UE Produces Two New Topnotchers in Real Estate Appraisers Licensure Exam!

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Congratulations to UE’s latest topnotchers: new Real Estate Appraisers Larrgie Carpio Lores and Giovanni Ferdinand Aguilon Leynes!

Ms. Lores earned 2nd Place (rating: 87.50%), while Atty. Leynes earned 10th Place (rating: 83.50%) in the April 2016 Real Estate Appraiser Exams administered by the Professional Regulation Commission.

Ms. Lores (see photo) is a UE College of Business Administration-Manila graduate twice over, earning her BS Accounting Technology degree, Magna Cum Laude, in April 2013, and her BS Accountancy degree in Summer 2014.

She is a Commission on Higher Education “Tulong Dunong” Merit Scholar during her stay in UE. In addition, she was a UE College Scholar in school year 2009-2010, a University President Scholar in SY 2010-2011 and a University Scholar for SYs 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. And she was a UE Academic Excellence Awardee in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

Ms. Lores was a member of the Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (JPIA), Management Students Society of UE (MASSUE) and the Business Administration Mathematics Society (BAMS).

Atty. Leynes, meanwhile, is a December 2001 Bachelor of Laws graduate of the UE College of Law. He passed the September 2002 Philippine Bar Exam.

Cheers to Ms. Lores and Atty. Leynes as well as to all UE graduates who passed the April 2016 Real Estate Appraisers Licensure Exam!

UE Student Wins Best Delegate, Best Position Paper in CSB Model UN Conference

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Congratulations to AB International Studies (AB IS) student Mariah Clarisse Rafael of the UE College of Arts and Sciences-Manila (CAS Manila) for receiving multiple awards in the 18th Benilde Model United Nations Conference! The event was held from April 6 to 9, 2016 at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) in Malate, Manila.

Ms. Rafael, an incoming senior who represented the Federal Republic of Germany in the conference’s UN Economic and Social Council, was awarded the Honorable Delegate Award and Best Position Paper.

Other UE AB IS students who participated in the summit were incoming seniors Maria Winzel Magbuo, Joshua Bernard Espena, John Edward Barretto, May Hare, Xiara Olana Magtibay, Moira Emille Crisostomo, Patrick Earl Binua and Mariel Joy Fabella; incoming juniors Joaquin Alfonso Toledo, Myril Reglos and Todd Fernandez; and incoming sophomores Luis Gabriel Dormiendo and Elaine Joy Saulon.

The conference was organized by the DLS-CSB School of Multidisciplinary Studies.

Congratulations, International Studies Warrior, and keep up the good work!

UE: First Ever Southeast Asian Academic Chapter of International Game Developers Association!

The photo here shows UE CCSS Dean Rodany Merida (2nd from right) with (from left) UE CCSS Prof. Bon Jorelle Domingo; IGDA Manila Board Member and Buko Studios Co-founder/Partner-Project Manager Cherry Boase; IGDA Manila Vice Chairman, Halina’t Bumasa Co-founder and Games by Nico Manager Marie Therese Tuason; and UE CCSS Prof. and Department of EMC Chair Ma. Ymelda Batalla.

The photo here shows UE CCSS Dean Rodany Merida (2nd from right) with (from left) UE CCSS Prof. Bon Jorelle Domingo; IGDA Manila Board Member and Buko Studios Co-founder/Partner-Project Manager Cherry Boase; IGDA Manila Vice Chairman, Halina’t Bumasa Co-founder and Games by Nico Manager Marie Therese Tuason; and UE CCSS Prof. and Department of EMC Chair Ma. Ymelda Batalla.

A newer, and international-level, milestone has also been achieved by the UE College of Computer Studies and Systems (CCSS) this early in 2016: As of April 4, 2016, it has attained the historic distinction of being the first ever Southeast Asian academic institution to be listed as an academic chapter of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA)!

Not only has the UE CCSS bested other Philippine schools to this distinction, it has likewise bested its counterpart schools elsewhere in Southeast Asia. While certain other Southeast Asian countries, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, are established IGDA members, they are listed as IGDA professional/industry chapters and not as purely academic ones.

The exclusive list of 38 IGDA academic chapters can be seen here: https://www.igda.org/?page=chaptersacademic. Seen alongside the University of the East on the list are 31 US universities and schools and six others based in Canada, Mexico, Australia and Japan.

The IGDA, as defined in the Association’s website, is the “largest non-profit membership organization in the world serving all individuals who create games. As an international organization, we are a global network of collaborative projects and communities comprised of individuals from all fields of game development―from programmers and producers to writers, artists, QA and localization. We bring together developers at key industry conferences, in over 90 Chapters and in Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to improve their lives and their craft. We advocate on behalf of our membership to ensure quality of life, perpetuation of our craft and preparing the next generation of developers…”

The IGDA’s mission is to “advance the careers and enhance the lives of game developers by connecting members with their peers, promoting professional development, and advocating on issues that affect the developer community.”

According to UE CCSS Prof. Bon Jorelle Domingo of the College’s Department of Entertainment and Multimedia Computing (BSEMC) who is also a Board Member of IGDA Manila, plans for the establishment of an IGDA academic chapter here date back to October 2015, via talks in UE Manila between the IGDA Manila Board Members and UE CCSS representatives led by Dean Rodany Merida and Prof. Ma. Ymelda Batalla, the latter the Department Chair of the UE CCSS Department of Entertainment and Multimedia Computing.

“IGDA of the East” is what the chapter will be called and, per Prof. Domingo, and it is aimed “to bridge aspiring developers to the expansive world of gaming and its industry. They are to bring forth young and talented students to be dexterously skilled professionals who will be able to meet the innovative and competitive demands of the gaming world. The students will be exposed in every possible way and be trained to the greatest extent of their abilities.”

The IGDA of the East, whose operations will formally start in June 2016, in time for the start of new-school-year classes in UE, is comprised in part by three UE CCSS students:

Grace Bernadette Angeles as Chairman of the Board, a 3rd-year student taking up BSEMC with specialization in Game Development;

Grazielle Alexa Garcines as Vice Chairman of the Board, who is also in her 3rd year as a BSEMC student but whose specialization is Digital Animation; and

Ronniel Vincent San Juan as Executive Secretary, a 3rd-year Bachelor of Science in Computer Science student who is also a UE-Tan Yan Kee Foundation Inc. scholar.

Prof. Ma. Ymelda Batalla is the IGDA of the East’s Faculty Adviser.

Further details can be read in Prof. Domingo’s report via the IGDA Manila website here: http://www.igdamanila.org/university-of-the-east-manila-hailed-as-the-first-igda-academic-chapter-in-southeast-asia/.

This outstanding achievement comes on the heels of the CCSS’ being designated as a Commission on Higher Education-certified Center of Excellence in Information Technology Education (https://www.facebook.com/UniversityoftheEastUE/photos/a.134261453292816.41476.114576328594662/1106391249413160/?type=3&theater&notif_t=like&notif_id=1460784871166274).

So congratulations to the entire UE College of Computer Studies and Systems community in general and its Department of Entertainment and Multimedia Computing faculty members and students in particular for making the College an internationally recognized academic chapter in game development!

UE College of Computer Studies and Systems: a CHED-certified Center of Excellence in Information Technology Education!

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Not one but two major milestones for the University of the East have come about this early in the year via the UE College of Computer Studies and Systems (CCSS)!

The first and earlier one of these two developments is the UE CCSS’ designation by the Commission on Higher Education as a Center of Excellence in Information Technology Education! (More on the other milestone in a later post.)

This official designation, which comes after at least five years of the CCSS’ being a CHED-certified Center of Development, came via CHED Memorandum Order No. 07 Series of 2016 signed by CHED Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan and dated February 22, 2016.

CHED defines a Center of Excellence in IT education as “college/departments within higher education institutions offering distinct IT academic programs that have continuously exhibited excellent qualities in producing quality IT professionals relevant to the needs of the industry, and in research and extension service.” It is CHED’s policy to recognize deserving institutions as Centers of Excellence “for the development of world-class scholarship, nation building and national development.”

CHED-certified Centers of Excellence have the following roles and responsibilities:
   1. Act as role models/leaders in the local, regional and national communities;
   2. Sustain and enhance research capabilities and upgrade professional or research graduate programs in information technology;
   3. Provide assistance to agencies/institutions within their geographical area of coverage;
   4. Undertake other activities/projects necessary in developing quality education in IT;
   5. Accelerate the development of IT through strategic developmental programs and projects;
   6. Develop instructional program quality through faculty development activities and upgrading of facilities and library resources;
   7. Undertake basic and applied research activities on emerging trends and advancements in the field; and
   8. Undertake extension and linkage projects through regional or national consortia agreements, internationalization activities and industry-academe collaborations.

CHED entitles a Center of Excellence to the following grants and benefits:
   1. Priority in the selection of CHED institutional partners with regard to other CHED developmental projects, and
   2. Entitlement to other non-monetary subsidies and awards such as graduate scholarships for faculty members, priority for CHED research grants, and consideration for conversion to university status and identification as autonomous or deregulated institutions.

The UE CCSS’ new designation as a Center of Excellence in IT Education is good for three years subject to regular monitoring by CHED.

It is also worth noting that the UE CSSS’ Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program is one of only four college courses that UE will offer to incoming college freshmen of school year 2016-2017 (i.e., graduates of early Senior High School adapter-schools and those due to have been freshmen last June), due in part to the introduction of Grade 11 in the coming school year. (The three other courses are Bachelor of Science in Accounting Technology; Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, major in Business Management; and Pre-Dentistry.)

So CONGRATULATIONS to the entire UE College of Computer Studies and Systems community in general and its Department of Information Technology constituency in particular for the UE CCSS’ landmark designation as a CHED-certified Center of Excellence in IT Education!

UE Graduate is 5th Placer in Iranian Dental Board Exam!

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Dr. Amin Radfard, an April 2015 Doctor of Dental Medicine graduate of the UE College of Dentistry, made it to the Top 5 of the Iranian Dental Board Examination, earning 5th Place!

The 26-year-old dental health professional earned the fifth highest passing mark in the Iranian National Dentistry Board Exam that was conducted by the Sanjesh Medical Education Testing Center on January 5, 2016, at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Like Dr. Radfard, the examinees took up Dentistry outside of Iran, in countries such as Hungary, Turkey, Ukraine, Armenia, India and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Radfard, who had completed his Pre-Dentistry studies under the UE College of Dentistry in 2011, had been an accomplished UE CDent student. He was a UE scholar for two semesters during his Dentistry Proper years: a full University President scholar in the first semester of SY 2011-2012 and a half College Scholar in the first semester of SY 2012-2013.

He was a UE CDent Dean’s Lister in the second semester of SY 2012-2013, and won 2nd Place in the UE College of Dentistry’s 1st Research Poster Presentation held on September 25, 2014, in line with UE’s 68th Foundation Anniversary. His undergraduate research study was titled “Minimum Inhibitory Concentration of Berberis vulgaris L. and Cuminum cyminum against Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Enterococcus faecalis.”

In his personal post on Facebook about his achievement, Dr. Radfard, is looking towards specializing in orthodontics through his upcoming masteral studies, said that, “I’m so blessed that I ranked Top 5 in the recent Iranian National Dentistry Board Exam. Dreams come true if you have the courage to pursue them. Now I realize the real difference between UE graduates and others. I’d like to share this to all my professors in UE, especially to those who supported me along the way and taught me not only the subject matters but also lessons in life. I dedicate this achievement to my parents who are always patient and supportive just to see my success.”

Congratulations, Dr. Amin Radfard! And congratulations to everyone in the UE College of Dentistry, producer of topnotchers in the Philippines and even abroad!

UE Biology Students Attain NMAT Top Scores!

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Two students of the UE College of Arts and Sciences-Manila got high percentile rankings in the October 2015 National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) conducted by the Center for Educational Measurement Inc. at the University of Santo Tomas.

Attaining percentile ranks higher than 90 were incoming UE BS Biology seniors Earl Jhun M. Caballar (99+) and Rizza Carreon (92).

The NMAT is designed to measure abilities deemed useful for selection purposes in Philippine medical schools.
Congratulations, Biology Warriors!

UE BS Biology Students Win Best Position Paper in Biology Teachers’ Convention

The photo shows (from left): Mr. Solon, Dr. Arriola, Mr. Domingo and Ms. Espinosa.

The photo shows (from left): Mr. Solon, Dr. Arriola, Mr. Domingo and Ms. Espinosa.

A group of BS Biology students from the UE College of Arts and Sciences-Manila won Best Poster Presentation (Scientific Research Conference) in the recent Biology Teachers Association of the Philippines (BIOTA) Annual National Convention and Scientific Sessions. The event was held from April 7 to 9, 2016, at the University of the Philippines-Los Baños Campus.

John Paul S. Domingo and Ryonne T. Solon, who both graduated from UE last April 22, and John Carlo D. Orga, an incoming fourth-year student, submitted the research titled “Contributing to Philippines’ Biodiversity: Novelties in the Philippine Psychotria L. (Rubiceae) Inferred from Molecular Data and Morphology.” The paper was written under the guidance of their research advisers, namely Professor Grecebio Jonathan D. Alejandro of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) and Dr. Axel H. Arriola of the UE CAS Manila Department of Biology.

Another UE group composed of now April 2016 UE BS Biology graduate Elaine Grace Espinosa and Kevin John Albano, Deborah Angad and Arnel Pelayo, all April 2015 BS Biology graduates of UE CAS Manila, also participated in the presentation. Their group, with Prof. Alejandro and Dr. Arriola as research advisers, submitted a presentation titled “Inferences on Biogeographical Histories of the Philippine Octotropideae (Rubiaceae) Utilizing Multiple cpDNA Sequences.”

Both poster presentations were among the 53 entries from various colleges and universities from all over the country presented in the convention. Others came from such schools as the University of the Philppines-Diliman, Ateneo de Manila University, Far Eastern University, UST, Centro Escolar University and Capiz State University-Pontevedra Campus.

Congratulations, Biology Warriors!

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Congratulations, Warrior Topnotcher! Engr. Paul E. Quibuyen

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Big, big CONGRATULATIONS to UE College of Engineering-Manila Electronics Engineering graduate Paul Esteban Quibuyen for landing in 1st Place in the April 2016 Electronics Engineer Licensure Board Exam!

Garnering an overall score of 89.30, Engr. Quibuyen, and in effect, UE CEng’g Manila, bested examinees from engineering colleges nationwide, including Top 10 placers from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, Saint Louis University, De La Salle University-Manila, New Era University, Technological Institute of the Philippines-Quezon City and -Manila, Mapua Institute of Technology-Manila, and University of Mindanao-Tagum.

Engr. Quibuyen, who had been a UE-Tan Yan Kee Foundation Inc. scholar, earned his Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering degree from UE on April 16, 2015.

The recent Electronics Engineering (formerly Electronics and Communications Engineering or ECE) board exam was administered by the Professional Regulation Commission and the PRC Board of Electronics Engineering just last April 3 and 4. Further details, such as the complete list of UE’s successful board examinees, to follow.

Cheers to newly minted Warrior Electronics Engineer Paul E. Quibuyen and to everyone the UE College of Engineering-Manila!

UE LAGUNA: THE DAWN OF A NEW UE CAMPUS

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April 11, 2016, a Monday morning, more than marked the start of a brand new week. This fateful day likewise marked a major milestone in UE history: the birth of a brand new University of the East campus, UE Laguna.

On this date, in the presence of UE trustees, academic and administrative officers, as well as our colleagues from the UE Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center Inc., the Tan Yan Kee Foundation Inc. and other member institutions of the Lucio Tan Group of Companies, our partners in Mohri, Architect & Associates Inc. and Mohri & P.A. Associates Inc., along with key local government officials of Laguna and other special guests, we conducted the ceremonial groundbreaking of what is to become UE Laguna.

A vital and vibrant addition to Eton City once fully developed and opened, UE Laguna would also be the largest UE campus yet. It would be capable of accommodating thousands and generations of students from the pre-school to tertiary levels—an academic institution conducive to providing quality education for countless future leaders, achievers, topnotchers and champions able to make their mark not just locally but also internationally.

We in UE are thankful to the Almighty for this and numerous other blessings in UE’s continued, formidable existence for, as of this year, the past seven decades. We are likewise grateful to all of our fellow members in the UE community—officers, professors, employees, students and alumni—as well as our partners in making this dream of a brand new University of the East campus, UE Laguna, a bold, vivid and genuine reality.

(from the UE Laguna groundbreaking ceremony commemorative message signed by UE Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Lucio C. Tan and UE President and Chief Academic Officer Ester Albano Garcia

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