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MSEM program to bank on its 'special niche' says CHED TPMES
Precious Joan Sibulboro | 2011-26-01 03:33:22 PM

    The CHED Technical Panel for Marine and Environmental Science (TPMES) conducted on October 8, 2010 its initial (on-site) evaluation of the MS in Environmental Management Program. The aforementioned program is being offered by the Environmental Management Institute (EMI) thru Institute of Graduate Studies (IGS)

    The objective of the assessment in general is to create an accurate picture of the marine/ environmental programs in the Philippines in light of CHED Memorandum Order No. 35 series 2005 pertaining to policies and standards for the curricular offering and in view of rationalizing the marine and other environmental programs in the country.

    Prior to the on-site evaluation, CHED provided a survey instrument to be filled up by the program(s) to be visited. The survey instrument serves as a guide for the evaluators.
    
    Headed by Dr. Rhodora Azanza of the UP Marine Science Institute, the team validated the data submitted by the EMI/ Department of Environmental Management. Other members of the team are Dr. Eric Punzalan of the UP Marine Science Institute, Dr. Teresita B. de Leon of CHED III Regional Office and Ms. Aline G. Magalong, representative of the CHED Central Office.

    A short program was held at the IGS Mini-theater wherein the Dean, Dr. Soledad Mina-Roguel gave the team an overview of the curricular programs of the IGS.

    Following the short program, the team conducted an ocular inspection of the facilities and interview with the Director of the Environmental Management Institute and Chairman of the Department of Environmental Management of IGS, Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto and other faculty members of the department.

    In the exit meeting, Dr. Azanza revealed the summary of their findings. The team agreed that the MSEM program has shown capability to sufficiently address the needs of the program in a special niche- the agroecosystem. She also emphasized to capitalize on this field of specialization to further strengthen the program. Agroecosystem refers to agricultural system that includes the living and nonliving components involved in it as well as their interactions.
 
    As a recommendation, the team mentioned that there should be a core faculty for the program who shall carry out the objectives of the program and the department as well. 
 
    BS Chemistry Program was also evaluated during the aforementioned CHED visit.

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