In its efforts to continuously thrive in a world of increasing diversity and connectivity, the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) holds its 2019 General Assembly, bannered by the theme, “Gearing Philippine SUCs for Industry 4.0 through Innovations and Sustainable Partnerships,” on July 17-19 at the SMX Convention Center Manila.
His Excellency Sung Y. Kim, US Ambassador to the Philippines, headlines the set of speakers and resource persons, which include Dr. J. Prospero De Vera III, Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education, and Senators Pia Cayetano and Sherwin Gatchalian.
According to PASUC President Dr. Tirso Ronquillo, this year’s General Assembly
"focuses on the now and on the future, emphasizing the need for SUCs to innovate and capacitate themselves to be able to participate in the new industrial revolution".
This year’s event highlights a plenary session on SUCs in the context of the Filipinnovation Roadmap, with Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevara of DOST, Dr. Rafaelita Aldaba of DTI, and Dr. Richard Abendan of USAID-STRIDE serving as resource persons.
The 2019 assembly also features pioneering initiatives for the association, such as the PASUC-Singapore Polytechnic Innovation Program Partnership, and the launching of the PASUC website.
It also includes sessions on Industry 4.0 and the PASUC Roadmap on the Platform for Innovating SUCs for Industry 4.0 (PISI) strands, with Dr. Napoleon Juanillo of STRIDE Program and Dr. Tirso Ronquillo as speakers.
Mr. Andrew Tan of Singapore Polytechnic International, Dr. Lucila Bance of the University of Sto. Tomas, Dr. Francisco Napalit of Holy Angel University, and Dr. Gonzalo Serafica of the STRIDE Program serve as resource persons for the session on Industry-facing SUCs.
Updates on the NBC No. 461 Cycle 7, Revised Organizational Structure and Staffing Standards for SUCs (ROSSS), and the RA 10931 implementation are the agenda for the third day, with Dr. Ronquillo, Atty. Carmelita Yadao-Sison of UniFAST , and Dir. Luisa Valencia of CHED-IQAG facilitating the sessions.
Dr. Ronquillo reiterates that, “PASUC continues to push for mutual cooperation, strategic partnerships, and creative collaborations with industries, government agencies, professional organizations, and other academic institutions that would allow SUCs to position their respective institutions at their niche areas to be able to contribute to regional development and national competitiveness.”