PROFESSIONALS who are seeking to step up their career in power engineering will have the opportunity to access a new course that is available in Mindanao. The University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTSP) launched on Wednesday, January 11, its Professional Science Master's (PSM) degree for interested students.
USTSP's PSM degree will specialize in Power Systems Engineering and Management and will be offered by the university's College of Engineering and Architecture. To assist in the scientific research aspect of the program, USTSP taps the assistance of the Science and Technology Research Innovation Development (Stride) program by the United States Agency for International Development (Usaid). The program's implementation will start at the beginning of school year 2017-2018.
A graduate of the PSM in Power Systems Engineering and Management program will be qualified for future leading positions in power generation, power transmission, and distribution project management in research and development areas in power sector industries. The 41-unit program will equip students with a combination of technical and management skills that will equip students to lead engineering projects and firms.
Aside from Usaid, USTSP has also partnered with concerned industries like Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc., Cagayan Electric Power & Light Co., Inc., Mindanao Energy Systems, Inc., and FDC Utilities, Inc. These companies will lend a hand in the training and employment of the program's students.
"As statistics have shown in the recent past, the country has experienced a considerable wave of unemployment in its workforce. Even if we have a booming economy and rich natural resources, but then a big chunk of our workforce are either unemployed or is experiencing a job mismatch. That is why, introducing this program in the university will help not only the students but also the power industry especially in Mindanao" Lawyer Dionel Albina, proponent of the USTSP PSM Program said.
Qualified applicants for the program are graduates of Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Engineering courses. However, admission may also be granted to applicants with good training in other allied engineering fields.
"The University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines is of course, following its mission to further the technology here in Mindanao. With the implementation of this program, there will be more careers for our professionals and more research can be done for the future. To be able to give the best to the future generation, it is best to start doing programs like this now," said USTSP president Ricardo Rotoras.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on January 12, 2017.