+ Programme agreement between the University of the Philippines and UNamur.
Dr. Cruz gave lectures on demographic concepts and measures with special focus on Philippine situation to graduating students of the university. In her lectures, Dr. Cruz covered the a wide range of topics including an overview on the Philippine demography, assessment of data, analysis and interpretation of population composition, population dynamics, measurement of population change, and issues relating to the demographic processes of mortality, fertility, reproduction, migration and urbanization.
Dr. Cruz also spent part of her time for the mid-term evaluation of the doctoral research program of Elizabeth Henriet, a Ph.D. student in UNamur as she sits in the dissertation panel of the latter. Ms. Henriet’s study area is Giuian, Eastern Samar, one of the municipalities with the highest number of casualties and damage after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). In the first half of 2016, the UPPI hosted Ms. Henriet when she did fieldwork in Giuian.
The University of Namur was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1831. Located in the southern Belgium region of Wallonia, it is primarily a French-speaking university.
Photo op with her students after her last lecture.