At WMSU Graduation Rite: Academe-Industry Advisory Board Proposed to Fill Sector’s Strategic Needs
March 29, 2005

CLOSER cooperation between the academe, industry and government has been proposed to meet the needs of both local labor and business as well as to boost the competitiveness of the city in the global economy.

Keynoting the 60th commencement exercises of the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) yesterday, Monday, March 28, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) regional director Gerardo Concepcion, Jr. called for the creation of a “pro-active” academe-industry council or advisory board jointly by the (departments of trade and industry and labor and employment), Commission on Higher Education , academe , and the business chambers or commerce/industry at the national , regional , provincial and city levels “. Conception said “the linkage of your university with industry is better appreciated when a good match of manpower supply and demand prevails, that is to say , the academe can manage to supply the manpower needs of the industry”. He said the “process requires tight correlation between the university’s curricula with industry’s requirements to boost the economy , now as never before , pressured by demands of globalization , the perspectives of both should be world-class”.

Yesterday’s was the first of the university’s two batches of graduating doctoral, masters and baccalaureate students who this year total to over 3,000 students. The second batch of students will march tomorrow, Wednesday, wherein Zamboanga Sibugay congresswoman Belma Cabilao will be their keynote speaker. The graduation exercises are held at the WMSU gym, starting at 7:30 A.M.

WMSu president Dr. Eldigario Gonzales in his message to the graduates also elaborated on the ceremony’s theme, whis is ” Academe and Industry: Indispensable Partners in National and Global Development”. He said that; among all sectors in society, it is the “academis centers (that) are left with the feat of determining an appropriate response in developing concepts and theories that would form the foundations of industry and society”.

“But beyond pure knowledge, universities have the moral obligation to form men and women who will provide a human face to an otherwise impersonal industrial sector”. he observed.

Awarded bachelor’s degrees in yesterday’s exercise were graduates from the Colleges of Liberal Arts (Bachelors of Arts, BS in Economics, BS in Psychology), Institute of Criminology, College of Architecture, College of Home Economics (BS in Food Technology, BS in Home Economics, BS in Nutrition and Dietetics, Certificate in Proficiency in Fodd Processing), College of Nursing, and College of Law.

The valedictory address was given by Kathrina Ranga, lone magna cum laude from the College of Forestry. (Rey-Luis Banagudos- Public Affairs Office, WMSU)