Thursday, August 24, 2017

Tag: No. 7

No job cuts despite K to 12—Rector

UNLIKE other schools that have begun retrenching regular staff, UST will retain nearly 1,200 tenured faculty despite the full implementation of the K to 12 basic education reform that will cut college enrollment next academic year, Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. said.

“As far as the tenured faculty of the University, we will have no displacement at all. According to Dr. [Pilar] Romero (Senior High School principal), we are now in the hiring mode, meaning to say, we need more faculty,” Fr. Dagohoy said in a chance interview.

The impact will be on non-tenured faculty, which should not really be an issue because they don’t have regular employment status in UST and may even be employed regularly elsewhere, University officials said.

Pontifical University to lead Dominican schools under integration plan

ONE RECTOR for all campuses.

UST will soon oversee other schools run by the Dominican Order in the Philippines under an integration plan to be crafted this year.

Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. said University officials were working on the final arrangements to merge with other Dominican schools and build satellite campuses, to extend Thomasian education beyond the Sampaloc campus.

Fr. Dagohoy said the proposed integration “would mean there would be only one rector but different boards of trustees.”

UST eyes ‘vertically articulated’ undergrad, grad programs, in shift to global practice

UST IS studying a shift to a “vertical articulation” system that will place undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs in the same field under the different colleges and faculties instead of the Graduate School, officials said.

Vertical articulation—the norm in other top universities like UP, Ateneo de Manila and De La Salle as well as overseas—will likely begin with programs declared as Centers of Excellence (COE) or Centers of Development (COD) by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd).

But the new scheme will not lead to the abolition of the 78-year-old Graduate School, Dean Marilu Madrunio told the Varsitarian.

Asignaturang robotics, ilulunsad sa Engineering

BILANG tugon sa mabilis na pagsulong ng teknolohiya, nakatakdang maglunsad ang Faculty of Engineering ng elective subject na tumatalakay sa “robotic integration” para sa Akademikong Taon 2016-2017.

Ayon kay Asst. Prof. Nelson Pasamonte, katuwang na dekano ng fakultad, matagal na itong balak ipatupad dahil isa ang robotics sa mga pangangailangan ng industriya ng inhinyeriya ngayon.

“[Kailangan nating] magkaroon ng competitive edge,” ani Pasamonte.

Mga mag-aaral na nasa ika-apat at ika-limang taon mula sa departamento ng electronics and communication engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering at industrial engineering ang unang sasabak sa bagong asignaturang ito.

Universities hit for doubling profits

A YOUTH partylist group seeking reelection in the May polls has hit UST and five other private universities for “almost doubling” their profits and tuition collections over the past five years of tuition increases.

In a forum on tuition and other school fees convened by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Higher and Technical Education last Feb. 3, outgoing Kabataan Partylist Rep. Terry Ridon and first nominee Sarah Elago presented a report on the finances of six universities using data from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Data presented in the House forum however showed that not all of the universities doubled their tuition collections and net profits or net revenues.

Researchers cited for published works from 2012 to 2014

UST RESEARCHERS got awards for publications covering the years 2012 to 2014 in the annual Research Recognition Awards last Feb. 19, at the Fr. Buenaventura G. Paredes, O.P., Building.

The ceremony closed the University’s 2016 Research Fortnight. A total of 30 Gold Series awards, 18 Silver Series awards, and 41 International Publication awards were bestowed upon faculty members.

The awardees were (names marked with * were also given International Publication Awards):

From the Faculty of Arts and Letters: Jove Jim Aguas, Joyce Arriola and Marciana Ponsaran (Gold Series); Fleurdeliz Altez-Albela, Clarence Batan, Paolo Bolaños and Jeremaiah Opiniano (Silver Series).

With social sciences lagging, research center to be split into two

THE UST Research Center on Culture, Education and Social Issues (RCCESI) may soon be split into two centers, reversing a rationalization scheme that abolished various research centers in the previous decade.

The two centers will be: the Research Center on Culture, Arts, and the Humanities, which will cover Philosophy, Literary and Cultural Studies, Communication, and Architectural Studies; and the Research Center on Social Sciences and Education, which will focus on Economics, Business and Finance, Language, Education and Leadership, Psychology, and Contemporary Social Issues Studies.

RCCESI Director Clarence Batan said the move was urgent, as the entire country had been lagging behind in terms of research development.

18 master’s programs get Level IV accreditation

EIGHTEEN master’s programs of the UST Graduate School have officially been granted the highest level of recognition by an accreditation body for private higher educational institutions.

The Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (Pacucoa) gave Level IV accreditation to 13 Master of Arts (MA) programs and five Masters of Science (MS) programs, UST said on its Facebook page on Feb. 8.

The Level IV MA programs are Development Studies, Economics, Education, Educational Management and Leadership, English Language Studies, Guidance and Counseling, History, Hospital Administration, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology and Public Administration.

DepEd, CHEd get failing grade

WITH the implementation of the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 or the K to 12 next school year, higher education institution (HEI) workers face retrenchment and an uncertain future.

With K to 12, students will now have to undergo kindergarten and 12 years of basic education (six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School and two years of Senior High School [SHS]), before qualifying for higher education.

Should bad memories be erased?

PSYCHOLOGISTS say the best thing the human mind can do is to forget.

Naturally, forgetting makes a person live a normal life. It gives balance to the mind by retaining only essential information and significant memories that one needs for survival.

In recent years, scientists have ventured into studying and discovering the possibility of selectively removing memories in the hope of curing potential patients suffering from psychiatric and psychological disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorder, severe depression and anxiety.

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