Empowering Faculty Excellence: USTP, AIT partners in Faculty Development

By Kristine Jane M. Laid, USTP System STRATCOMM

The University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) continues to provide development programs through scholarships for further study of postgraduate programs.

The Faculty Development Program (FDP) aims to support faculty members in achieving greater heights in their careers, reinforcing their important role in the University’s core functions of Instruction, Research, Extension, and Innovation.

USTP Faculty Development Program

For years, USTP has partnered with various local and international institutions to provide scholarships for faculty and staff to pursue further education. These scholarships were made possible through USTP’s funding and support from other government agencies. When accepted, the scholars have the opportunity to study in their preferred chosen program in institutions.

Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultura II, USTP System President, emphasized the importance of development programs through consistent collaboration and partnership with different institutions.

Faculty Development Program is one of the important components, especially in Higher Education, because faculty and staff are the most important resource in the university. They are the frontliners in the delivery of the function of the University, which is Instruction, Research, Extension, and Innovation,” Dr. Cultura II remarked in his 2023 Magnified: The USTP and Faculty and Staff Scholars interview.

Collaboration with Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)

One of the unique opportunities offered by the partnership is the chance to pursue postgraduate programs at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). AIT, founded in 1959, is an international institution renowned for its programs in engineering, environment, and management studies, located in northern Bangkok, Thailand.

AIT has been instrumental in shaping the careers of many successful individuals, including the first USTP System President, the late Dr. Ricardo E. Rotoras, and the USTP Cagayan de Oro Chancellor, Atty. Dionel O. Albina. Their journey from AIT to their esteemed positions is a testament to the transformative power of education and the opportunities it can open up.

FDP scholar Engr. Kristina P. Badec at Bangkok, Thailand

Engr. Kristina P. Badec, a scholar recipient of AIT’s Sustainable Energy Transition Program, shared her motivation for choosing AIT in an interview in one of the episodes of USTP’s LunChat. She shared that her decision was driven by her interest in the program, which aligns with the new Doctorate of Energy Engineering program offered by the College of Engineering and Architecture of USTP CDO.

The collaboration between USTP and AIT is not just a partnership, but a shared vision. It aims to strengthen scholars in various fields, particularly research and innovation, contributing significantly to both institutions’ vision and mission. This alignment ensures that the partnership will be fruitful and beneficial for all involved.

AIT underscores its vision of “Where research and education contribute to the development of Asia, by making AIT more global, more innovative, more entrepreneurial, and more economically relevant–while leveraging on its social impact core strengths.

To learn more about AIT, visit their website at https://ait.ac.th/about/.