Archives for May 2018

US Ambassador meets Iloilo research, dev’t partners

 Ambassador Sung Y. Kim stresses  the importance of partnership and cooperation for development in his speech.

The Ambassador of the United States to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim and the officials of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) met with partners for implementation of the five-year USAID’s Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project at Richmonde Hotel, Iloilo City on April 19, 2018.

Project SURGE aims to foster the development of conditions for broad‐based, inclusive and resilient economic growth in secondary cities.

The partnership and support on research and development activities of higher learning institutions was also recognized as vital component in the program. Among the partner institutions of USAID in Iloilo City are ISAT U, University of the Philippines in the Visayas , University of San Agustin and Central Philippine University.

Ms. Narzalina Z. Lim, former Secretary of the Department of Tourism acknowledged the role of USAID-STRIDE in enabling Iloilo to harness its advantage in the area of research and development through the universities. She also affirmed a strong partnership of the USAID and the local higher education institutions through funded projects. Caffeination, co-organized by ISAT U and Iloilo Business Club with Research Triangle Institute, Inc. was also observed as an incubator of ideas for development. It is a once a month one-hour meeting of industry and academe to discuss research applications in various industries.

The ISAT U’s Research Hub was also mentioned and highlighted the active involvement of the academe in research and development. It will house the agency’s equipment, technology, laboratories and become the center of USAID-funded projects in Iloilo City

Amb. Kim acknowledges the appreciation expressed by Dr. Muyong for supporting ISAT U’s research endeavors.

As one of the invited guests, Dr. Raul F. Muyong grabbed the opportunity to express his appreciation to the support extended by USAID-STRIDE to ISAT U’s research projects. USAID-STRIDE granted a total of 19 million pesos financial support to four research projects since Dr. Muyong started as university president in May 2015.

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Student Service Center to rise soon

Key university officials and officers of the Student Government lead the groundbreaking ceremony and the laying of capsule for the construction of the Student Service Center.

“On this site will rise the one stop shop facility for student services, “ Dr. Raul F. Muyong announced during the groundbreaking ceremony and the laying of capsule for the construction of the Student Service Center (SSC) Building at the new site on April 16, 2018.

The center  will provide convenience and speed up students’ transactions. It  is designed to facilitate a smooth flow of processing of requirements from enrollment to graduation. The SSC will act as convergence area for all offices catering to student’s affairs and services.

To provide accessibility and quick assistance, the front desk of the Office of the University Registrar and Admission (OURA) and the School Clinic will be strategically located at the ground floor of the SSC.  More medical and dental facilities will be added to the clinic to accomodate  patients from the campus and the community. It was also announced that the university will purchase a vehicle to be used in emergency cases.

The Office of the University Registrar, a conference room and a working area for the office staff will be assigned at the second floor alongside with the office of the Technovator (students’ publication). An Archive for the OURA will be provided for safe and orderly keeping of records.

The third floor will accommodate the Office of the Student Affairs and Services (OSAS), a conference room and the office of the OSAS Director. The Office of the Student Government and its session hall, a prayer room and a waiting lounge will also be provided in the area.

The assembly hall for students activities, the audio-visual control room and the National Service Training Program (NSTP) office will be situated at the fourth floor.  Gardens assigned to the different colleges will be an additional feature of the assembly hall to create awareness on environmental concerns.

The perspective of the Student Service Center.

The 50-million peso facility will be equipped with elevator and two comfort rooms in every floor. A walkway leading to the access route that will connect the main campus and the new site will be constructed to protect the students from the elements of nature and the traffic hazards.

The  SSC’s construction is expected to be completed in 2019.


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