A first in SE Asia: Ilocos Norte univ opens graduate course on renewable energy for engineers

Cherry Joy D. Garma

BATAC CITY, Ilocos Norte – State-run Mariano Marcos State University in Batac City, Ilocos Norte is now accepting engineering graduates who would like to enroll for the Professional Science Master’s in Renewable Energy Engineering (PSM-REE) program.

A first in Southeast Asia, the program was established in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Science, Technology, Research, and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) and the Energy Development Corporation (EDC).

Dr. Prima Fe Franco, officer-in-charge of MMSU, said the two-year program will provide advanced skills professional training and managerial capability building for industry and academic personnel.


“This program is designed for the needs of the industry, we send them to school for masters in science so that they will be a part of the renewable energy industry,” said Franco.

According to Franco, they are ready to accommodate enrollees for academic year 2016-2017 who will pay the same fee as the other graduate school programs.

“We have already informed all our stakeholders, we conducted a survey to those who are interested with the programs, including other schools, universities and the industry and their response is positive,” she said.

Franco guaranteed that graduates of the program do not have to worry on employment. More so, finishers of the curriculum are expected to spearhead researches, programs, and projects that harness the development of alternative energy for national self-sufficiency, self-reliance and self-sustainability, Franco added.

During the launching program on August 11, a memorandum of understanding was signed between officials of the university together with Research Triangle Institute (RTI) and EDC for the development of the master’s program.

RTI is the main implementer of the USAID-STRIDE project, which aims to realize and boost economic development goals and objectives in the country through science and technology research.

“This collaboration is a significant achievement that supports our mutual goal to propel the Philippines to achieve and sustain broad-based economic growth and development,” said Dr. Susan Brems, USAID mission director for the Philippines, Pacific Islands and Mongolia.

The program is expected to further strengthen the reputation of the MMSU and the province of Ilocos Norte as advocates of renewable energy.

Ilocos Norte is considered the heart of renewable energy facilities as well as the renewable energy and windmill capital in Southeast Asia. (JNPD/CJDG, PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)







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