Petalcorin, Luzano join University of Montpellier Staff Week

Petalcorin, Luzano join University of Montpellier Staff Week

by Michelle Jeanne Caracut, OC/OPI

MSU-IIT’s Dr. Gaudencio Petalcorin, Jr. and Ms. Jelli Grace C. Luzano flew to France last week to join the Observation Session for International Relations Officers of Philippine Higher Education Institutions (PHEIs) that is designed to help capacitate participants for internationalization.

Petalcorin, the Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development and concurrent head of the Office of International Affairs (OIA), and Luzano, OIA staff member, participated in the observation session, held at the University of Montpellier (UM), as MSU-IIT’s International Relations Officers.

The five-day activity, entitled UM Staff Week, was held at the centuries-old university in Southeastern France from September 30-October 4, 2019.

According to Petalcorin, the UM Staff Week was aimed at having member-universities of the ANTENA, an Erasmus+ project that is conducted in collaboration with the University of Alicante, Spain, and the UM, exchange best practices and broaden university networks.

It was also the venue for UM to share with the participating universities how UM-managed Erasmus+ projects were implemented.

MSU-IIT is one of 10 member-universities of the Erasmus+ ANTENA project. In the project, the member-universities are expected to lead and build the capabilities of other PHEIs in internationalization.

Previously, the Erasmus+ ANTENA Project had its first national Roundtable and Coordination Meeting held in Manila on July 15-16, 2019, which was attended by Petalcorin and Chancellor Sukarno D. Tanggol. 

Topics : Erasmus+  ANTENA  ANTENA Consortium  Internationalization  Training

3-day Gender Sensitivity Training for students opens

3-day Gender Sensitivity Training for students opens

by Rex Godinez Ortega, OC

A three-day Gender Sensitivity Training (GST) that seeks to promote gender sensitivity and gender awareness among students kicks off on Wednesday at the amphitheater of the College of Education (CED).

The training, which runs from September 18-20, also tries to define and level-off gender concepts, issues, and perspectives for the CED students.

It is organized by the CED through Asst. Prof. Osuardo Pabatang, Jr. and his research team, and is conducted in coordination with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension.

The GST occurs under a research project headed by Pabatang entitled, Gender Sensitivity Trainings for College Students of MSU-IIT: An Outcome-Based Gender Awareness Enhancement Program.

The speaker for the GST is Prof. Nathalie T. Igot, Supervising Program Specialist and GAD Focal Person of the Commission on Higher Education – Regional Office (CHEDRO) 10, and Certified National Resource Pool Member of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW).

Pre-service teachers given skills boost

Pre-service teachers given skills boost

by Rex Godinez Ortega, OC

IN PREPARATION for their release into the field where they apply, in a controlled environment, what they learned in their own classrooms at the College of Education (CED), education majors are given the training to help prepare them for the next phase in their journey into becoming full-time educators.

The one-day training called Creating Digital Portfolio is held on September 11 at the CED Amphi-theater. It is attended by around 110 pre-service teachers.

These pre-service teachers are the CED students who are enrolled in the college’s student teaching program. 

They are expected to undergo their practicum where they will be placed in selected schools in different locations to practice teach and manage a classroom, under the supervision of a professional teacher.

According to the coordinator of CED’s student teaching program, Prof. Rizalina G. Gomez, the training enhances the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the students to better prepare them for the work to be done in the field.

The training is also aimed at helping the students become digitally-literate and technologically-competent, Gomez adds. 

MSU-IIT, DOST-PCIEERD, and Singapore’s Synopsys train Mindanao universities on IC Design

MSU-IIT, DOST-PCIEERD, and Singapore’s Synopsys train Mindanao universities on IC Design

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To strengthen IC and system design awareness in the academe, the Institute, through the Microelectronics Laboratory of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Technology (DEET) of the College of Engineering and Technology (COET), in coordination with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension, together with the Department of Science and Technology-– Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD), and Singapore’s Synopsys train faculty members of Mindanao universities on IC design.

The colleges and universities which participated in the series of training are Ateneo de Davao University, Holy Cross of Davao College, University of Mindanao, Caraga State University, Surigao State College of Technology, Notre Dame of Marbel University, Notre Dame of Midsayap College, Universidad de Zamboanga, Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines, MSU – General Santos, MSU – Marawi, and MSU-IIT.

According to the report by Engr. Rochelle M. Sabarillo, senior science research specialist of a DOST – PCIEERD project (uC-IC: Design of Microcontroller Integrated with Energy Harvesting and Power Management), Synopsys, the American company that owns and develops the current IC design tool used by the Institute, provided the training’s resource materials including lecture videos, online laboratory exercises, and soft-bound copies of the workshop laboratory guide.

The series of training featured lectures and laboratory exercises on Cloud-Based Synthesis using Design Compiler, providing the participants a clear understanding of the ASIC flow, as well as increase their skills in ASIC design;  IC Compiler Block Level Implementation, which focuses on using the IC compiler to perform placement, clock tree synthesis (CTS), routing, and design-for-manufacturability (DFM) on block-level designs with an existing floorplan; and on the SoC Design Planning Integration, which was conducted exclusively to DEET faculty members and researchers of the µC-IC project.

According to Sabarillo, the third training was to guide the participants on how to perform multi-voltage hierarchical design planning with a mix of black box and synthesized sub-modules, some of which are multiply-instantiated modules (MIMs) and to help them create a multi-voltage power network using Template-based Power Network Synthesis (TPNS) and use Data Flow Analysis (DFA).

Engr. Nicholas Yee Wee Han, a Senior Applications Engineer of Synopsys based in Singapore, conducted the lectures which were followed by laboratory exercises.

During the training, COET’s Prof. Jefferson Hora and Mr. Alvin Chua Yee Meng, Synopsys Marketing representative, underscored the significance of including microelectronics as a specialized field in the academe and how it can contribute to the country’s economic success.

DPE students join disaster preparedness training

DPE students join disaster preparedness training

by J-Roel Semilla

The BPE-SPE students of the Department of Physical Education of the College of Education participated in a series of disaster preparedness activities held last November 12, 14, and 16.

Organized by the SPE 118 class under the advisory of Dr. Cesar T. Miguel, the Institute’s SDO Director, the event aims to prepare the students during disaster and respond to it.

A symposium on “A Disaster Risk Reduction Preparedness Symposium and Training” was conducted at the CED Amphitheater. Jade V. Pondang, guest speaker from the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office delivered a talk to develop the abilities of the students in disaster preparation and response.

The sirens wailed and hundreds of students, faculty, and staff from the different departments of CED moved towards the volleyball court. Suddenly, a bomb exploded  and the search and rescue team retrieved individuals trapped inside and treated their injuries. These scenarios were only part of a simultaneous earthquake, fire, and bomb drill held in the afternoon of the same day. The drill was done in order to put into action what the BPE-SPE studentslearned during the symposium. They were then rated by the speakersbased on their performance in responding, rescuing, and first aid application.

Aside from this, water survival training was conducted on November 14 at Delamar Swimming Pool. The main purpose of the activity was to prepare students on how to respond effectively during emergencies involving water. The necessary knowledge and skills needed to survive in unexpected water incidents were imparted to the students through different rescuing techniques. It also helped the students build their confidence in case they find themselves in a situation where water survival is imperative.

Finally at C3 Road, Brgy. Pugaan, the Paramedic/Emergency Response and Evacuation Drill took place. From the main road, the students went down to the incident area by means of rappelling. First aid application was then given to the patient. Afterwards, they evacuated the area by crossing the river while carrying the patient with their makeshift stretchers. The activity was made possible by the concerted effort between MSU-IIT and Councilor Ian C. Uy – Chairman, Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management of Iligan City.

Before this, basics of rappelling was done at the 4th floor of the College of Engineering and Technology building under the supervision of the Institute’s Emergency Response Team.