Last August 4, 2010, over 200 students, deans, and faculty of different schools in the field of criminology were in attendance at Cagayan de Oro College-PHINMA (COC-PHINMA) to participate in an exclusive event, in cooperation with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), with experts in the field of domestic violence and justice practices from the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University (MSU), USA.

The 3-hour symposium on “Domestic Violence and Justice Practices” tackled on issues in domestic violence and the comparative perspectives on crime and justice practices in the country and internationally.

The School of Criminal Justice, MSU, USA, is the nation’s oldest continuous degree-granting program in criminal justice, and COC-PHINMA’s College of Criminology has collaborated and partnered with the leading criminology school for research development.

Dr. Gerry J. Caño, has been the Dean of Criminology at COC-PHINMA since 2008, and has consistently produced top notchers in the Criminology board exams for the past two years since he began. Due to his dedication for quality education and finding innovative teaching tools and techniques relevant to our ever-changing society, Dr. Caño has made COC-PHINMA the number one school nationwide in criminology.

In his quest to aim higher, Dr. Caño or “Dean Gerry” as how he is called in campus, states, “We, as COC-PHINMA Criminology, would like to draw the future of criminology and criminal justice education in the country, which is not primarily anchored on board exams only, but as well as inculcate a research attitude, and produce out-puts and papers that are globally competitive.”

With this, he sought the likes of Dr. Sheila R. Maxwell, a native of Cagayan de Oro City, born in Pinikitan, Camanman-an, who is a social scientist and one of the leading and most admired professors in Criminology and Criminal Justice in the universities in the United States. Dr. Sheila Maxwell has been doing research in the field of criminology and criminal justice in the U.S. and in Asian countries, and was also a significant contributor to the passage of Juvenile Justice Law in the Philippines with the research she conducted on delinquency and child abuse.

Alongside her in the symposium was her husband and colleague at MSU, Dr. Christopher D. Maxwell, a renowned researcher in the field of domestic violence at MSU. Dr. Maxwell has conducted an extensive study on domestic violence not only in the U.S. but also in China, Turkey, and other Asian countries, and has received almost 5 million dollars in research grants from the U.S. government on domestic violence, which, most of his findings were used as basis in the policy formulation in the U.S. Congress.

In collaborating with COC-PHINMA in this symposium and as Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Christopher Maxwell can now represent COC-PHINMA’s College of Criminology better in research grants and provide scholarships for its faculty and students in the Undergraduate and Graduate programs and place them competitively at the forefront of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the local and international level.

With two leading forces in the field of Criminology from two parts of the globe, forging a partnership and creating international linkages, the COC-PHINMA College of Criminology and the School of Criminal Justice create a stronger bond to produce academic excellence that bring forth a new hope, a brighter future, and a success that is truly within reach.

from Business Week Mindanao

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