National U unveils new logo, launches first Heritage Book

National University marked another milestone after launching the university’s new logo and its very first Heritage Book last Tuesday, October 17 at the newly constructed NU Annex Building.

 

Chairman of the board Hans Sy and NU President Teddy Ocampo led the launching that was well-attended by NU officials, industry partners, alumni,  Jhocson family and friends.

 

The new brand features the school’s colors and a shield which was inspired from the old university logo. The conceptualization and approval of it took around four months and the university commissioned Interbrand to review the NU logo.

 

On the other hand, the Heritage Book, which is through the efforts of some NU stakeholders headed by Dr. Estrellita Gruenberg, compiled the university’s highlights from its establishment in 1900 to present.

 

In his speech, President Teddy Ocampo extended his gratitude to all the stakeholders for taking part in the event and for their contribution in marking the milestone for the university. He emphasized the role of NU founder Don Mariano F. Jhocson and SM patriarch Henry Sy, Sr. in the progress of the institution. “Equally meaningful are two outstanding gentlemen worthy of our accolade. They are two visionaries who knew the importance of education in building lives and building nations. We are truly fortunate that they are our guiding light in this endeavour.” Pres. Ocampo said.

 

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Board Hans Sy in his inspirational message gave a glimpse of the big things to come for National U. “We are already on our 9th year with National University and after painstakingly studying all the aspects of education; we are on the verge of a very ambitious expansion plan.  The name “National” that is attached to this school is quite significant for us and we intend to make it synonymous to “nationwide”.  The synergy between the school and the mall, between NU and the SM has never been clearer as this is where education meets accessibility.” Sy revealed.

National U student represents PH in Asia Pacific Youth Exchange

Never stop learning new things.

This is what the 20-year old National U student Edmar Joseph Flores had in mind when he joined the Asia Pacific Youth Exchange (APYE) program last August 11 to 23, 2017 in Incheon, South Korea.

 

Flores represented the Philippines in the youth leaders training which focused on developing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that can help the communities they are involved in. 

 

It was an experience Flores considers as one for the books as he was able to banner the Philippine flag and work with different nationalities to provide a sustainable social project for Jeonju Hanok Village in Jeonju City, Jeollabukdo Province. Flores worked with three Koreans, a Taiwanese and Vietnamese national to develop “Finding Hanoki” a trash bin which looked like a traditional Korean house.

 

“We did some community assessment, surveys with the local people and interviewed some mentors from the local government. After all the surveys and interviews, we summarized the ideas and came up with the project because we discovered that the problem of the community is that they lack trash bins. The bins look like the traditional house to preserve the culture of the village.” Flores shared. 

 

The Dinalupihan, Bataan-native did not only bring pride to NU but also to the Philippines after presenting the idea and receiving an award of excellence for the project.

 

The 4th year Mathematics major shared that this is a huge accomplishment for National U.

 

“This will serve as a bridge for National U to let students join and explore other things like APYE. National U will not only be known to be good in sports and academics but also a university that produces global youth leaders of the next generation.”  

 

Flores meanwhile does not plan to keep what he learned to himself as he aims to share the new experience to other NU students.

 

“I plan to use this experience by sharing what I learned in APYE, share the importance of SDGs and teach them how to make a change. I want other students to be inspired, to step out of their comfort zones, meet other people and be known globally. Flores ended.

CBA studes grab 4th RU spot in 2017 MonsoonSIM Enterprise Resource Planning Competition grand finals

Right strategies and right decision making led the National University students to the grand finals of the MonsoonSIM Enterprise Resource Planning Competition held last October 7-8, 2017 in Kasetsart Business School, Kasetsart University in Bangkok Thailand.

 

Team JunnyMoto, who represented the Philippines after finishing at the top spot in the national competition held at NU last September, competed against eleven other teams, one from the Philippines (Team Capitalists also from National U), two each from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and four from Thailand.

 

The competition aimed to encourage students to learn about Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) via gamification and to incubate future ERP talents.

 

Through the fun and interactive cloud-based Monsoon Simulation (MonsoonSIM) platform, students experienced managing virtual companies in real time and learned how different business modules are interlinked. Teams are tasked to run a successful virtual enterprise as they apply the right business strategies and solve problems that are similar to real-life situations.

 

Teams were judged based on its strategy and implementation, understanding of the market competitions, adaptation to changes and challenges and teamwork and went head-to-head in the semi-finals round.

 

Six teams entered the finals including Garuda and TMNT of Universitas Budi Luhur from Indonesia, FabuliciousFive, Chevere and YOLO from Kasetsart U in Thailand and National University’s Junny Moto.

 

Team PH successfully secured the 4th runner up spot. This is the second straight year National U represented the Philippines in the said competition.

NU grads top August 2017 Sanitary Engineer board exam

 

The National University achieved another significant feat after topping the August 2017 Sanitary Engineer board exam.

In the results released by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC), two NU bets garnered the highest scores to finish in the top two spots.

Paulo Vincent Juan Jose grabbed the number one spot with a score of 82.75% while John Ray Abaquita Labandero placed second with a score of 82.31%.

National U also registered a 65% passing rate on this edition, higher than the 51% national passing rate set by the PRC.

According to Sanitary Engineering program chair Engr. Alan Alzona, the college is very happy with this recent accomplishment.

“It is very fulfilling on our part because the program is delivering satisfactory results which means that the curriculum content is right and aligned to what the industry needs.”

Dean Alexa Ray Fernando shared, “Producing top notchers and board passers mean producing the best industry-ready graduates. We are integrating more curricular activities in the curriculum, which give our students more exposure to the real world. We are also investing on state-of-the-art laboratories which allow our students to use industry equipment and software to complement classroom learnings, thus equipping them better not just for the board exam but also for industry practice.

NU College of Engineering goes international; sets up ties with three Thai universities

Aiming to bring the quality of program offerings to the next level, the National University-College of Engineering took a huge leap after setting up ties with three universities in Thailand.

National U is currently gearing towards internationalization and this benchmarking activity and partnership with Thai universities aims to take the university to its goal.

The National U delegation led by CoE Dean Alexa Ray Fernando, together with CE and SE program chair Engr. Allan Alzona, EE and CE program chair Engr. Jonrey Ranada, Electrical Engineering Program Chair Engr. Rogelio Aniez Jr., Ria Liza Canlas the school’s Asst. Director for Research and Innovation Office and QMO Director Arlene Trillanes, flew to Thailand last June 1-7 to seal the deal with Sripatum University, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi and Bangkok University.

Among the mutual benefits the university and its partners agreed with are research collaboration, student and faculty exchange programs, internship programs for the students and conducting of industrial visit in university industry partners. “We actually chose the top engineering universities in Thailand. The primary objective is to be recognized internationally in teaching and research. By benchmarking, we learn how to be at par or even become better than the universities in our neighboring countries as we adopt or enhance on their best practices in the delivery of quality higher education.” Fernando shared.

Fernando also said that the college aims to visit and set up partnership with other universities within and beyond ASEAN region.

National U already signed a memorandum of agreement with Sripatum University and is looking to send two faculty members for the faculty exchange program which is targeted to happen in January 2018.

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