2 Panay Island HEIs benchmark at TAU
Text by Mr. Jerome L. Duque
Photo by Mr. Jayson J. Elenzano
Delegates from two of Panay Island’s leading higher education institutions (HEIs), Aklan State University (ASU) and Central Philippine University (CPU), visited Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU) and engaged in interdepartmental consultations with TAU officials representing some of the university's strategic offices on June 2.
After highlighting TAU’s banner commodities, Dr. Max P. Guillermo, TAU President, welcomed the university’s guests and encouraged them to help TAU in realizing its institutional vision and mission. “Please go around to see our projects if you have time and kindly whisper to us your suggestions to help us improve what we are doing here,” Dr. Guillermo remarked.
The Benchmarking and Partnership Development meeting, held at TAU’s AgriTourism Function Hall, involved discussions on best practices and collaboration prospects. Dr. Christine N. Ferrer, Director of External Linkages and International Affairs (ELIA), presented TAU’s achievements in internationalization and rankings. “We value our joint ventures with local and global partners as they bring us closer to achieving our targets,” Dr. Ferrer said.
In addition, Dr. Marianne P. Villaruel, Director of Gender and Development Office, Dr. Maria Elena T. Caguioa, Director of Research and Development, and Dr. Yolanda S. Guillermo, Director of Extension and Training introduced the university’s mandates and milestones in gender integration and mainstreaming, technology and innovation, and community empowerment and advocacy, respectively. Dr. Manuel S. Malonisio, ASU’s Director of International Affairs, and Dr. Anna May Y. Zerrudo, CPU’s Acting Director of Quality Assurance Center, also familiarized their host with their respective university’s profiles and advancements.
Said session was also attended by Dr. Ma Asuncion G. Beltran, Vice President for Research, Extension, and Training, Dr. Noel J. Petero, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Dr. Danilo N. Oficiar, Vice President for Student Affairs and Services, Dr. Arlene V. Tomas, Officer-in-Charge for the Office of Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Geraldin B. Dela Cruz, Director of Quality Assurance, and Dr. Sheila R. Lingaya, Assistant Director of ELIA. In the afternoon, the ASU and CPU representatives conferred with their counterparts from TAU. They were oriented and given the opportunity to access documents and see exhibits from TAU’s key units and centers.
Considered the oldest agricultural school in the province of Aklan, ASU shares similar directives with TAU. Meanwhile, CPU, established by the Philippine Baptist Mission in 1905, was awarded by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) the Center of Development in some of its engineering programs and teacher education and the Center of Excellence in agriculture and business. Both universities plan to submit data to different rankings publications, especially Times Higher Education IMPACT Rankings and World Universities with Real Impact (WURI) where TAU has been listed as one of the world’s most sustainable HEIs.