The University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) – Claveria is committed to offer relevant and quality technological, professional and vocational education and training in agriculture, environmental, arts and sciences, engineering and technology, and education to provide globally competent professionals, world-class leaders, and entrepreneurs through development interventions and technological breakthroughs in research, instruction, extension and productive resource management that enhance quality of life, promote peace and harmony among people and natural integrity in Southern Philippines and the ASEAN countries.
USTP-Claveria is a public institution of tertiary education located in the upland farming community of Claveria, one of the 24 towns composing the province of Misamis Oriental. Prides itself with its God-given gifts of invigorating natural fresh air, green, tranquil scenes and peaceful environment, far from the hullabaloo of the city. Elevation of 600m above sea level and overlooking Macajalar and Gingoog Bays. Claveria Campus is 60 km away from Lumbia Airport and can be reached in an hour ride north-east from the provinces capital city, Cagayan de Oro.
In 1963, USTP-Claveria started as Claveria Municipal High School run by this municipality and later in 1967 its status was elevated as Claveria National Rural High School under the Bureau of Vocational Education. In 1983, Batas Pambansa No. 402 expanded its frontier as a state college which from then on carries the banner as the Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology or MOSCAT. In this transformation, it also raises its level of prominence being one of the accredited institutions of higher learning in agriculture, environmental science and management, food technology, arts and allied sciences.
In the national scene, the higher education sector in the country has been grappling with issues of meager budget, graduates with mismatched skills relative to labor market and industry demand, limited access by poor but deserving students, and being and alleged main cause of the national economy’s lack of innovations and low productivity. With globalization moving faster with the aid of information and communication technology (ICT), it has also been facing stiff competition in the international arena.
Amidst all these, two trailblazing SUCs in the Mindanao took the “road less taken” in joining forces and responded to the call of amalgamation.
Thus, the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) was born – the product of long years of analysis and deep understanding of the Philippine higher education sector, a steadfast desire to contribute to the public higher education reform, and a brave move towards the unknown with a strong faith to succeed.
By virtue of Republic Act (RA) 10919, MOSCAT and Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) officially became the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTsP) after amalgamation was approved by Congress on July 27, 2015, then lapsed into law on July 21, 2016.
The amalgamation broaden its mandate offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in engineering, science, technology, agriculture and environment. Aiming for recognition in ASEAN nations and global arena in terms of science and technology, human resource development, research, innovations and extension as its vital contribution to the national economy.
To date, the campus has 65 ha for its main campus and 32 ha for its field laboratories and production enterprises. Its mandate is to continue serving its clienteles through research, extension, instruction and production with the end of attaining the national development goals.
With education as the front core, faculty and staff continue enhancing their professional capabilities through trainings local and abroad. It is also the function of the campus to acquire more instructional facilities and equipment to serve the need for its academic programs. It provides scholarships to poor but deserving students through funding institutions/agencies.
From the total of 87 campus employees, 43 are faculty members while 44 are administrative and support staff. 22 or 51% of the Faculty are holding PhDs, 18 or 42% are holding Master’s Degree yet currently pursuing their PhDs, while 7% are bachelors degree pursuing their masters studies.
The conduct of research continually generates new technologies packaged or demonstrated designed to help farmers improve farming techniques. Well-coordinated extension programs are conducted through local and external linkages. Its RDEO Farmers Information and Technology Services Center in collaboration with PCARRD and NOMCARRD has been open to serve clients needing information and technology services.
Dr. Ricardo E. Rotoras was appointed as the first President of the University and Dr. Rosalito A. Quirino as the first Campus Chancellor. Their vision as it were the revelation of the plan of the Almighty is for USTP to produce quality graduates imbued to become productive world leaders.
Under the USTsP, The University System is headed by the University President, while the three (3) major campuses namely Alubijid Campus (Main), Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro Campus , and the Claveria Campus are administered by their respective Chancellors. Satellite campuses include the Jasaan, Misamis Oriental, Oroquieta city and Panaon, Misamis Occidental which will be managed by an Executive Dean.
The new vision and mission, university development framework and goals and the organizational structure of the university have been institutionalized in performing its mandate.
Inherent to its functions, it supports the region’s thrust and programs by offering programs in demand to help its graduates find gainful employment.
USTP’s role has been an all-out servant of the people in its service area in accelerating intellectual growth and development
Anchored to this vision and mission are the four-fold functions that the college upholds namely, instruction, research, extension and production that every USTPeans strive to realize through a culture reflected in the UST Core Values.