Leyte Samar Daily Express
TACLOBAN CITY — Top officials of the Commission on Higher Education and Biliran officials are to lead in today’s launching of the Naval State University, with the investiture of its president among the highlights.
The conversion of the Naval Institute of Technology into a full-pledge university is one that should not only be celebrated by school personnel and students but also by the entire province, Doctor Edita Genson, the first university president, said.
“This is really a historical celebration as no amount of money can compensate the happiness that we are all feeling right now that we are a full-pledge university,” Genson said.
According to her, aside from the “prestige” brought by the conversion, the NSU will also help in boosting the province’s economy.
Genson, who will be inducted as the first university president in today’s occasion, also said that the conversion would result to a much better quality of education. In fact, the school has been an awardee for being one of the pioneers on the implementation of the Ladderized program.
“And no, there will be no tuition fee increase,” she stressed.
Genson said that as a way of giving importance of the conversion of the NIT into a full-pledge state university, a series of activities has been lined up to be attended by top officials of Ched and provincial officials, to include Rep. Glenn Chong, who sponsored a bill for the conversion.
The conversion of the NIT into a state university was made possible through the efforts of Chong whose House Bill 4414 was approved by Congress and signed into law by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
The conversion of the NIT into a state university was contained under Republic Act 9718, which took effect last October 14.
The newly-converted state university, with its forerunner founded 37 years ago, has a student population of over 6,000 enrolled at their main campus with another 410 students enrolled at their satellite campus located in Biliran, Biliran. It has over 500 teachers and personnel.
The NSU offers 35 courses which include Law, education, nursing, hotel and restaurant management, among other major curricular offering.
The NSU also offers bio-medical technology, the only school in the entire region which offers such a course.
Genson said that leading today’s activities is the unveiling of the new emblem of the university and raising of its university banner. The school façade will also be changed from its previous name to now being a university.
The investiture of Genson as the first university president will be witnessed by top Ched officials led by Commissioner Nona Ricafort, who is also the presiding chairman of the NSU Board of Regents.
Aside from Rep. Chong, also to witness the ceremony are Governor Roger Espina, Naval Mayor Susan Parilla and other mayors of the province. Monsignor Filomeno Bactol will be the main celebrant during the Holy Mass.
By JOEY A. GABIETA