Prof. Cenie M. Vilela-Malabanan, of the School of Computer Studies (SCS) has returned to the Institute after finishing her Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Business Information Systems which was awarded by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) in Melbourne, Australia.
Her return has strengthened the faculty force of SCS considering that Information Systems is a priority area of the Commission of Higher Education (CHED) in response to the needs of the industries.
Vilela-Malabanan is the first Ph.D. graduate in the field of Information Systems of the MSU System. She was awarded the Faculty Development Program (FDP) study grant from the Institute, as well as scholarships from the Australian Postgraduate Awards-Industry-IT, and the RMIT College of Business for her doctoral studies. Her two previous postgraduate studies were also undertaken in Australian universities. She had her Graduate Diploma in Commerce major in Business Information Systems from the University of Wollongong in New South Wales on AIDAB-Merit scholarship. Likewise, she received her Master of Information Technology degree from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Queensland through the Australian Development Scholarship (AusAid) grant.
Upon her return, Vilela-Malabanan has been reinstated as a full-time faculty member of the Department of Information Technology and appointed as the Director of the Center for eLearning (MICeL).
With this boost in its faculty roster, SCS looks forward to enhancing its current curricular programs, as well as in developing its doctoral program related to information systems and information technology.