DLSU is the lone PHL private university in THE Emerging Economies Rankings

De La Salle University is among the top global institutions in the Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings 2020. DLSU is in the 351-400 bracket, and is for the second year, the lone private university from the Philippines to make it into these rankings.
The emerging economies rankings include colleges and universities in countries identified by the London Stock Exchange’s FTSE Group as “advanced emerging”, “secondary emerging”, or “frontier.”
Only 533 institutions from 47 countries met the criteria to be included in the rankings.
The rankings apply the same research-intensive indicators as the THE World University Rankings to evaluate institutions on their teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook, but are recalibrated to reflect the development priorities of universities in emerging economies.
DLSU is also ranked in other THE 2020 rankings. It is the country’s top-ranked institution in the THE Engineering and Technology and Physical Sciences Subject Rankings.
In THE’s Social Sciences Subject Rankings, the University is the only private university among the ASEAN higher education institutions that qualified to be in the list.
The Times Higher Education lists the world’s best research universities, requiring a minimum threshold of Scopus publications, combined with data on teaching, innovation, international outlook, and reputation.

DLSU’s I-Nano facility embarks on DOST’s spacesuit project

De La Salle University’s I-Nano Solutions, a research facility committed to developing nanotech products and services for both industry and society, has embarked on a Php15 million collaborative, Department of Science and Technology-funded project on abaca fabric for spacesuits application.

DLSU is undertaking the project in collaboration with Technological University of the Philippines, FEATI University, Philippine Nuclear Research Institute, and the Philippine Textile Research Institute.

Entitled “Fabrication and Characterization of Hydrophobic Nanocomposite Plated Abaca Fabric for the Enhanced Electromagnetic Interference Shielding (EMI-SE) and Thermal Resistance (TR) for Spacesuits Application,” the project seeks to produce a less expensive but competitive Thermo Mechanical Garment (TMG).

TMG is the outermost layer worn by a space explorer. Also, it is responsible for the protection from electromagnetic waves and extreme temperature changes.

The study aims to fabricate a layered structure of fabric out of Abaca fibers coated by nanocomposite material for electromagnetic interference shielding and thermal resistance.

“Since 1960s, when extra vehicular activity (EVA) has been introduced, there is a higher demand for more protective and mobile spacesuits for space explorers. Exposure to harmful electromagnetic waves and extreme temperature condition in the outer space are the most life-threatening factors to consider in designing spacesuits,” according to Dr. Gil Nonato Santos, Vice Chancellor of the DLSU Laguna Campus and head of the I-Nano team.

Funded by the DOST EXECOM, the research broke ground this February and is set for completion by January 2022.

“THE KINGMAKER” MAKES ITS PHILIPPINE PREMIERE AT THE CCP

Emmy Award–winning filmmaker/photographer Lauren Greenfield’s critically acclaimed documentary “The Kingmaker,” about Imelda Marcos, will have its Philippine premiere on January 29, 2020, 7:30pm, at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater), with matinee screening at 3:00pm.

“The Kingmaker” explores the disturbing legacy of the Marcos regime and examines the Marcos family’s improbable return to power in the Philippines.

The 100-minute documentary had its world premiere at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, followed by screenings at the 2019 Telluride Film Festival, Toronto, and London Film Festivals. The first documentary film to be invited to all four of these top festivals, the film has since garnered a Writers Guild Nomination, as well as three Critics Choice Nominations and the Critics Choice honor for the “Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary”.

And this month, in cooperation with the De La Salle University, it comes to the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The screening is under the CCP Arthouse Cinema program.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines is a 50-year-old edifice built through the initiation of the Former First Lady Imelda Marcos. In September 1969, after the decades-long quest of countless Filipino artists and government officials, the CCP rose on a reclaimed land along Roxas Boulevard and served as a beacon of Philippine arts and culture. It opened its doors for the premiere of “The Golden Salakot: Isang Dularawan.”

In 1986, the CCP re-invented itself to become a people’s art center. Filipino works were given priority, while outreach programs and regional artmaking became one of the main focuses. Access to artworks and performances was de-centralized.

It has been its mandate to present good and relevant arts – in this case, film – for its audience. Part of its mission is to bring in rich and varied contents from local and international filmmakers.

CCP VP-artistic director Chris B. Millado said “the CCP as a government cultural institution has a contentious history, so it cannot be denied that Imelda founded this during the Marcos years, that Imelda was the main patron for the establishment of this institution. But it also cannot be denied that the Marcos regime had its excesses in terms of corruption, and its human rights record. And it also cannot be denied that they have been convicted in courts for this. By screening this film, it’s a way of making artistic expression engage with issues that we feel are very important to tackle in this part of the political or social psyche of the Filipino.”

“We can’t deny the relations of the center with the Marcoses, but CCP has moved on to become a People’s Art Center. The CCP has always been a platform for artistic expressions and rational conversations. We are presenting a documentary tackling an issue that we are concerned about, as a Filipino people,” said Millado.

The idea of creating a documentary on the Marcoses began when Greenfield read an article by William Mellor in a Bloomberg magazine about one of the family’s least-known but most bizarre excesses. In 1976, at the height of their powers, Ferdinand and Imelda evicted more than 1,000 poor inhabitants of a Philippine island and replaced them with a menagerie of African animals shipped 6,000 miles from Kenya in a latter-day Noah’s Ark.

Investigating the untold story of a dictator’s forgotten safari park, Greenfield gained intimate access to Imelda and other members of the Marcos clan, filming in Imelda’s extravagantly-furnished city apartment and the family mansions in Manila and the bailiwicks of Ilocos Norte and Leyte provinces.

“Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines, famed for her addiction to excess, has been an iconic reference in my long-term investigation of wealth through my photography and films. Astonished that she had managed to re-enter Philippine politics after being ousted by a popular uprising, I began filming her and discovered that, at age 85, she remained a skilled ‘political animal,’ as her son Bongbong describes her,” said Greenfield in her artist’s statement.

Greenfield’s cameras followed the lavishly funded Marcos vice-presidential campaign from its launch in 2015 through to the election night drama and aftermath. During this time, Greenfield also conducted moving interviews with victims of the Marcos years, ranging from courageous women activists who had been raped and tortured to an elder Calauit islander who had been evicted from her home to make way for the Marcos’ menagerie.

Soon, Greenfield realized she was onto an unfolding story that would be as topical as today’s headlines.

The film chronicles Imelda’s present-day push to help her son, Bongbong, win the vice-presidency. To this end, Imelda confidently rewrites her family’s history of corruption, replacing it with a narrative of a matriarch’s extravagant love for her country. “In an age when fake news impacts elections, Imelda’s comeback story is a cautionary tale,” said Greenfield.

Named by the New York Times as “America’s foremost visual chronicler of the plutocracy,” Emmy Award–winning filmmaker/photographer Lauren Greenfield has produced groundbreaking work on consumerism, youth culture, and gender for the last 25 years. Her films “Generation Wealth,” “The Queen of Versailles,” and “Thin,” her viral commercial #LikeaGirl, and her photography books “Generation Wealth,” “Fast Forward,” and “Girl Culture” have garnered countless awards and provoked international dialogue about some of the most important issues of our time.

After the screening, there will be a talkback with the film representative and other guests from different sectors.

For more information, call the CCP Film, Broadcast and New Media Division at 8832-1125, local 1705 & 1712. Or visit the CCP Facebook accounts and website (www.culturalcenter.gov.ph).

For ticket inquiries, call the CCP Box Office at 8832-3704, or TicketWorld at 8891-9999. For more information, visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph.

DLSU hosts testimonial dinner for new Lasallian diplomats

The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) hosted the first testimonial dinner for its four graduates who passed the highly competitive Foreign Service Officer (FSO) examination and joined the Philippine Foreign Service Officer Corps last October 11, 2019 at the Roof Deck of the Henry Sy, Sr. Hall.   The honorees were Bea Antonio (AB-ISE ‘11), Anna Clariza Briones (MA IS), Louie Dane Merced (AB-ISA ‘09), and Reisha Olavario (AB-ISA ‘10).   

This is the first time that four DLSU graduates passed the FSO at the same time. St. La Salle scholar and summa cum laude graduate Merced topped the 2017 FSO Examination with a grade of 86%.  

The four Lasallians have finished their six-month cadetship last June 2019 and are now serving as career diplomats.  

In his welcome remarks, DLSU President Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC exulted the four graduates to be honorable diplomats who will not only look for inspiration and guidance from the “reason of state”, but also from their conscience and values. He reminded them that diplomats are human beings who must be truthful not only to their profession, but also to their conscience and values. 

For her part, CLA Dean Dr. Jazmin Llhana told the honorees that they may come back to their alma mater as lifelong learners, who may either take short courses when they need to or share their courses, share their experiences, and expertise for the lifelong learnings of others.

DLSU alumnus Ambassador Jose Cuisia, Jr.  gave the inspirational talk by sharing his experience as the Philippine ambassador to Washington D.C. from 2011 to 2016.  He recounted his experience in strengthening the two countries’ alliance in the face of the growing tension between the Philippines and China because of their territorial dispute in the South China Sea.  He also observed that all Lasallian ambassadors have been political appointees, and expressed hope that the four Lasallian diplomats will become career ambassadors in the future. 

On behalf of the four honorees, Merced thanked De La Salle University for providing them the knowledge, skills, and attitude that enabled them to pass the FSO and become members of the Philippine diplomatic corps.  He also thanked his alma mater for the gift of scholarship he received when he entered the University as a freshman in 2006.

All DLSU Gokongwei College of Engineering programs now ABET-accredited

All of De La Salle University’s undergraduate degree programs in the Gokongwei College of Engineering have been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.

The following programs are now ABET-accredited: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Management, and Mechanical Engineering.

ABET accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.

“The ABET accreditation is a testament to the University’s commitment to providing quality education that prepares graduates to enter the global workforce,” says DLSU President Br. Raymundo B. Suplido FSC.

Sought worldwide, ABET’s voluntary peer-review process is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programs in the technical disciplines, where quality, precision, and safety are of the utmost importance.

Developed by technical professionals from ABET’s member societies, ABET criteria focus on what students experience and learn. ABET accreditation reviews look at program curricula, faculty, facilities, and institutional support and are conducted by teams of highly skilled professionals from industry, academia, and government, with expertise in the ABET disciplines.

ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization with ISO 9001:2015 certification. It currently accredits 4,005 programs at over 793 colleges and universities in 32 countries.

More information about ABET, its member societies, and the accreditation criteria used to evaluate programs can be found at www.abet.org.

For more information about DLSU Gokongwei College of Engineering, visit dlsu.edu.ph.

DLSU implements university-wide digital transformation

 

Finance domain: (From left) /a/b/s/ Account Manager Riza Destacamento; Oracle Philippines Senior Alliance Manager Mara Conde; Oracle Philippines Country Manager Mina Lim; DLSU President Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC,  /a/b/s/ Senior Project Manager Jennifer Chua; and DLSU Vice Chancellor for Administration Dr. Arnel Onesimo Uy

A leader in educational innovation, De La Salle University has embarked on a university-wide digital transformation initiative starting this Academic Year 2019-2020.

This move aims to drastically improve information access, streamline organization processes, and enhance services for university stakeholders.

DLSU coins this transformation drive as the BITUIN Project. BITUIN stands for Banner Initiative to Transform, Unify, Integrate, and Navigate.

“This is in response to the ever-changing needs and challenges inside and outside the classroom,” says DLSU President Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC. “This will change the landscape of how we facilitate learning, conduct our operations, and provide services to our stakeholders.”

BITUIN’s flagship initiative Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is a three-year project involving financial management, human resources management, and student life cycle.

Student Life cycle: (From left) CAMU Co-Founder AR Swaminathan; SMST Director IT Solutions Ernesto Cruz; DLSU President Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC; and DLSU Vice chancellor for Administration Dr. Arnel Onesimo Uy, and SMSGT President Anthony Christian Angeles.

The BITUIN project committee, together with faculty members and personnel and industry consultants, determined the gaps and the “pain points” in the student lifecycle, financial lifecycle, and HR lifecycle. To address these, DLSU engaged with key partners for the said domains.

For the student lifecycle, the University works with Camu, a leading educational technology solution serving more than 200 institutions in six countries. Together with its local implementing partner, SMS GT, Camu provides customized offerings in the areas of, but not limited to, student recruitment, assessment, admissions, enrollment, extracurricular activities, support services and lifelong learning.

DLSU partnered with Genie Technologies, Inc. to focus on the concerns and challenges in the human resources domain. Recognized in the region for its quality business solutions, consulting, and support services, GTI’s scope of work include Core HR 201, employee benefits, labor and relation, time and attendance, global payroll, learning and performance management, succession planning, recruitment and on-boarding.

Human Resources domain: (From left) Mr. Manik Sarkar, Regional Delivery Head, Ramco Systems HCM; Genie Technologies, Inc. General Manager for Asia Pacific Mr. Arun Dhaka; DLSU President Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC; Genie Technologies, Inc. Chief Operating Officer, Mahesh Gopinath; and DLSU Vice Chancellor for Administration Dr. Arnel Onesimo Uy.

Likewise, Active Business Solutions, Inc. (/a/b/s/) was tapped by the University to address the gaps in the financial domain. With their expertise in financial management solutions, /a/b/s/ will offer improvements in process documentation, implement Oracle Fusion, and provide user training and technical support.

The partnerships with Camu, Genie Tech, and /a/b/s/ were formalized in a contract signing ceremony last September 24 at DLSU. The event was attended by University administrators and key representatives from the three companies.

“Harnessing digital technology will allow DLSU to maximize our resources and enable us to deliver quality education that befits our aspirations as a university of regional standing. Our shared commitment to the Lasallian mission and our individual desire for lifelong learning will ensure the success of this digital transformation,” shares Br. Ray.

DLSU hosts NASA International Space Apps Challenge hackathon

MANILA, Philippines – Now in its 8th year, Space Apps is an international hackathon for coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and others in cities around the world, where teams engage with NASA’s free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space. Space Apps 2018 included over 18,000 participants at more than 200 events in 75 countries.

Since its inception in 2012, NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge has become the world’s largest global hackathon, engaging thousands of citizens across the globe to use NASA’s open data to build innovative solutions to challenges we face on Earth and in space.

The NASA International Space Apps Challenge (or Space Apps) is an international hackathon that will take place over a 48-hour period in cities around the globe between October 18 and 20, 2019. The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing open-source solutions to challenges we currently face on Earth and in space.

In the Philippines, it is the fourth time for this event to take place again in Manila on October 18 to 20, 2019. “I am thrilled and excited to continue the tradition of inviting students and professionals, beginners and veterans from the Philippines to join this prestigious global hackathon by NASA,” software developer Michael Lance M. Domagas said, who is currently leading the hackathon since 2016. “In fact, a Pinoy team winning globally last year makes Filipinos inspired to use these technologies in helping the society we live in, especially now that a law has been passed creating the Philippine Space Agency,” he added.

The Pinoy winning team who developed an app seeking to use scientific data to benefit fishermen, even without Internet connection, is being incubated at Animo Labs, the technology business incubator of De La Salle University in partnership with DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development. “Animo Labs looks forward to see these kinds of projects being developed by Filipinos with the help of NASA data and resources, and we are happy to host it again at De La Salle University,” Animo Labs Executive Director Federico C. Gonzalez said.

For more information, please contact nasaspaceappsph@gmail.com

Lasallian Jubilee Year Celebration Schedule

 

On the occasion of the Lasallian Jubilee Year in honor of the Tercentenary of the death of our Founder – St. John Baptist de La Salle, the Lasallian Family will be celebrating his faith and life through solemn Eucharistic celebrations on April 7 and 10, 2019.

On April 7, 2019, Sunday
The Lasallian community in DLSU will be coming together to celebrate the feast day of the Founder through a Mass with His Eminence Orlando Cardinal Quevedo and a simple salu-salo inside the campus.

On April 10, 2019, Wednesday
The Philippine Lasallian Family in Luzon will be gathering for the Feast of our Founder at the Manila Cathedral. Through the assistance of young Brothers in formation, the relic will be brought to the Manila Cathedral for the veneration of the faithful. The Eucharistic celebration on April 10, 2019 will be presided by the Archbishop of Manila, His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.

These celebrations aim to spread the awareness that our Founder is the Universal Patron of Teachers.

We invite all Lasallians to join the De La Salle Brothers and the Lasallian family in these momentous celebrations.

BNSCWC, DLSU Publishing House, and Partners Launch Books by Lasallian Writers

The Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC), in partnership with De La Salle University Publishing House (DLSUPH), OMF Literature Inc., Taftique, Inc., and The Bookmark, Inc., launched five books by Lasallian writers last March 14 at the Philippe Jones Lhuillier Conference Room, 14/F Henry Sy Sr. Hall, DLSU, Taft Avenue, Manila.

A Night Bird Sings of Blindness and Fear (OMF Literature Inc.) by Janina Marie Rivera chronicles a teenager’s struggles to live courageously while battling against Arterio-Venous Malformation (AVM). An MFA graduate, Rivera is a teacher, writer, magazine publisher, and missionary.

Hagdanang Bahaghari (Bookmark, Inc.) by Genaro Gojo Cruz is about the “super powers” of Toto’s mother. Gojo Cruz is the author of 56 children’s books. He teaches literature and creative writing at DLSU and serves as the BNSCWC Associate for Children’s Literature.

Walang Halong Biro (DLSUPH) by Mesándel Virtusio Arguelles plots the grit and grime of modern isolation.  It is an exploration of the roguish self, memory, and artistic creation. It contains English translations by Kristine Ong Muslim.  Arguelles teaches literature and creative writing at DLSU.

Edited by Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr. and Shirley O. Lua, Direk: Essays on Filipino Filmmakers (DLSUPH and Sussex Academic Press) includes works on National Artists for Film Gerardo de Leon, Lino Brocka, and Ishmael Bernal. The special edition contains colored plates.  Del Mundo is Artist-in-Residence and Professor Emeritus at DLSU. Lua teaches literature at DLSU and is the BNSCWC Associate for Literary Studies.

Narito: Essays on Place (Taftique, Inc.) is an anthology that muses upon spaces, comings-and-goings, and memories that endure. The book contains essays by Taftique members Vijae O. Alquisola, Genevieve L. Asenjo, Jophen C. Baui, Kei Valmoria Bughaw, Adrian Crisostomo Ho, Ma. Antonette E. Lofamia, Clarissa V. Militante, Krezta Rae M. Palces, Josephine V. Roque, and Dorynna Zyneensky L. Untivero.

 

DLSU BNSCWC hosts launch of Philippine contemporary poetry anthology

The De La Salle University Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC) in partnership with the University of the Philippines Press, launched the two-volume poetry anthology “The Achieve of, the Mastery: Filipino Poetry and Verse from English, mid-‘90s to 2016,” last December 5 at the Philippe Jones Lhuillier Conference Room of the University’s Henry Sy, Sr. Hall.

The anthology is edited by award-winning poets Gémino H. Abad and Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta.

The Achieve of, the Mastery is the sequel to A Habit of Shores and offers a representative sample of Philippine poetry in English. The anthology features 141 writers and includes works by De La Salle University writers Cirilo F. Bautista, Marjorie M. Evasco, Ricardo M. de Ungria, Elsa Martinez Coscolluela, Raymundo T. Pandan, Dinah T. Roma, Sid Gomez Hildawa, Francisco Roman Guevara, Isidoro Cruz, Christine Godinez-Ortega, Alice M. Sun-Cua, Shirley O. Lua, Jhoanna Lynn Cruz, Noelle Leslie dela Cruz, Carlomar Daoana, and Ned Parfan. Also included in the anthology are works by some of the country’s renowned literary figures Edith L. Tiempo, Ophelia Dimalanta, Merlie Alunan, and Jaime An Lim.

The launch was part of the centennial celebration of the College of Liberal Arts of DLSU.

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