AS THE PHILIPPINES enthroned a new head of state last June, Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University-South La Union Campus (DMMMSU-SLUC) also witnessed the instalment of a new chancellor.
Dr. Floribeth P. Cuison, former dean of the College of Computer Science (CCS), was appointed by University President Benjamin P. Sapitula in Memorandum dated May 17 designating university and campus officials for June 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018.
In an interview with the College Forum, Cuison was asked on how her administration would deliver service to the studentry and said, “You are our clients and you deserve the best.”
She assumed the position after the retirement of Dr. Inocencio D. Mangaoang Jr., former chancellor of the campus.
“We’re going to have a planning and strategic conference this coming July”, said Dr. Cuison, explaining that she needs to know the plans of the different department heads.
Dr. Cuison “plans to sustain excellence” when asked about her plans for the campus.
“Kung ano ang naumpisahan ni Sir Mangaoang, iyon ang itutuloy natin (We will continue what Sir Mangaoang had started.).”
She stressed that the vision for excellence should be sustained.
“We need to push through with our internationalization [through] collaboration with different universities in Asia.” stated Dr. Cuison.
Although there are already existing linkages internationally as far as Europe and United States, Cuison emphasized that “our target is to penetrate Asia.”
She said that they would have a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing on July 13 in Thailand with five different universities.
Aside from Thailand, Cuison was hopeful that before the year ends, they could go to Malaysia and Vietnam to further establish connections with other educational institutions.
“Kasi I think iyon ang kulang sa atin, ‘yung exposure sa abroad (I think what we lack is our exposure abroad).” she reiterated.
She expressed her desire to empower students through experiencing “the other side of the Philippines.”
“How could you imagine yourselves going to Thailand for OJT instead of going to different schools here?”, Cuison said, showing optimism with the possibility of On-the Job traings (OJT) abroad.
“Malay niyo pwede kayong pumunta doon. It’s possible (Who knows you could go there too. It’s possible).” she added
On the other hand, she also mentioned that SLUC has already opened its doors to other universities abroad.
Recently, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), specifically the Languages Department, hosted a three-week long international language and communication training program for Thai teachers.
“Some of the students from other countries would come here. Actually, meron na. Naumpisahan na natin. Kailangan lang ng ‘push’ para iyong mga ibang disciplines [maka-participate rin]. (Actually, there is. We already have started. We just need some ’push’ so that other disciplines could also participate).”
“It is our duty to empower students. You are our clients. So as much as possible dapat hindi masayang iyong tuition fee ninyo (So as much as possible your tuition fee should not be wasted).”
“Hindi ko naman masasabi na [iyon ay] corruption pero iyong funds kasi minsan napupunta sa personal interest. Kahit nga ibang org ganun din. Ang uunahin nila sarili nila (I could not say that is corruption but sometimes funds were spent for personal interests. Same as through with other organizations. They will prioritize themselves).”
Consequently, she mentioned that she advised the Campus Student Body Organization (CSBO) to have a schedule in the SAS building regarding the Wi-Fi connectivity. She also said that all students should have an account in the CSBO to be able to access the internet.
“Dapat sa Wi-Fi pa lang, doon sa internet connectivity, hindi lang sila ang nakikinabang (They should not be the only ones benefitting from the internet connectivity).”
Cuison underscored that those are the “little things” unseen before.
Meanwhile, she bared her plan to have a “learning center” in the SAS Building which will cater to the technological needs of the students.
“Iyong learning center parang iyong Google [center] na kahit saan pwede kang umupo. Pero napaka-diverse ng learning experiences nila (The learning center should look like a Google center that you can sit everywhere. But their learning experiences are very diverse).”
She also wanted that educational films would be played in that learning center.
“Hindi lang iyong pupunta doon tano agtambay, ag-internet, ag-facebook (The students should not just go there to loiter, to surf and to facebook) ” she added.
Cuison was also hopeful that the library would also look like the learning center she planned to have.
Lastly, the new chancellor talked about her visits in other universities and optimistically said that “If they can do that, bakit hindi natin magagawa iyon? (why can’t we do it too?)”
ǀ Article by Jericho E. Padilla and Catherine B. Paz