Aimed to bring together an estimated 100 academe, researchers, extension service implementers and interested entities to a venue in presenting updates on both local and international education trends in higher education, American University of Sovereign Nations(AUSN) and Bicol University jointly held a Global Alternative Technologies I Education (GATE) Conference at Casablanca Hotel on October 26-28, 2016.
The conference brought in new perspectives and insights on interesting topics to include Internationalization of Higher Education by Ms. Nelly Wadsworth, director of International Education Center, Fitchburg State University, Massachusetts, USA; Bio-ethics in Education by Prof. Darryl R.J. Macer, president of American University of Sovereign Nations, Arizona, USA; HEIs Contribution to Local Development through Research-based Extension Programs by Ms. Agnes M. Espinas, director of Region V National Economic and Development Authority, and Academic Publishing by Prof. Jonalou S.J. Labor of the University of the Philippines Diliman. Furthermore, it opened opportunities for partnerships and direction for innovation of policies in instruction, research along publication and extension. A Memorandum of Cooperation with the two universities in the US have been signed forging partnership and possible research and extension collaboration, faculty and student exchange and other related undertakings.
It is worth noting that Legazpi City Mayor Hon. Noel Rosal acknowledged BU to have been "in the forefront of innovation and research with countless activities and collaborative undertakings in the past [which] meant to improve educational programs and mentor proficiency in which this event can advocate knowledge sharing through collaboration across and beyond borders”. Vice-President for Administration Dr. Amelia Dorosan encouraged each one to facilitate "a free flow of information and knowledge to be relevant and useful to enable transformation into agents of change to produce leaders for a bright future”. Prof. Macer affirmed functional networking and said, “we should elaborate wisdom in thinking globalization, education, knowledge, technologies to meet people of the world to create decolonized university”.
Eleven groups of local researchers vied for the best paper competition with works along teaching and technology, research –based extension projects, curriculum, and research and development. Dr. Nicanor B. Balbin of BU College of Industrial Technology (BUCIT) emerged as the first best paper award for his work on the “Development and Evaluation of Refrigerant Recovery, Recharge and Vacuum Pump Apparatus with Refrigerated Cooling System". Second in rank was Dr. Dolores D. Laguilles of BU College of Social Sciences and Philosophy for authoring “Sex Disaggregated Data of the Teaching and Non-Teaching Personnel of Bicol University for 2013: An Explanatory Study”. Prof. Jayson Abrigo of BUCIT obtained the third best paper for presenting the “Hydro-Pneumatic Power Brake System Trainer”.
The Extension Service Center worked collaboratively with the Vice President for Academic Affairs Office, Global Linkage Office, Research and Development Center, and the College of Education in realizing this event. (Ma. Corazon R. Naz/ Rowena F. Zoilo/ ESC)