National U marks new milestone; celebrates 117th founding anniversary

The National University successfully celebrated its 117th founding anniversary from July 31 to August 5 at the National U premises.

Dubbed as “Limitless @ 117; Defying Limits, Expanding Horizons”, the one-week event showcased and acknowledged the talents of the students, professors and the employees of the university.

The week-long celebration kicked-off last July 31 with the Arch Parade which was followed by the debate eliminations, opening of the exhibits to launch the University Week, Bulldogs Hunt in the afternoon and Battle of the Bands in the evening.

The NU Service and OVAL Awards 2017 held last August 1 at NU Social Hall served as one of the highlights of the anniversary celebration.

The university recognized the employees who have rendered years of dedicated service for the school. Five years’ service awardees include Cindie Almeda (CEAS), Engr. Allan Alzona (CEng), Ria Cristina Argonza (CEAS), Jan Felix Ayonayon (CEng), Walter Jerom Cabale (CAH), Sergio Canaria (Campus Mngmt), Santa Reina Cruz (Accounting), Godhiel De Pedro (CAH), Arnel Diego (CEAS), Renato Garduque (Security Office), Joel Gonzales (Registrar), Diana Lumogdang (Learning Resource Center), Ma. Lourdes Olegario (CEAS), Engr. Jonrey Ranada (CEng), Arlene Trillanes (QMO) and Ma. Honey Belle Vicencio (Guidance Services).

College of Allied Health Dean Dr. Leonora Concepcion was acknowledged as the lone ten years’ service awardee, while fifteen years in service are Dr. Modesta Adolfo of Health Services and Helinor Medina from CBA. Twenty years in service is Ma. Teresa Montemayor (Registrar), twenty five years in service is Rosauro Ducay of Campus Management and thirty years’ service awardees are Gerardo Aducal (Physical Facilities) and Robert Lamata (CDent). Elisa Manuel of Purchasing Office was recognized for her thirty five years’ of service in the university.

Aside from the service awards, the management also chose the OVAL awardees or the employees who embody the outstanding values of the school. Elisa Manuel was awarded for “Integrity”, “Compassion” award was given to Engr. Ambrosio Enriquez, while “Industry” award was given to Yehlen Abenoja and Sylvia Longno was recognized for “Resilience”.

In his speech, President Teddy Ocampo thanked all the employees and students for their concern and continued support for the school. He also shared the university’s developments, from National U Sports Academy in Laguna to the planned expansion in Fairview Quezon City and Baliuag Bulacan.

National U-College of Engineering inks ties with DENSO Techno Philippines

To fully equip College of Engineering’s faculty members and students, National U formally inked ties with DENSO Techno Philippines, last March 20, 2017 at the DENSO office in Makati City.

According to Engineering Dean Alexa Ray Fernando, the partnership, which is good for one year, is due to the intention of making National U students and graduates qualified to take positions in the field of electronics and computer engineering.

DENSO TECHNO, according to the company website, is part of DENSO Group of Companies, a Japanese-owned company that is chiefly responsible for handling the process from specification development to mass production for the development and design of mass-produced products for customers. This involves a wide range of technical fields covering software design, electronic circuit design, and equipment design. They are also the leaders in production of electronic devices, in the side of embedded systems and C programming.

“The nature of partnership is faculty-industry immersion, possible recruitment for our graduates, curriculum revision and some other activities like conducting seminars and workshops.” Dean Fernando said.

One of the major activities is the April to May 2017 faculty industry immersion wherein Electronics department professor Engineer Joy Carpio and Computer department professor Engineer Rafael Ventura qualified as immersionists. “The main purpose of their immersion is to learn (from DENSO) what current technology is needed in the industry and to benchmark their engineering practices. Hopefully, they will be able to apply these to our programs.” Fernando added.

Fernando also shared that DENSO is partnering with different universities, and they chose to associate with NU this year because they were impressed by a number of NU alumni working for them.

The MOA signing was attended by the top management both from DENSO and National U.

National U shines in two national engineering quiz bees

The National University College of Engineering proved to be dominant once again, after topping in two national engineering competitions held just this month. 

 National U’s 5th year CE stude Franz D. Santos bested 60 teams to bring home the top prize in the 7th ASEP StructWhiz Challenge held at De La Salle University last March 10, 2017. 

The competition which was organized by the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines (ASEP) is a quiz bee for civil engineering students that tackled areas such as Structural Engineering starting from Engineering Mechanics, Structural Theory and Design and provisions from the National Structural Code of the Philippines. 

According to COE Dean Alexa Ray Fernando, this win is a huge one for the university. 

“After getting the championship in this competition, I can really say that our civil engineering program is really good because structural engineering is one of the main fields of civil engineering and we bested more than 50 schools, this is nationwide and all of the top universities with civil engineering programs joined here.” Dean Fernando said. 

 On the other hand, last March 4, National U also placed in the top three of TransWhiz 2017 which was held at Mapua Institute of Technology. 

Hosted by MIT, Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies and Transportation Science Society of the Philippines, TransWhiz 2017 covered the different areas of Transportation Engineering like surveying, highway engineering, traffic and transportation engineering, traffic impact assessment, pavement engineering, railroad engineering and ports, harbour and airport engineering. 

The NU team composed of Franz D. Santos, 4th year CE studes Laurence Lenon and John Christian Loplop got the third place in the competition to prevail over nine other teams. 

 Santos, who joined both competitions, shared his experience from these quiz shows. 

“I think the most significant learning I have gained is developing sportsmanship and learning to interact with quizzers from other schools even in the midst of the battle. Also, I think that these competitions taught me to be humble at all times and to always be thankful whatever the results may be.” Santos shared. 

 Santos who placed first in StructWhiz took home P20,000 as cash prize, one National Structural Code of the Philippines (NSCP) 2015 book, free review and refresher at Review Innovations and a trophy while at TransWhiz 2017, the NU team received medals, cash prize and a plaque of recognition for the university. 

NU College of Architecture holds 2nd HALIGI event

The National University College of Architecture conducted HALIGI: Ikalawang Yugto “Schools for Tomorrow”, an architectural event for the benefit of its Architecture students. 

The two-day event featured an architectural forum at SM MOA Annex Theatre in Pasay City last March 16 and a Design Competition held in National U premises on March 17. 

 College of Architecture Dean Chona Ponce shared the main objective of the HALIGI event which is now on its second year. 

“HALIGI aims to widen the perspective of the students through seminars conducted by some of the top names in the architecture industry. The objective of the Forum is to expose the students to the current trends and game changers in the field of education.” 

 

Invited to speak in the architectural event are some of the most successful architects in the country such as Arch. Richard Garcia of Vision Arch who discussed “Life Centric Architecture”, Rchitects, Inc.’s Principal Architect, Arch. Jose Pedro Recio, who tackled “Arch4Ed” and last year’s keynote speaker and the Principal Architect of Archion Architects, Arch. Dan Lichauco who went to discuss “Campus Design; Special Places of Learning”. 

Third year Architecture student Josette Bragat who was present in both HALIGI forums shared what she learned from this year’s symposium. 

“I learned to recognize that the future need changes but, as much as possible, should be achievable through adaptive reuse. I also learned that we should always think of the occupant’s comfort in designing a project.” Bragat stated. 

 

The second day highlighted the student design competition which was opened to NU architecture students. The competition calls for a design of a prototype of “Schools for Tomorrow”, where the students were tasked to do an extension of the university that offers in-demand programs with a hypothetical lot that measures a square lot and a length of 100 meters on each side plus a population of 3,000 students. The students’ works were judged by Arch. Jessie Ling and Arch. Richard Garcia using these criteria: Function and Flexibility (25%), Innovation and Creativity (25%), Sustainability (20%), Safety and Security (15%) and Visual and Aesthetics (15%). 

Fourteen teams joined the contest where in fifth year students Dar Yiel Reyes and Micah Mesias won the first prize to take home P5,000 cash. 

 

The two-day event was organized by NU College of Architecture and Arts in partnership with SM Prime and Boysen Paints. 

National U IT students win big in Global Youth Summit 2017

The National University Information Technology students once again brought pride to the school after bagging one of the top prizes in the recently concluded Global Youth Summit 2017(GYS 2017) held at the Mall of Asia Arena last March 3, 2017.

Team No Sleep composed of 3rd year IT students Margarette Toledo, Johannah Sarvida, Daniel Carl Mitamura and Bill Kevin Patilen, are the brains behind SakunAPP, which was chosen as the best entry in the Climate Action category.

The SakunAPP is an android based mobile app that monitors the safety status of the members of the community and provides guidelines on what to do during certain disasters.

The NU IT studes were declared champions during the GYS 2017 gathering where they received P200,000 pesos as cash prize.

The Climate Action category is one of the five categories in the competition, but National U is the only winner from the National Capital Region.

According to College of Computer Studies Dean Robby Manuel, the SakunAPP is the students’ project in one of their professional subjects and is a collaborative effort of the students and CCS professors.

“They (students) enhanced the documentation to suit what was required in the event. The team was guided by the advisers so the project can fit the category’s theme.”

Dean Manuel also boasted about the research agenda of the college which he believes has improved in just a span of three years.

Dean Robby also said that this is another ‘feather in the cap’ for the university and this definitely boosted the Center of Excellence recognition which was given to the Information Technology Education of the College of Computer Studies last year.

“We rehashed the research environment in the university, we redefined the research projects of the students and we found out that these (projects) can be transformed to a researchable one that can be presented in different venues.” Manuel said.

The Global Youth Summit is a celebration of youth leadership that aims to engage and inspire the world’s future experts, where young people can share their ideas and utilize their diverse skill-sets and knowledge.

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