National U, SM Prime host 1st NCR Students Business Summit

 

National University, in partnership with SM Prime Holdings Inc. and Philippine Council of Deans and Educators in Business (PCDEB) successfully held the first-ever NCR Students’ Business Summit last March 6, 2019 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

With the theme, “Building Business Leaders through Virtual Enterprise and Mobility”, over 2000 business, IT and Psychology students from different universities around the metro and nearby provinces attended the event which featured a job-fair in the morning with SM Group of Companies and a business forum in the afternoon.

According to College of Business and Accounting Dean Ma. Teresa Gonzales, the event is timely because we are now at the on-set of industrial revolution.

“Business nowadays are not only relying on reports made by humans alone, but we give more reliability on reports that are generated with the use of technology. Since your generation is known as the technology driven-people, today’s theme is very timely, [because this will be] an opportunity for all of our students to assess and explore how they will become business leaders by establishing their virtual enterprise in the future.”

Invited to speak in the business summit are PCDEB president Dr. Victor David who tackled the dangers of illegal drugs, PACSB president Dr. Amado Magsino who talked about the Passage to ASEAN (P2A) and its effect in the Philippines and Prof. Allan Barcelona, president of Virtual Business Inc., who discussed the subject “Building Business Leaders”.

Students were also given the chance to know more from the speakers through a question and answer portion and were entertained by “This Band” after the summit.

National U hosts Psychological Association of the Philippines’ national convention

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National University successfully hosted the 32nd Annual Convention of the Psychological Association of the Philippines – Junior Affiliates last January 25-26, 2019 in SMX Convention Center and National University. With the theme, “Fostering a Psycholology of Well-being for the Filipino”, NU takes pride in co-hosting the biggest gathering of psychology majors in the Philippines.

The two-day event featured plenary sessions in the morning of January 25 while slated in the afternoon were competitions such as quiz bee, dance contest and thesis and community extension engagement project competition all held at SMX Convention Center. One of the highlights of the first day is the keynote speech of Outstanding Psychologist Awardee Dr. Ma. Regina Hechanova-Alampay where she talked about the role of psychology in public mental health. Meanwhile, the second day featured 155 seminar/workshops about the different fields of psychology. More than 6000 delegates attended the workshops that was simultaneously done inside the university.

According to NU psychology department chair and professor Arnel Diego they are happy that PAP expressed satisfaction in National U. “PAP applauded us for successfully hosting the convention, we did not encounter any problem unlike the previous years.” Prof. Diego shared.

Due to the success of the two-day event, PAP says it is looking to tap National University to host again next year.

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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