TO IMPROVE the faculty profile, newly appointed College of Science Dean Fortunato Sevilla III started implementing last month “Zero B.S. by 2004,” a program that will require the College’s faculty to have at least a master’s degree.

According to Sevilla, who is also the assistant to the rector for office of research, the program is a continuation of the former dean’s projects and part of the Rector’s goal on faculty qualification and improve-ment.

“By the year 2004, 100 percent of the faculty members of this College should have doctorate or masteral degrees. Any college will not improve if the faculty does not improve,” Sevilla said.

After a thorough study, Sevilla is pleased with the College’s current state. But he said things could still be improved.

“We will attempt to offer a five-year BS-MS package possibly for Chemistry and Psychology students, by 2004. The rest can catch up,” he said.

In addition, Sevilla said there will be more collaboration with the research department. He observed that the research is one of the College’s weaknesses.

He is also bent on propagating the computer culture of the College. Sevilla plans to make technological advancements by next school year starting with the information dissemination within the College and electronic learning.

“All of these are in accordance with Father Lana’s plans for 2011. Alalay lang and everything will fall into place,” Sevilla said.

Sevilla finished B.S. Chemistry in UST in 1968 and completed his master’s and doctorate degrees in Instrumentation and Analytical Science at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

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He became a post-doctoral research assistant in the optical research unit of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology from December 1986 to June 1987. He served as director for UST’s Research Center for the Natural Sciences from 1987 to 2000. Sevilla has been a faculty member of UST’s Department of Sciences since 1969.

Meanwhile, after five years as the College’s dean, Prof. Gloria Bernas will now be the assistant to the rector for research and development, starting next semester. Elka Krystle R. Requinta

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