Cebu Normal University (CNU) secured another accolade as it placed 14th on the recently released World’s Universities with Real Impact (WURI) 2021’s Top 50 universities in Crisis Management.
Now in its second year, WURI, a global innovative ranking system formed by the Organizing Committee of the Second Conference of the Hanseatic League of Universities (HLU), aims to discover and evaluate innovative universities around the world which provide real, feasible contributions to society.
For 2021, the WURI Ranking added crisis management as a new category to its assessment due to the great challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil, CESE Officer-in-Charge – Office of the University President, expressed her gratitude to WURI for acknowledging the impact of CNU’s Innovative CNU Assistance and Relief Effort (iCARE) program on the lives of its stakeholders amid the ongoing health crisis in a Facebook post.
“When the pandemic created havoc worldwide, CNU was unprepared. Guided by the mantra to survive, thrive and lead in the new normal, Team CNU launched the iCARE (CNU’s Assistance and Response in Emergency). The “i” is added before CARE to show oneness and individual investment of self,” Dayagbil stated.
Furthermore, Dayagbil shared some of iCARE’s projects like 24hr Communication Hotline, telecounselling, donation drive, HEdConnect Webinar Series, Adopt-a-Student, Share-a-Ride, Alternative RLE Delivery (ARLED), and refocussing/reframing teaching and learning.
Other universities from the Philippines that made it to the list were Far Eastern University (FEU) in 12th place and Biliran Province State University (BiPSU) in 26th place.
Words by Lorille Antoinette Mata
Cebu Normal University (CNU) is one step closer to transforming its campuses into SMART ones.
The University submitted a P23.1M project proposal to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) seeking assistance to develop CNU’s campuses into SMART (Systems Management Automation and Related Technologies) campuses with specific priority areas on establishing a learning management system (LMS), a student information system (SIS), and a school management information system (SMIS).
The LMS would be the main tool in delivering engaging lessons synchronously and asynchronously, administering courses, tracking, and reporting which will feature student accounts, online examinations, grade books, virtual lockers, forums, built-in chat, teacher accounts, question bank, e-resources, attendance checker, and even guardian/parent accounts for them to monitor their sons’ and daughters’ progress.
The SMIS would include offsite enrollment module, admission and testing module, registrar’s module, and teaching-learning equipment and software (smart interactive whiteboard, control system, microphone, amplifier system, rich ports for external computer in an interactive education platform software bundled with e-learning solution with the use of different teaching tools such as text, 3D animation, video, audio, and virtual simulation).
Meanwhile, the establishment of the SIS would also create an accounting system, budget monitoring system, asset management system, procurement management system, records management system, and project monitoring system.
Mr. Omar Roma, the SMART project leader and the University’s Information and Communications Technology Officer (ICTO) said that the proposed project will result to an improved accessibility and efficiency of the institution’s academic and administrative operations since automation and advancement of the University system and ICT facilities provide secure and real time access to the its information system.
Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil, the OIC of the Office of the President opined that the SMART project opens windows of opportunities to make the University globally competitive in its academic processes.
“Amidst and beyond the health crisis, the flexible learning modality is the best option for learning continuity. Thus, the major component of the SMART project is the development of a learning management system that is responsive to the needs of the students and the faculty for quality teaching and learning,” Dr. Dayagbil said.
She also expressed her gratitude to CHED through the leadership of Chair Popoy de Vera and the Chair of the CNU Board of Regents Dr. Perfecto A. Alibin for the support.
The 12-month SMART project includes pre-procurement, procurement of proposed learning management system and services, implementation, software development, pre-testing, data migration, end-user training, turn-over, and continuous quality improvement mechanism. – KFR
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Application for Doctor of Medicine will start on June 1-25, 2021
Applicants should possess the following qualifications prior to taking the CNU College Admission Test:
a. A natural-born or a naturalized Filipino citizen;
b. With outstanding scholastic record from a Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in a field relevant to Health from a college or university duly recognized by the CHEd;
c. Had taken the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) and at least in the 60% percentile rank or better. Validity of NMAT result is within two (2) years from the time of admission;
d. Must have good moral standing as certified by the university/college graduated from in the BS degree;
e. Priority will be given to applicants with low family income; and
f. Preferably from Central Visayas (Region 7)
a. NMAT Rating (Scanned or Picture Copy of the original)
b. Accomplished College of Medicine Applicant Profile Sheet (from the College, pdf downloadable form)
c. 2×2 colored picture with name and signature (Scanned or Picture Copy of the original)
d. Transcript of Records (Scanned or Picture Copy of the original) – with a GPA of 2.0 in the Bachelor’s degree
e. Accomplished College of Medicine Testing Admission Form attached 2×2 colored picture with name and signature (download and print pdf form, then, fill out and scan)
f. Valid Identification Card (Scanned or Picture Copy of front and back)
g. NSO/PSA Certificate of Birth (Scanned or Picture Copy of the original)
h. Letter of Recommendation from either of these two references: (Scanned or Picture Copy of the original)
1. Academic Head(s) of the school graduated
2. Professional/Work station head/Professor.
i. Good Moral certificate (Scanned or Picture Copy of the original)
j. ITR of earning family members or BIR Certification of Exemption (Scanned or Picture Copy of the original)
k. Testing Fee of P400.00