UOG announces Regional Center for Public PolicyWritten by Rebecca Elmore
Guam - After years of dedicated effort, the University of Guam announced that the Regional Center for Public Policy is now officially a reality.
The center aims to be a problem solver or think tank for the island community at large, something Dr. John Rivera, Chair of the School of Business and Public Administration, says UOG has already been doing for some time now. With acclaimed student research such as Project Foresight and individual graduate studies underway, the center will serve as a hub to pull all the emerging data and findings under one roof.
"We're very proud to present this to our community,” remarked Senior Vice President Dr. Anita Borja Enriquez. “And not just locally, but throughout the region as an avenue towards examining the data looking at evidence, being able to produce some meaningful results that have some meaningful implications for revised policy,” she said.
According to Dr. Annette Santos, the Dean of SBPA, the research from an institution of higher education provides robust and meaningful nonpartisan information.
She hopes our leaders, both on Guam and within the region, implement the research generated from the center based on the projects that are put forth from the students and faculty at UOG.
“At the heart to every land grant institution is what we can give back to our community and that's what drove us for the need for the RCPP. We have faculty members here who have expertise in areas that are that are important to the issues areas confronting our island, from environmental sustainability to healthcare to education,” Dean Santos notes.
The center's first publication, the 2016 CNMI Economic Report was released at the press conference and is now available online at www.uog.edu/RCPP.