September 5, 2016
The opening day of the Foundation Anniversary proved to be memorable, significant and full of inspiration despite the heavy rain that showered the university campus.
Students, faculty and staff braved the early morning drizzle as they went on with the foot parade from La Paz Plaza to the school grounds. The ISAT U community withstood the unpredictability of the weather to attend the opening program at the university open field.
Dr. Asusina Asuncion Echaveria, Dean, College of Education, welcomed everyone by flashing back the school’s transition from a simple technical school to a university and as a leading technological and manpower institution in the region and in the country. The University is also envisioned as a leading science and technology university in Southeast Asia by 2030. Dr. Echaveria said that “excellence is not an end in itself but a start of a very turbulent and a challenging journey.” She stressed that excellence is not an act but a habit.
Mr. Robert L. Uy, member of the ISAT U Board of Regents representing the private sector was the guest speaker in the opening ceremony. An accountant, a reputable and successful businessman, Mr. Uy commended the University’s achievement in developing into an institution distinctive of its “quality education and efficient training for each student”and the people behind this success. The students were also encouraged to love learning and apply them in practical life. He reminded them that they are the purpose of ISAT U Mission –to make them locally oriented, globally competitive and eco-friendly human resources. They were also encourage to do their share to help ISAT U in making them an asset of this country. To highlight his message, he imparts one of the principles he believed in- that talents and abilities are not the important ingredients of success but attitude is of the most important value.
In his message, University President Dr. Raul F. Muyong noted the significance and value of the occasion. The 111th Foundation Anniversary is also the ISAT U 1st year anniversary as a chartered university. This celebration also marks the unveiling and launching of the New Vision, Mission, Institutional Goals, Core Values and Institutional Outcomes which was approved by the Board of Regents on June 26, 2016 through Resolution No. 23-2016. Dr. Muyong also enjoined everyone to respond to the challenges of achieving excellence and becoming a leading science and technology university in Southeast Asia by 2030. He also rallied the administration, faculty, staff and students to create a culture of excellence and quality in all of their endeavors.
Activities centered on the student’s development and welfare were also held on the day. The new website, www.isatu.edu.ph was launched to provide easy access for the students to browse on their grades, schedules and account balance and a facility for feedback and complaints, linkages, publications of research works and projects and to promote transparency in public offices.
The students were also given the opportunity to display their academic prowess in the Academic Quiz. Their electronic and engineering wizardry was also put to test in the robotics showdown. The exhibits of the different colleges revealed the students creativity and ingenuity.