MSU-IIT launches ASEAN Week

MSU-IIT launches ASEAN Week

by Christine F. Godinez Ortega, Office of Publication & Information (OPI)

Referring to the role of the university, the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSUIIT) Chancellor Sukarno D. Tanggol declared that MSU-IIT is committed to a quality standard in the development of human resource even as the Institute is in the process of realizing and completing its “ASEANess” at the launching of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) week yesterday morning during the Flag Ceremony at the Integrated Developmental School Multi- Purpose Hall (IDS-MPH).

Chancellor Tanggol said that one of the yardsticks of a top caliber university is to find its niche in ASEAN in terms of quality standards through collaborations between countries, to have a number of international students and professors on campus, and to assist in the “labor mobility of students”.

To achieve these, despite negative perceptions, Chancellor Tanggol said “we are an excellent school” but “we need to sacrifice, to be selfless while we are here”.

The Chancellor cited the Norwegian sociologist and mathematician Johan Vincent Galtun of the University of Oslo who has been, among his numerous achievements, a recipient of the first Tun Mahathir Professor of Global Peace at the International Islamic University Malaysia.

Galtun had predicted that the ASEAN will become one of the seven powers in the world. But the Chancellor said he is not certain if this has been fulfilled today, but he is still thankful that the Philippines, as one of the founders of ASEAN is at present one of its active members.  

The ASEAN was organized in 1967 with an original membership of five countries, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Today, the ASEAN has 10 members. Apart from the founding member countries, membership today includes Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

During the Flag Ceremony and launching of ASEAN week, the Chancellor also outlined how the country can be in sync with the rest of the nine other ASEAN nations by creating a first rate economic community especially within the BIMP-EAGA region, by securing its borders and by addressing security threats from extremist groups, and by creating a socio-cultural community.

While the Chancellor thanked the organizers led by ASEAN Week Convenor Dr. Darwin J. Manubag, OVCRE Director for Extension, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension (OVCRE), host of the day’s Flag Ceremony, he, the Chancellor said the launching of the ASEAN week in MSU-IIT could be the first of its kind in Visayas and Mindanao.

Dr. Manubag for his part told OPI that he proposed the holding of ASEAN week in MSU-IIT to “raise ASEAN consciousness because of the many opportunities” available within the region as well as “to position the MSU-IIT” as a significant hub within the ASEAN.   

The event also included a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Edgar W. Ignacio that opened the ASEAN Food Expo, Travel Expo, Arts Installations and Marketplace at the lawn fronting the Administration building attended by the MSU-IIT faculty and staff and some members of the Iligan community. For the schedule of other activities during ASEAN week at the MSU-IIT check the Institute website:

The ASEAN week in MSU-IIT comes on the heels of the Philippines hosting of the recently-concluded 30th ASEAN Summit chaired by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on April 26-29, 2017. The summit was declared a success and was attended by Heads of State of all the member countries. 

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Turnover ceremony of PRISM building and launching of its core program D3NP

Turnover ceremony of PRISM building and launching of its core program D3NP

by OPI

MSU-IIT Chancellor Dr. Sukarno D. Tanggol and the Vice Chancellor for Research & Extension Dr. Jinky B. Bornales led the turnover ceremony of the Premier Research Institute of Science and Mathematics (PRISM) and the Launching of its core program for 2017-2027, the Discovery, Development and Delivery of Natural Products (D3NP) at the Conference Hall, second floor of the PRISM building on March 29, 2017. The PRISM was established as a research center of the College of Science & Mathematics (CSM) on December 18, 2015 envisioned “to generate principles, protocol and products that provide dynamic and innovative solutions to society and the environment.” Part of its mandate as published in its brochure are to foster, facilitate, and strengthen interdisciplinary collaborations among researchers of various fields of Science, Mathematics and allied fields; initiate further linkages and partnerships with local, national, and international companies, generate patents of generated technologies for commercial purposes developed from its research programs; and, to provide support to the general community. In November this year, the PRISM Council was created and the building was inaugurated the following month. There are eight research groups to share the offices and facilities of PRISM. These are the Nanoscience Group; the Natural Product and Drug Development Program; the Complex Systems Group; the Renewable Energy Group; the Climate Change Research Group; the Biodiversity Group; the Applied Mathematics and Statistics Group; and the Theoretical Science Group.  Dr. Ferdinand P. Jamil, former CSM Dean is now the PRISM’s first Acting Director.

Photos by Jez Timonera Orbe, OPI  

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