Day 1, 6 March 2017
I would like to thank Philippine Higher Education Career System (Phil-HECS) in cooperation with Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC), and Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) for the professional development program for SUC presidents in hosting an international academic visit to Taiwan which is recently concluded.
This academic visit to Taiwan is one of the most precious blessings in my career allowing both unique opportunities and valuable experiences which capacitate me in my pursuit for quality, accessible, and affordable education particularly in Agriculture sector.
I am impressed of the hospitality and kindness of the Officials extended to the delegation and appreciate the value of patience and collaboration inculcated in their hearts and minds of every Taiwanese whom an example of good virtues for every Filipino to exercise. In the opening program, I am likewise delighted about the starting a new page of agriculture of which the enabling framework of plans were through advancing and pushing the programs of agriculture, innovation in agriculture in terms of technology and human resources was worth to be considered.
Day 2 – 7 March 2017
The tour to National Taiwan University (NTU) and meeting with its representatives was a good experienced upon realizing that the university’s unceasing affiliation to agriculture programs despite the low enrolment at start, now they are financially independent and excel academically.
Taiwan as developed country compared to Philippines faced a great challenge as far as financial aspect is concerned. But believing that every government like Taiwan has imbibe the spirit of integrity, diligence, fidelity, and compassion which ensure the delivery of quality education. These values are needed in every Filipino particularly ASSCAT personnel to inculcate the essence of integrity in one’s work, diligence in performing the tasks, being faithful to its commitment to the College’s vision and mission and of course the compassion in delivery of services.
ASSCAT as a developing institution can be its best in compelling the desire to attain quality and affordable education with its niche in Agriculture motivated me to implement and adopt the relevant system in this College.
Day 3 – 8 March 2017
Generally, two important things I appreciated most in Taiwan Universities was the evident of a well-defined system in every structures and their advanced research linkages through partnership between academic institution and industry. Thus, by means of strengthening research performance in higher education, vision of every institution to improve services not just for the good but all for the best is nearly at hand.
It is high time for ASSCAT on its quest towards accreditation of the procedures to international standards in the delivery of academic services to the clients and stakeholders through ISO 9001:2015, AACCUP accreditation, and other accrediting bodies, partnered with research and development as one of the focal functions of the College. As I ponder on things that benefit the whole College, I am deeply touched on the main objective of the Institutional research to understand deeply the purpose of the College’s existence. With this, I recognized and appreciated every single role of Personnel in the achievement of quality education.
Day 4 – 9 March 2017
I gained ample learning experiences from my visit to National Cheng Kung University in its strong collaboration and development of programs especially in research, industry-academe partnerships and quality assurance. These ideas create opportunities for inter-institutional research collaboration, between SUCs and world-class foreign universities and higher education institutions through agricultural production
In response to strong collaboration and academic opportunities, I am motivated to pursue for academic excellence, boost the research performance of the College to equip the future global graduates and support to scholarship programs to personnel.
Day 5 – March 10 2017
I was also encouraged and overwhelmed with what I saw and observed in National Pingtung University as it excelled in smart agriculture and smart breeding. It’s an eye opener to all SUCs offering agriculture programs to ensure food security despite global climate change and other challenges.
Indeed, my learnings enhanced me to be more innovative, pursue world-class research and excellent instruction in order to provide efficient and effective services not only to the College but the public in general. I realized also that good relationship among personnel, students, and stakeholders will have a way forward.
Lastly, my learnings conveyed me on my obligations and responsibilities to the College to be always an ethical servant-leader taking into considerations the creativeness, resourcefulness, and being an advocate to academic excellence towards global competitiveness. ASSCAT’s famous tag line Aim High ASSCAT will be aligned to global perspective. This is my commitment, “to provide the best services to its clientele and lead a globally competitive institution.