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XU-Ateneo de Cagayan maintains COE status in Education & Sociology

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (20 October) -- Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan (XU-Ateneo) in Cagayan de Oro City has maintained its status as Center of Excellence (COE) in the fields of Education and Sociology (honorific) among the 74 higher education institutions (HEI) in Northern Mindanao.

This data is shown in the list of COE/Centers of Development (COD) published by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in the region as of Sept. 2005 which also indicate that XU-Ateneo has attained the COE status since calendar year 2002.

Per guidelines set by CHED, a COE is a unit within any HEI with a strong graduate school program in the Basic and Applied Sciences and Mathematics, a faculty with strong research capability and its academic and research output recognized both locally and abroad.

Sharing with XU-Ateneo’s COE status are the following HEIs: Liceo de Cagayan University (LDCU), also in CDO for Nursing, Central Mindanao University (CMU), Musuan, Maramag, Bukidnon for Forestry and Agriculture and Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), Iligan City for Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Mathematics.

Meanwhile, XU-Ateneo has also maintained its COD status on the following fields: Business Education, Chemical Engineering (Chem En’g), Chemistry, Civil Engineering (CE), Electrical Engineering (EE), Information Technology Education (ITE), Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Medicine.

A COD is described as a unit within any HEI with a strong undergraduate program and a strong potential to develop its faculty in research, Eloisa W. Paderaga, Ph.D., Regional Director of CHED-10 said

The other HEI’s which have maintained their COD status are: CMU for Biology, Cagayan Capitol College now Capitol University, also in CDO for CE, MSU-IIT for CE, EE, ITE, ME, Metallurgical Engineering, Ceramics Engineering and Electronics & Communication Engineering (ECE) and MSU-Naawan, Misamis Oriental for Marine Science.

“As of Sept., last year, the distribution of the COEs/CODs by program or discipline is as follows: Engineering Programs, 11, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, 7, IT, 3, Agriculture, Forestry and Marine Science, 3, Teacher, Business Education and Sociology, 3 and Medicine and Nursing, 2,” Paderanga also said. (PIA 10) [top]

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