The Western Mindanao State University has signified, through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the Establishment of Network Universities for the project STAR or Science Teacher Academy for the Regions. The project STAR is part of the program of the Science Education Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) which aims to develop a critical mass of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) teachers all over the country who will be at the forefront of delivering quality education to our young students.
The MOU signing took place last December 15, 2016 at Hotel Jen in Roxas Blvd., Manila, with ten (10) additional universities to the network which include, Caraga State University, Leyte Normal University, University of Southern Mindanao, Palawan State University, Batangas State University, University of Southern Philippines, Cebu Normal University, St. Louis University, St. Mary’s University and Western Mindanao State University. The other original six (6) universities are the Philippine Normal University, Bicol University, Mariano Marcos State University, Central Luzon State University, West Visayas State University and Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology.
Dr. Araceli A. Lim, Director of the WMSU Regional Science Teaching Center (RSTC) , the coordinating office for this project and who also represented the President, Dr. Milabel E. Ho, was among the officials and representatives of the network universities who attended and participated in the MOU signing. WMSU is now committed to assist DOST-SEI in implementing STEM trainings to in-service teachers in Region IX.
The project STAR is the second project of the DOST-SEI administered by the RSTC. The other engagement is the on-going scholarship program under the Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resource Development Program (ASTHRDP) – National Consortium in Graduate Science and Mathematics Education (NCGSME) where WMSU, among other ten (10) Universities in the country, is a delivering institution for graduate programs in science at the College of Science and Mathematics.
WMSU, through the RSTC, has sustained its partnership with DOST in the development of science and mathematics education in the region.