Scholarship program yields 12 graduates

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Saturday, March 29, 2014


A TOTAL of 12 scholars from different schools in Southern Mindanao graduated on March 25 at the Seda Hotel for successfully completing their Masters in Education studies under the University of Newcastle (UoN) in Australia and the University of Mindanao partnership research program.

The program, which began in 2010, is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through the Philippine Australia Human Resource and Organizational Development Facilities (PAHDORF).

The program selected 12 private and public teachers who were given the opportunity to finish various academic master degrees focusing on education research within the Master of Educational Studies (MEdStud) in the School of Education of UoN.

The graduates this year are: Carlo Estrada Carado of Cor Jesu College, Melina C. Gonzales of Holy Cross College of Calinan, Arnulfo S. Masong and Jennie S. Trumpeta of Holy Cross of Davao College, Jane Lendio of Mindanao State University in Tawi-Tawi, Ma. Cinderella D. Asong of Notre Dame of Marbel University, Ana Helena Lovitos and Pedrito Castillo II of The University of Mindanao, Katherine Pilongo and Krishna Lirpa Perez-Tulen of The University Mindanao in Tagum City, and Eric Roland R. Natividad, and Jervil F. Omaga of Western Mindanao State University.

The scholars were the first batch of graduates of the UoN-UM partnership.

Geoff King, counselor for development cooperation of the Australian DFAT in the Australian Embassy in Manila, said the scholars were sent to Australia for 18 months to do course work and they returned to the Philippines to do their field work, research and thesis.

"What we try to do here is not only train and build the capacity of the scholars, but also to build linkages that will improve research in the universities in the Philippines and Australia," he said.

Dr. Guillermo P. Torres Jr., UM chairman and president, said in his message that the program helped improve the scholars.

"It has enhanced their professional knowledge, competence, skills, expertise, and technology to the fullest and unlocked avenues of opportunities for their growth and development, thus, making them more productive citizens of their community and the country," he said.

Winnie Eley, UoN Pro vice-chancellor, said: "As you continue to learn and apply your knowledge, do not be afraid to be mentored by those who are in position to do so and also be prepared to give generously of your knowledge and experience to mentor others."

Prior to the graduation ceremony, a colloquium was conducted in the morning. King said the top four students presented their thesis.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 29, 2014.

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