MISAMIS UNIVERSITY GEARS UP FOR ITS CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
Decades of history and milestones were celebrated last September 20-28, 2019, as Misamis University kicks off its countdown to its Centennial Celebration during the 90 th Foundation Anniversary. With the theme "90 Years of Celebrating Quality Education", MU celebrated the week-long event with athletic, literary and musical competitions, festivities, and the launching of the countdown to MU's centennial celebration.
Maintaining Quality Education
The MU Community had much to celebrate in its 90th year as an educational institution. Misamis University has come a long way since it first opened its doors to learners in 1929. From its roots as a modest secondary school in Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte, to an Autonomous University in the heart of Misamis Occidental, the University has grown beyond the dreams of its founders, Dr. Hilarion T. Feliciano and Doña Maria Mercado. MU is also ISO 9001:2015 Certified and PACUCOA-Accredited.
In 2017, MU had been granted Autonomous Status by the Commission on Higher Education, an accomplishment that only Misamis University was able to gain among all the colleges and universities in Northwestern Mindanao. Acquiring the status was no easy feat, but because of the various institutional merits the University had gained in the past few years, the Autonomous Status was well within reach.
MU is a Center for Development for the programs Teacher Education, Information Technology, and Criminology. In 2017, MU had also upgraded its ISO Certification from 9001:2008 to 9001:2015 to ensure that it maintains its high standard of service and safety. Currently, the University also has 22 PACUCOA-accredited programs ensuring that it exceeds the national standard in academic quality.
The University is also geared toward research. The Misamis University Research Center (MURC) hosted the International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change (IConBaCC ) in 2018, an answer to the pressing need for understanding and research on climate change and its effects. MURC had also invited plenary speakers and participants from different universities around the world for a more holistic understanding on the subject matter.
Shortly after IConBaCC, Misamis University entered into research partnerships with the University of Sri Jayewardenepura of Sri Lanka, the Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction, Sichuan University (IDMR-SCU) of Sichuan, China, and the Local Government of Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur. The institutions agreed to mutually support each other in joint researches, faculty and staff exchange, student immersion, and extension works and to conduct conferences and other academic symposia. The partners have also agreed to help promote bio entrepreneurship through workshops and trainings and to create IEC (Information, Education, and Communication) materials such as field guides and laboratory/field procedures.
Hosting research conferences isn’t new to Misamis University. In 2014, it hosted the National Conference on Research in English Language and Literature (NCRELL). MU partnered with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Association of Language Teachers (KSAALT)-Yanbu, and the Council of Deans of Arts and Sciences (CDAS) to realize this presentation. The conference served as a venue for researchers to share their results and theories, and collaborate.
MU is also the proud host of the 26th National Conference for ADHIKA ng Pilipinas (Asosasyon ng mga Dalubhasa, may Hilig, at Interes sa Kasaysayan) in 2015. The event was endores by both the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Education. Historians, history enthusiasts, and members of ADHIKA from all over the Philippines convened and presented their research papers at Misamis University.
MU is also known for giving back to the community. The Misamis University Community Extension Project (MUCEP) started in the late 1990’s with the Save Labo River Program. As the university developed, so did the community extension projects. The most recent ones, Management Zoning of Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park and the Socio-Economic Assessment and Monitoring System (SEAMS), are implemented with the partnership of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Protected Area Office of Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park (PAO-MMRNP). MUCEP also partnered with Local Government Units for its ongoing environmental community extension projects – the Forest Land Use Planning (FLUP), implemented with the Local Government of Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte, the National Greening Program (NGP), implemented in Initao and Gingoog, Misamis Oriental with DENR - Region X, and the Cave Management Planning, implemented with LGU Iligan City and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Iligan City.
The 90th Foundation Anniversary Celebrations
During Misamis University’s 90th Foundation Anniversary, the university cultivated the spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship during the different athletic competitions among colleges. The community enjoyed rooting for their teams during the sports competitions, but their overwhelming support shone during the Cheerdance Competition. The venue was packed with students and was filled with their cheers. The event remained one of the most-awaited events every Foundation Anniversary.
The Cultural Parade is also a crowd favourite. Here, students got in touch with the diverse Filipino culture as they brought years of tradition, dances, and celebration from the different festivals around the Philippines to the streets of Ozamiz City.
Students also showed their skills in singing, dancing, and spoken word poetry during the different musical and literary competitions throughout the week. MU also invited participants from other schools for the musical competitions. Representatives from the different colleges in Misamis University also competed in charisma, looks, brains, and talent during the annual pageant, the Mr. and Ms. Intramurals.
Students were not the only ones who were able to enjoy the Foundation Anniversary. University alumni were also able to join the festivities during the Alumni Night where they played Bingo-for-a-Cause. The proceeds of the event went to the MU Alumni Association Scholarship which will be granted to deserving students coming from low-income families.
The whole MU Community had a great time celebrating MU’s 90th Foundation Anniversary. For Misamis University, the countdown to a 100 years of Quality Education signified the final stretch to a century of service to its learners and the community. It also represented a new beginning - with new generations to inspire, new teachings to impart, and new challenges to eagerly face.
MU has a lot more to offer now and will offer even more in the near future.
As MU moves closer to its 100-year mark, the University shows no sign of stopping or slowing down. The MU Community looks back at how far it has come, yet it looks forward at how much more it can achieve.