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The Our Lady of Fatima University – College of Computer Studies (CCS) pioneered a benchmarking venture to three (3) Centers of Excellence (COE) in Cebu in May 2016. CCS Dean Raymond S. Macatangga, Computer Science Program Head Jheanel E. Estrada and CCS Practicum Coordinator Abegail S. Comandao represented the college in its pursuit to be a Center of Excellence for Information Technology Education (ITE).
The first destination for the CCS Team was the Cebu Institute of Technology University (CITU) – a Center of Excellence in ITE. CITU Dean Cherry Anne Sta. Romana shared their university’s best practices in Software Engineering and Computer Science, and showcased their facilities.
The next COE stop was the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJR) where its Dean Gregg Victor D. Gabisonled a tour of the campus, as heimparted strategies on how USJR earned their COE status. He also emphasized the need for industry and academe to effectively collaborate in the goal of providing quality computer training for students.
The final item on the CCS team’s 2-day itinerary was a visit to the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu). UP Cebu’s Department of Computer Science Chair Roger R. Roxas showcased the Cebu Business Incubator for IT – a small-scale technopreneurship project of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and UP Cebu.Dean Roxas explained their plan of action towards the path of COE: research, patents and technopreneurship.
The visits to the three (3) COE’s gave OLFU’s CCS team valuable information as to how an accredited PACUCOA Level II college can raise the bar. From CITU, they understood the import of “focus” in implementing best practices. From USJR, they learned about college strategies. And from UP Cebu, the CCS Team uncovered the bright prospects of combining technopreneurship with quality research.
As OLFU’s College of Computer Studies rises above the ranks, the aim to be ANOTHER Center of Excellence in ITE is within reach!