Further Strengthening Research called for in the 109th CvSU Foundation Celebration
With the theme, “Building and Promoting Research towards a Global Research University”, the university-wide 109th Foundation Day celebration kicked off at around 7:15a.m. on a cold and bright morning of March 03 with a wreath-laying and tribute before the monument of Don Severino delas Alas. Dr. Divinia C. Chavez, University President together with the Administrative Council and representatives of the delas Alas clan, as guests of honor, graced the tribute. This was followed by a Thanksgiving Service at 8:30a.m. with Pastor Joselito Dinglasan, Pastor Rogelio Panganiban, Rev. Daniel Francisco and Rev. Fr. Hector Arellano leading prayers for the church, government, community, the poor, needy and sick, and the university.
Meanwhile, Dr. Napoleon K. Juanillo, Jr., CHED Director, Office of Planning, Research and Knowledge Management served as guest speaker in the recognition program. In his lecture, he challenged CvSU to join the other ASEAN higher education institutions in the “war” for research considering that Vietnam and Laos had already overtaken the Philippines in terms of research performance. He reminded the value of publishing research work and bringing research outputs to those who need it most through relevant extension activities. He particularly emphasized that CvSU should seriously consider the impact of its research and strategically identify its research niche. Likewise, he stressed the value of working collaboratively across disciplines. Noting the value of research, as that pillar of education that generates and advances knowledge and with education as a whole being an effective means for social mobility and a way to improve the country’s competitive index and drive economic progress, he challenged CvSU to further strengthen its research program, and define its road map in the competition for innovation and development.
The university also recognized the service awardees, retirees and those with Institute for Scientific Information (ISI)-publications. A student research symposium through a poster competition, socio-cultural activities for students and singing competition for faculty and staff were also held in the afternoon.
The theme for this year’s foundation day celebration is Building and Promoting Research towards a Global Research University. (HDMatel)