National U celebrates U-Week and 118th foundation day

The National University successfully held its University Week and 118th founding anniversary last July 30 to August 4, 2018 at the university premises. The week-long event focused on giving the NU community different activities, seminars and competitions that they enjoyed.

The U-week kicked-off with the Festive Parade that featured arches and flags made by students. Several competitions were also lined up like a photography contest, NU Wizard quiz bee and spoken word competition.

Seminars were also organized for the benefit of the students and employees including LGBTQIA++ literacy, mental health conference and fake news and disinformation forum.

The NU community was also entertained with concerts that rocked the National U grounds the whole week.

It was a fun afternoon when NU graduates gathered in the first-ever Alumni Day that happened last August 4 at the Multi-Purpose Hall, NU Annex Building. It was a simple get-together organized by the Alumni Affairs office for the enjoyment of National U alumni.

Meanwhile, one of the highlights of the week-long event is the NU Service and OVAL Awards held last August 1 at the NU Social Hall. Top university officials, NU college and high school alumni associations and members of the Jhocson family led the wreath-laying ceremony to honour NU founder Don Mariano Fortunato Jhocson. Aside from NU service awards, employees who were able to live up to the institution’s core values were also given special citation.

 

NU-College of Engineering sets up new industry-academe linkage with PICQS

National University-College of Engineering continues to work on improving its efficiency after setting up ties with the Philippine Institute of Certified Quantity Surveyors (PICQS) just this month. National U representatives headed by President Renato Carlos H. Ermita Jr. and College of Engineering Dean Alexa Ray Fernando hosted the signing of the memorandum of agreement with PICQS, represented by chair and founder, Engr. Julie Christie M. De La Cruz and national board president, Engr. Jessica Gandia last July 11, 2018 at the 12th floor, NU Annex Building.

The two institutions formalized the partnership wherein PICQS will help and assist National U in developing a new curriculum for the Civil Engineering program.

“The design of our new engineering curricula puts importance in providing our students an appreciation of the broad but of diverse specializations in their chosen engineering field. We want our students to be able to choose and start their career path by building their credentials while they are still in the University. I believe that PICQS is a great help to our students who are aspiring to become full-fledged Quantity Surveyors, or Construction Managers in general.” Dean Fernando stated.

Dean Fernando also added that one of the main purposes of the partnership is to initiate another industry-academe linkage.

Our ultimate goal is to close the gap between the industry-desired skills and the skills set of our graduates. Whether they want to work for an engineering company or put up their own engineering start-ups, we want to make sure that they are prepared for it.”

On the other hand, PICQS chair and founder Engr. Dela Cruz also expressed their excitement in this new endeavour.

“In a world of intense global competition and accelerating digital change, practitioners like us and universities like NU need to work in tandem to be at the forefront of innovation and knowledge. Through this industry partnership, I am certain that PICQS and NU would become a powerful engine for economic growth.”, Engr. Dela Cruz said.

 

The partnership between the two institutions is set to last until 2019.

NU-College of Architecture representatives meet with Vice President Leni Robredo

The National University-College of Architecture representatives paid a courtesy visit to Vice President Leni Robredo last Monday, July 9, 2018 in Quezon City.

NUCoA, led by Dean Architect Chona E. Ponce and some members of the faculty and Architecture Student Council (ASC), discussed with VP Robredo the college’s projects for a possible collaboration with Office of the Vice President (OVP). These projects include the design of mental health care facilities, 25-bed dormitories in Siayan Zamboanga del Norte, and master planning of communities in remote areas in the Philippines which are part of the flagship programs of Angat Buhay of the OVP. Angat Buhay, OVP’s anti-poverty organization, have the following thrusts: food security and nutrition, universal health care, rural development, public education, women empowerment, and housing and resettlement. Since its inception in October 2016, Angat Buhay has already extended assistance and programs to over 135,000 families in almost 200 cities and municipalities all over the country. 

NU-COA also shared to the Vice President the college’s community extension services like Brigada Eskwela and feeding program among others.

A plaque of appreciation and a token were personally handed to the Vice President after the meeting. It can be recalled that the Vice President sent a video message for Haligi III last February 23, 2018 at the SMX Convention Center.

Former NU Pep Squad standout passes CPA board exam

Former National U Pep Squad standout Claire Cristobal just proved to us that she is not just an ordinary student-athlete.

In the May 2018 Certified Public Accountant board exam, the 21-year old Cristobal was among the 11 passers from National University, that was also able to record 33.33% passing rate that is higher than the national passing rate of 28.92%.

 Cristobal, who first made a name for her body bending moves, shared that curiosity played a role in discovering her abilities when she was still in high school.

“During that time, may mga classmates ako na ‘pag merong sinalihan na sport, excused ka sa PE, so parang sabi ko gusto ko din. So nag-try-out ako sa gymnastics, then ayun, naging passion ko na yung paglalaro, and by God’s grace nabigyan ako ng chance na makasali sa Palarong Pambansa, dun na ako na-recruit ng NU.” Cristobal recalled.

 Claire admitted that she was hesitant to join the NU Pep Squad because she wanted to focus on her studies to achieve her dream of becoming a CPA.

“Matagal ko syang pinag-isipan, I asked my mother if it is okay and she said I should try. So, I went to the try-outs then when I passed they gave me a full scholarship, and that time, I was motivated that I will not waste this opportunity given to me.”

 Being a student-athlete though was not a walk in the park as she tried to balance her duties as an NU pep squad member and later team captain and an Accountancy student.

Cristobal also recalled that even if she is tired from training and studying she would still wash her laundry so she can save up.

“One of the struggles that time was time management and at the same time focus. Physically, pagod ka, then mentally, drained ka, ang pasok ko sa umaga, ang training sa gabi. But every year as I progressed here in NU, iniisip ko na hindi, hindi ko pwedeng idahilan na pagod ako, I need to balance my time for training and studying.”

 And while some will say that everything will be “all ease and bliss after graduation”, it was a different story for Claire who decided to take the May 2018 CPA board exam after graduating last November 2017.

Her father was in and out of the hospital during her review period prompting her to stay with her family to take care of her father.

“Struggle yung first half ng review, I had to help my mom in assisting my father in the hospital. But what kept me confident that time was my faith in God. I was telling myself that I made it this far, if it’s not for His plan, I wouldn’t be here, I won’t make it without Him.”

It took major dedication, focus and ability to be able to push through during the most difficult times, and even if she was not sure where her steps would take her, the lessons she learned from being a student-athlete remained on her mind.

“Before, mababaw lang ako mangarap, but when I became a student-athlete, I learned that when you want to achieve something, always aim for the best, always aim for the highest. Sa buhay, ‘pag wala ka nang ineexpect na maganda, mawawalan ka ng gana, wag mo limitahan yung kaya mo, that is what the NU Pep Squad taught me.”

 Hard work and prayers worked wonders for Cristobal when she received the news that she was one of the 2,843 passers in the recent CPA board exams.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity that National University has given me. I want to give back to National U because it helped me and molded me to who I am today. Sa laki ng help ng National University sa amin, I just hope my co-student-athletes will realize that we should always gear towards being a champion outside and inside the court.”

 With this recent feat, Cristobal hopes to inspire not only those who are taking up Accountancy but also her co-student-athletes.

“Just like what I posted in my social media account, your perception determines your performance. Kung paano mo tinitingnan ang buhay, ganun ang magiging galaw mo. Let us always look at the brighter side. Also, always give yourself a reason for achieving something, not just for yourself but for those who believe in you.”

 We may know her as the pep squad’s team captain, the elastic and jelly girl but now meet her new title; Claire Cristobal, CPA.

NU Engineering Team presents research papers in International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management

The National University-College of Engineering was given the opportunity to present in the International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management held last March 11-14 in Annapolis, Washington D.C., USA.

National U was the only university from the Philippines that was invited to the four-day event, which is an annual conference for researchers, educators, government officials, consultants, managers and community leaders from all over the world where they discussed topics related to all aspects of solid waste technology and management.

NU team was composed of professors — Engr. Allan Alzona, Engr. Manny Anthony Taguba and Engr. Franz Santos, and fifth year Civil Engineering student Mary Rose De Leon.

The team presented their studies in Experimental Investigation of the Compressive Strength of Hair Fiber Reinforced Concrete with Superplasticizer” in Use of Wastes in Construction session, “Optimization and Prediction of the Compressive Strength of Superplasticized Hair Fiber Reinforced Concrete Using Central Composite Design” in Innovative Technologies session and “Artificial Neural Network and Phenolic Aqueous Solution Treatment Using Crude Enzyme Peroxidases from Waste Cabbage (Brassica oleracea capitata var. alba L.) Leaves” in the Agricultural and Food Wastes session.

According to CE program chair Engr. Alzona, this is a good start for the college since they are now giving importance and shifting focus on research presentation and publication.

“One of the best results from this experience I guess is the exposure of the student who went with us. According to Ms. De Leon, she was able to learn the level of research studies that other countries are doing, so it also served as a benchmark for us. She said that she will talk to the next batch of students who will conduct research and thesis, so she can share what she saw and learned from this event.”

Meanwhile, some of the College of Engineering’s faculty and student researches were also accepted and set to be presented in the following local and international conferences, the 8th International Conference on Intelligent Systems, Modelling and Simulation on May 8-10, 2018, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and 3rd International Multidisciplinary Research Conference, on April 25-27, 2018 in Cagayan de Oro City.

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