The Mindanao University of Science and Technology (formerly Mindanao Polytechnic State College), the only state university in Cagayan de Oro, celebrated its first anniversary as a university last February 3-5 2010.

The event’s theme was based on the university’s core values: moral uprightness, unselfish dedication, social responsibility, and total quality management.

Dr. Ricardo E. Rotoras, in his welcome remarks during the opening ceremonies, talked about the directions that the MUST will pursue in the next three (3) to five (5) years.

He said, that as a state university, the MUST is called to fill the market gap in terms of providing the required human capital for development. He also said that, in order to ensure attainment of its vision to be among the country’s leading providers of scientific and technological knowledge and skills, the MUST has to succeed in its current endeavors.

Despite being SUC level IV awardee (the highest recognition accorded to a state college or university), the MUST is not sitting on its laurels. It targets to become center of development for its mandated programs: electrical engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering and information technology and center of excellence in applied mathematics.

Dr. Rotoras also mentioned that it will be investing around P800 million for massive infrastructure development.

CHED Commissioner and Chair of the MUST Board of Regents, Dr. William C. Medrano, who also delivered an inspirational talk in the opening program, commended the MUST for its vision-focused 2010-2015 Strategic Plan.

He said that with the university’s deliberate efforts in pursuing excellence in instruction, research, and extension, equipping itself with the necessary infrastructure, and improving service delivery to its clientele, it can potentially be among the top universities in the world.

Still on the first day of the celebration, the university inaugurated its new four-storey Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and three-storey Administration Buildings, which showcase modern architecture.

Dr. Rotoras and Dr. Medrano, assisted by Engr. Zarah Lynn A. Rotoras, led the groundbreaking ceremonies for the P134.6 million Science Complex that will soon rise beside the old Science Building.

Cultural and academic exhibits set up at the ICT and LRC Buildings enhanced the awareness and appreciation of the students of the Filipino heritage and the university’s various achievements. The academic competitions, concerts, and dance/fashion shows, and plays displayed the diverse talents of the students and faculty.

The Night with the Alumni, held on the last day, brought in more than 300 alumni based here and outside of the country.

Dr. Rotoras encouraged their participation not only in the governance of the university, but also in building a culture of “giving-back” to their Alma Mater. He challenged them to give their pledges for an alumni-sponsored scholarship fund for poor but deserving MUST students.

The celebration capped off with a colorful fireworks display. (MUST)

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