Iloilo Science and Technology University in collaboration with Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) played host to the 15th Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities of Industrial Technology (PACUIT), Inc. National Conference held on May 3-5, 2017 at the Iloilo Grand Hotel, Iloilo City.
With the theme ”Technology Innovation for Sustainable Development Through Global Partnership,” the conference aimed to update the participants of the current trends on technology innovation for sustainable development through presentation and discussion of topics, researches and studies related to the theme. It also aimed to promote collaborative research, sharing of experience, and knowledge and expertise among educators of industrial technology and provide a venue for members of PACUIT to present their research outputs and effective practices for sustainable development.
ISAT U President Raul F. Muyong and City Administrator Atty. Hernanado C. Galvez, representing Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog, welcomed the participants to the conference.
Dr. Ram Hari Lamichhane, Director General, Colombo Plan Staff College, was the keynote speaker of the conference. He focused on the global trend of the workforce, green economy and sustainable development, role of technical education for sustainable development, issues and challenges of sustainable technical education and transforming technical education for sustainable future in message.
Dr. Lamichhane highlighted the partnership for sustainable development and global competitiveness to ensure stable economy and and technological innovation as a must for sustainable development. The role of technical education for sustainable development to mitigate impact of human activity as well as to address ecological crisis were also emphasized. He encouraged higher learning institutions to (1) promote green campus in energy, water utilization and waste management; (2) promote green society by using renewable energy, proper waste management, clean water, forest management and facilitate transfer of green technology; (3) conduct green research and awareness program; and (4) create a green culture with green values, green attitude, green ethics and green practices.
Five topics were also presented in the plenary sessions: (1) ICT for Enhancing the Quality and Accessibility of Industrial Technology Education presented by Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthiavel, CPSC Faculty Consultant; (2) Curriculum Greening in Industrial technology by Dr. Renato M. Sorolla, Pres., Carlos Hilado Memorial State College ;(3) Technology and Patent Search: Method for Technological Innovation by ISAT U VP for Extension and Research Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut; (4) “Technopreneurship as a Catalyst for Industrial Technology Education Reform” by Dr. Godelyn G. Hisole, ISAT U professor and (5) Solar Power Plant Optimization through Automation by Hytech Power, Inc. President Engr. Jude S. Soliman.
Fifty-nine researches/studies were presented in the parallel sessions by different members of PACUIT during the three-day conference.
A cultural and industrial tour of the participants around Iloilo City capped the event.