WMSU Boosts ICT Training Capability
October 3, 2005

Digital communication technology transfer has been intensified in the WESTERN MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY (WMSU) with its recent agreement with the Commission of Information and Communication Technology (CICT) for a faculty training and other IT-based programs.

Aside from training faculty and non-teaching personnel of WMSU, CICT will also set up an IT literacy standard rating system and proficiency examinations to assess graduating students, University President Dr. Eldigardo D. Gonzales said.

Dr. Gonzales and CICT Commissioner Emmanuel Lallana recently signed a memorandum of agreement to formalize the institutional partnership. CICT is the government’s lead agency for information and communication technology and “supports efforts for the development and promotion of the country’s arts and culture, history, education, public health and safety and other socio-civic purposes” through the use of ICT.

Dr. Gonzales said that in partnering with CICT, WMSU will achieve the effective training of its faculty and personnel, and through them he students, on the available up-to-date and appropriate ICTs through the “synergistic cooperation”.

Optimizing the computer literacy of students will make them more employable, Dr. Gonzales said, while promoting ICT skills in he region through WMSU’s extension programs will facilitate economic development and social well-being, he added.

CICT will provide WMSU with expert courseware programs, tutoring and consultancy. WMSU will be responsible for logistics, participation of its faculty and personnel including from the other government agencies and the general publis, and counterpart funds.(Rey-Luis Banagudos/PAO-WMSU)