Faculty Training Sustain’s WMSU’s Educational Leadership: Dr. Gonzales
November 12, 2006

TO MAINTAIN its edge as the center of educational excellence and the intellectual resource base of the region, Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) continues to send a high number of its faculty members and non-teaching personnel on scholarship studies.

WMSU President Dr. Eldigario Gonzales bared that some 51 faculty members and personnel are at present undergoing postgraduate scholarship studies in various universities in the country, including in The Netherlands and Australia.

The latest to receive an in-house study grant is Abigail Fernando, who teaches in WMSU’s Integrated Laboratory School. She will take up a master’s program in education, major in curriculum development, at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia.

Dr. Gonzales said in the past nine years since he assumed the presidency of the university, he has granted hundreds of postgraduate scholarships mainly to academic personnel. He said the advanced training has been indispensable and instrumental in raising the quality of instruction of the school and, therefore, the caliber of its graduates.

While before Dr. Gonzales’ time hardly any scholarships were granted to the faculty under him, hundreds have received postgraduate studies privileges, university Board Secretary Engr. Armando Arquiza said.

Last year, Engr. Arquiza revealed a total of 68 professors, instructors and other personnel were on scholarship. WMSU has about 800 faculty members, including part-time teachers. Aside from in-house university scholarships, the others were from the Ford Foundation, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Science and Technology, Netherlands and Australia, Engr. Arquiza said.

Their specialization programs ranged from masters and doctorates in education to mathematics, physics, forestry, language studies, psychology, economics, chemistry, engineers, agriculture, law, nursing, criminology, community development, biotechnology, and others, Engr. Arquiza further bared.

These advance trainings of the faculty have made WMSU the leading center of education, research and community extension services in the region, Dr. Gonzales said. We shall continue to upgrade and raise the competence and skills of our instructors and researchers to enable WMSU to accomplish, if not surpass its mandates as the top center of education in the region and Zamboanga City, he added. (Rey-Luis Banagudos / PAO- WMSU)