PSM and BU ink MOU for university's membership in Microbiology Consortium

Thursday August 2,2018

For the advancement of knowledge in the field of microbiology, the Philippine Society for Microbiology Incorporated (PSM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bicol University for the university’s membership to the Microbiology Consortium of the Bicol region.

During the PSM Convention last July 19 at the Oriental Hotel in Legazpi City, BU President Dr. Arnulfo Mascariñas, along with other officials of Bicol University, met up with the representatives of PSM for the signing of the said MOU.

The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and the PSM, through their continuing collaborative project on “Expanding the Microbiology Workforce through Education”, have been conducting meetings to establish Microbiology Consortia among HEIs offering a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree in various regions in the Philippines. The creation of consortia is viewed as the best approach to increase the number of universities offering the microbiology track in their BS Biology programs and to produce the much needed microbiologists in the country.

Towards this end, follow‐up activities, which included the holding of symposia and write shops on the Outcome‐based Education System in Microbiology for the teaching of Microbiology courses, have also been conducted. Furthermore, a Microbiology Consortium Committee, whose membership includes 11 well‐known microbiologists in the country, has been created to oversee activities.

After a series of meetings and analysis of pertinent documents, Bicol University has been identified by the PSM as a potential member of a Microbiology Consortium that is being established in the Bicol region.

In the MOU signed by PSM and BU, the university will be joining the consortium with an end goal of collaborating in programs to produce graduates in Microbiology and other related fields with enough background knowledge to qualify for the Registered Microbiologist examination, or to offer Microbiology degree programs in the future.