Help, support each other: AdU Prexy tells community for new SY

Date Posted: August 31, 2022 at 02:56 PM

University President Fr. Marcelo V. Manimtim, CM had one clear message to the Adamson University Community during the first in-campus Mass of the Holy Spirit and General Assembly last August 15 – learn and help one another.

Although he made mention of an improved research culture and student participation in AdU as key parts of the institutions progress in his message during the General Assembly, Fr. Manimtim highlighted the importance of a profound understanding of students’ needs, following the “Vincentian heart and character” instilled in every Adamsonian.

He reiterated the gathering’s theme, “Initiate, Innovate and Inspire,” a call for every member of the community to continue development amid adversity, and be good examples to, as well as learners from, the young.


Fr. Manny, as he is fondly called, m recapped his commitment to improving the research culture in the University, describing research-oriented faculty as the cornerstone of AdU’s aspirations to be recognized internationally and as a Center of Excellence.

He also lauded the faculty members’ efforts for producing “good research”, however, the AdU president quipped that the output the University currently have are “insufficient” despite research capability, mentoring and best research awards initiated by the Center for Research and Development (CRD).  

“I would like to put a word of notice to the research-aversed professors. I understand that you may feel content in your entrenched positions as instructors. Remember, however, proficiency in instruction is not an inborn talent,” Fr. Manimtim said.

“If you want to innovate and improve, do research; you become better instructors when you engage yourselves in research; when you subject yourselves to research enrichment sessions.”

Fr. Manny, though, remained confident that the future turnout of research in AdU will steadily increase through the years as adjustments are continued to be laid out with the faculty members and their research outputs.

In addition, he pushed to restore balance in the research outputs in the University, wherein grants have been saturated in the field of natural sciences, saying it may be time to foster more studies in the fields of social sciences, business, and education. Fr. Daniel Franklin Pilario, the new director of the CRD and a prolific researcher, will be in the forefront of the said effort.

“We will design a competitive compensation program for those who will engage in research, explore the possibilities of granting research leave with pay, apply for research grants, implement additional incentives for research publications in refereed journals and paper presentation in international conferences, and invest in research infrastructure, like modern laboratories that would complement the research work of our professors,” Fr. Manimtim said.


Student Engagement

This time mentioning the University’s efforts in maintaining the goals it set in enrollment, Fr. Manimtim reminded the community to remain vigorous in carrying out such activities.

“What we now have are students whose parents have entrusted their education to us. How do we fulfill our obligations to them?” he said.

He also urged teaching and non-teaching personnel to learn from the changes that have happened in the two years of the pandemic, namely with the developments in teaching and learning modality, and their personal learnings, which in turn translate to the enrichment of students’ holistic education.

Fr. Manny also recognized the challenges of the HyFlex modality, inspiring educators to modulate approaches in online and in-campus classes to have an effective and quick transition to the new method.

“The positive note given to me by Sir William Turnbull, referring to the coordination and monitoring done by the department heads gives reason to hope that [HyFlex] can be a rewarding and enriching modality not only for the students but for the professors as well,” he said.

“The pandemic forced us to stick to the bare essentials that would guarantee continuity of learning…At the height of the pandemic we showed our Vincentian heart and character by marshalling all the available resources to attend to the brothers and sisters in need both in and outside of the Adamson community,” he continued.

Again, highlighting "initiate, innovate and inspire," Fr. Manimtim announced that it will be business as usual in Adamson U.

“We start the School Year 2022-2023 committed to the education of our youth and the respectful regard for each other. The lessons we have learned in the last two years will arm us to be resolute in finding the best way forward.”

“The students will recover from the losses of the last two years as they become confident with the mentoring we give them. Because in the situations that we live in we learn from the students as much as the students learn from us. So, let us help and support each other.”


AdUNEST INC offices get face-to-face blessing as University resumes more in-campus operations

The offices of two Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – funded projects were recently blessed during ceremonies held last August 30 at the Dr. Carlos Tiu Center for Innovation and Research (CTIR).

Fr. Libin Varghese, CM led the blessing attended by DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) Technology Transfer Office representatives Engr. Edward Paul Apigo, Engr. Norman Jimenez and Engr. Mark Joshua Halili.

Also present in the event were University President, Fr. Marcelo V. Manimtim, CM and Vice Presidents, Dr. Venusmar Quevedo, Dr. Catherine Castañeda, Fr. Andrew Bayal, CM, and Fr. Rafael Eloriaga, CM.

Dr. Merlinda Palencia, current officer-in-charge of the College of Engineering and COO of Envigor Natural Products Mfg. Inc., the University’s first spin-off, was also present.

Engr. Noe Enriquez, Director of the Institutional Planning and Policy Development Office, welcomed the attendees of the event, presenting the programs of the Adamson University Neo Science and Technology Incubation Center (AdUNEST INC). Engr. Enriquez is also AdUNEST INC’s Manager.

Meanwhile, Engr. Dylan Lopez and Engr. Nico Tubban, Project Development Officers of the University’s Higher Education Institution Readiness for Innovation and Technopreneurship (HEIRIT) Program also gave updates on their accomplishments.

Engr. Apigo Senior Research Officer of DOST’s Research Information and Technology Transfer Division (RITTD), greeted the University for the feat, recounting the journey AdU went through for the HEIRIT and IP Management Program for Academic Institutions Commercializing Technologies (IMPACT) grants.

Fr. Manimtim, during his address, expressed AdU’s gratitude to DOST-PCIEERD for its constant support in instituting the Technology Business Incubator and Tech Transfer Office of Adamson.

A message of thanks from VP for Administrative Affairs and AdU Innovation and Technology Support Office Manager, Dr. Venusmar C. Quevedo concluded the event.