THE barely two-year old Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) amazed Commission on Higher Education (Ched) commissioners gracing the opening of its Must Days 2011 celebrated February 9 to 12 this year. In her privilege speech, Ched Commissioner for Mindanao Hadja Luningning Misuarez-Umar, also incoming chair for the Board of Regents of Must, traced the history of the young university and expressed awe in its phenomenal rise vis-à-vis the higher education system perpetrating in the country.

She attributed MUST’s success to the able leadership of William Medrano, outgoing Board of Regents chair, and Dr. Ricardo Rotoras, incumbent president of the university. Not missed in her acknowledgment of contributions were the efforts of other Board of Regents members and the university’s administration, faculty, staff and students in making the university reach another milestone. Among the achievements she emphasized were the 100 percent passing performance of its mechanical engineering in Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) examinations and the top ten performers of its electronics and communication engineering and electrical engineering.

Medrano, on the other hand, reported that in a span of only one year, the university has done greatly. As SUC IV-the highest recognition accorded to a state university or college, it manifested quality education through its strong staff and student development programs, high employability of its graduates, infrastructure development, innovations and research outputs, among others. Truly, he said, the university has contributed new knowledge and technology for the poor. Its cooperation, unity, stability, hard work and teamwork embedded in its university culture made its significant contributions possible. After the motorcade from Cagayan de Oro’s Divisoria at 7 a.m. last Wednesday, the university community had its thanksgiving rites and opening ceremonies in the grounds of its newest building, the five-storey science complex.

Aleem Aliasa Alinog of the Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA) and Pastor Giovanni Fancubit, youth pastor of the Blessed Hope Christian Community Church International led the ecumenical thanksgiving celebration. Immediately after the opening program, Rotoras, the Ched guests, and entourage then toured the various exhibits before the guests met with the other university personnel were in a luncheon meeting. Other festive events that already happened were the debate exhibition, Duo-Tones – Sanghimig Choral and Aquinas University Choral Mini-Concert, Search for the University Next Top Model, physics festival, lecture series, commercial fair, arts and culture month festival and a painting exhibit of two of its alumni, Michael Bacol and Errol Balcos.

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