by Office of Publication & Information (OPI)
The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) recently released the list of Centers of Excellence (COE) and Centers of Development (COD) in various disciplines for 2016-2018 in en banc resolution numbers 709-2015 on December 1, 2015 and 766-2015 on December 14, 2015 upon the recommendations of the different Technical Panels.
MSU-IIT’s four Centers of Excellence (COE) are in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and in Physics.
The Centers of Development (COD) for MSU-IIT are in Ceramics Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Information Technology, Marine Science, Statistics, Filipino, History and Sociology.
The designations for COE and COD take effect January 1, 2016 and will be from 2016 to 2018 based on a CHEd Memorandum Order (CMO) no. 38 Series 2015 signed by CHEd Chair Patricia B. Licuanan on December 23, 2015.
The CHEd Memo Order no. 38 said in part, “the designated COEs and CODs may avail of financial assistance on a project proposal basis geared towards the development of improvement of the programs, particularly cutting-edge technology in the different disciplines, provided that the implementation of the project should conform to the policies stipulated in the respective CMOs”.
The list of CMOs as basis for the COE and COD designations accompanied the list of COEs and CODs released by the CHEd.
Meanwhile, pending the completion of evaluation of applications for COEs and CODs in Teacher Education and in some Engineering programs, the validity of programs previously designated COE or COD status in Teacher Education and in some Engineering programs such as in Agricultural Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering and Sanitary Engineering have been extended from January 1, 2016 to March 16, 2016.
But CHEd will not grant financial assistance to new project proposals during the extension period of the above existing COEs and CODs in Engineering and in Teacher Education according to the CHEd Memo Order no. 37, Series 2015 signed by the CHEd Chair Licuanan.