Iloilo Science and Technology University goes global in the celebration of its 114th Foundation Anniversary on September 9-13, 2019. This year’s theme is “ISAT U @ 114: Building Global Partnership for Inclusive Sustainable Development.”
“We are ASEAN citizens, we are global citizens,” was the call of ISAT U President Dr. Raul F. Muyong during the celebration’s opening program. “In our vision, we aim ISAT U as a leading science and technology university in Southeast Asia by 2030. We can only attain this if we actively involve ourselves in the global economy, global education, and if we participate our activities outside the country,”
Looking back at the person instrumental for ISAT U’s university status, the organizers invited Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Trenas as the guest speaker. Mayor Trenas, then Iloilo City lone district representative, sponsored RA No. 10595, converting Western Visayas College of Science and Technology into Iloilo Science and Technology University.
Mayor Trenas gave importance to formal education in the development of an individual. “It gives us the knowledge of the world around that changes into something better; it broadens our perspective about life and helps us build a strong sense of opinion,” Trenas said.
Education, according to Trenas, plays a role in the development of people and society and it is part of the wheels for inclusive development of Iloilo City. He acknowledged ISAT U as an institution that is committed “to bettering the lives of each students and creating better opportunities and brighter future for everyone.”
The mayor also recognized ISAT U’s contributions in fostering better future through quality education, as a community that ensures holistic learning and development among Ilonggo students and the empowerment to effect positive change in the society. He also mentioned the university’s intervention as training ground and in the development of the Uswag Scholars of the city government.
A resounding applause filled the hall when Mayor Trenas signifies his support to ISAT U. “I am very proud of what this institution has become . . . from an institute to a college, and now to a University…you have my 150 % support.”
Mayor Trenas also included ISAT U in his dream to LEVEL UP ILOILO, “ bilang amay sang Iloilo, when I say Level Up Iloilo kita tanan ululupod agud mag Level Up. LEVEL UP ISAT UNIVERSITY. (as the father of Iloilo, when I say Level Up Iloilo, together we will Level Up. Level Up ISAT University.”
Setting the tone for globalization, the faculty and staff from different campuses wore global attires: the Non-Teaching Personnel-Asian; College of Arts and Sciences-South America; College of Engineering and Architecture-Oceania; College of Education-North America; College of Industrial Technology-Central America; Barotac Nuevo-Eastern Europe; Dumangas- Middle East; Leon-European Union; Miagao-The Carribean; alumni-Africa.