The University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) continued to raise the quality of education for students by making its various programs Centers of Excellence (COE) and Centers of Development (COD). Presently, two programs of USeP are COEs while four programs are CODs.
The Forestry program of Apokon, Tagum City, and the Information Technology and English programs of Obrero, Davao City were declared by the Commission on Higher Education as Centers of Development per CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) no. 38 series of 2015. The same CMO declared the University’s Agriculture program as a Center of Excellence. Per CHED, the designation of COEs and CODs is valid for three years effective January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2018.
In 2010, CHED cited the University’s Teacher Education program in Obrero, Davao City as a Center of Excellence while the Agricultural Engineering program in Tagum City was named Center of Development in 2009. These citations remained per CHED Memorandum Order no. 37, series of 2015 which extended the validity period for the Teacher Education and Agricultural Engineering programs as a Center of Excellence and Center of Development until March 31, 2016. USeP already applied for COE/COD for these programs. The result is expected to be out in April this year.
According to CHED, the identified COEs and CODs are expected to become a resource to strengthen other schools in Region XI and are envisioned to become centers of graduate education and research in their field of specialization.
Overall, USeP, under the leadership of its new president, Lourdes C. Generalao, is committed to pursue COEs and CODs for all of its courses, in line with its goal to ensure quality of education across all program offerings. (PIO)
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