“We bring WMSU to you… to ensure that you enjoy equitable access to quality and affordable education…” Prof. Milagros Yosores, Dean of Student Affairs pointed this out to ESUs together with Dean Ricardo Somblingo and the rest of the University officials tasked to conduct a series of orientation which started last July 2-5,2013 in Pagadian City, Molave and Aurora municipalities.
WMSU’s move to fortify links with its External Studies Units is heightened by virtue of the government’s educational mandate to make education accessible to people from all walks of life. Regular visits have intensified under the leadership of Dr. Milabel Enriquez Ho. With recent move of HEIs towards amalgamation and the anticipated “regionalization” of tertiary schools stronger linkages with provincial units are encouraged for better sharing of resources among others.
Fifteen External Studies Units are presently recognized as part of WMSU. In Zamboanga del Sur the following city and municipalities have external studies units, Pagadian City, Aurora, Molave and Pitogo. Zamboanga City has one in Curuan Barangay; Zamboanga Sibugay province has ten ESUs situated in the following municipalities: Tungawan, Ipil, Siay, Imelda, Alicia, Mabuhay, Olutanga, Malangas, Diplahan and Sta. Clara Naga.
WMSUs collaborative efforts with local government units and DepEd high schools have been fruitful. While the University maintains an eminent reputation in education for economic and political reasons its paramount objective is to serve the underprivileged.
WMSU started out by offering graduate program in Masters of Education Administration in some municipalities in Zamboanga del Sur namely Labason, Imelda, and Margos sa Tubig with a handful of students in the mid 90s through the guidance of Dr. Erdulfo Fernando who was WMSU president then. Former University President Dr. Eldigario D. Gonzales in 2000 gave a boost to the establishment of more ESUs under the office of the Vice President for External Studies held by Dr. Julieta Y. Tabacug and the first Dean of ESUs Dr. Ma. Gregorio Galvez in 1990.
There are presently 13, 641 students enrolled in the following programs the offering of which may vary in the different ESUs: Bachelor of Elementary Education; Bachelor of Secondary Education; Professional Education Curriculum; Bachelor of Agricultural Technology; Diploma in Agricultural Technology; Bachelor of Science in Computer Science; Associate in Computer Science; Bachelor of Science in Accountancy; Bachelor of Science in Social Work; Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Masters in Education Administration.
WMSU policies and regulations anchored on the newly ratified University Code were well discussed during the orientations and seminar enhancement program by the following officials, Dr. Ricardo Somblingo, Dean External Studies Unit; Prof. Milagros Yosores, Dean of Student Affairs; Dr. Lea Laput, Director, Public Affairs Office, Prof. Aurora Manzon, University Registrar; Ms. Salud Laquio, University Librarian, Ms. Fini Joy Buenafe, Director Guidance and Counseling; and Prof. Rosalyn Echem, Director Gender Research and Resource Center.