13 December 2018

DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña signs the Memorandum of Understanding together with the Presidents, VPAA, Deans, and Project Directors of the consortium-member universities under the CBPSME

More applicants from the different parts of the country will soon avail of the graduate scholarship programs in science and mathematics education of the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) as it forges a new cooperation agreement with additional higher education institutions (HEIs) strategically located in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. 

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed last December 10, 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City between DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña and the Presidents of the premier HEIs such as the Ateneo de Manila University, Bicol University, Central Luzon State University, De La Salle University, Mariano Marcos State University, Mindanao State University – Marawi, Philippine Normal University, University of San Carlos, University of the Philippines - Open University (Los Baños), University of the Philippines – College of Education (Diliman, Quezon City), Western Mindanao State University, and West Visayas State University. Cebu Normal University, Leyte Normal University, Saint Mary’s University, and Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology also joined the consortium. 

The partnership aims to improve the quality of science and mathematics education in the country and to accelerate the development of critical mass of experts in science and mathematics education through the program called Capacity Building Program in Science and Mathematics Education (CBPSME).  With a total of 16 consortium-universities, the DOST-SEI hopes to encourage more scholars who wish to pursue higher education in their respective fields of specializations without the need to go far from their homes.

“We are hopeful that with the signing of this MoU, we shall have more scholars and we can look forward to the fruits of this collaboration – a better STEM education for our young people,” Secretary De La Peña said. (30)