As St. Paul University Philippines adheres to its vision to become a premier global research university, it spearheaded for the third time an international research conference (IRC3), with the theme, “Emerging Trends and Innovative Approaches in Global Education for the Third Millennium,” held on Dec. 14-16, 2017, at the SPUP Global Center.
Converging over 300 delegates from all over the Philippines, as well as from Thailand, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Taiwan, Japan and Canada, the conference aimed to serve as an avenue for education leaders, researchers, project/ program implementers, innovators, other education specialists to participate in global forum around current innovations, best practices, noteworthy breakthroughs, opportunities and challenges pertinent to global education for the third millennium.
In her welcome message, Sr. Merceditas Ang, SPC, SPUP President, reiterated the urgent role of research in the academe and in all aspects of life. She articulated the need to create and transfer knowledge that will have universal relevance and value to people and nation. Tuguegarao City Mayor, Hon. Jefferson Soriano, emphasized that it is imperative to continue pursuing further education and undertake research, to equip the people with the necessary competencies to enable them to serve their community better.
Dr. Federico Macaranas, Professor from the Asian Institute of Management and former Undersecretary for Economic Affair, capitalized on wise leadership in his talk on Global Health Care for the Third Millennium; Dr. Abdul Malik Iskandar, Chairman of the STKIP Mega Rezky Makassar, Indonesia, spoke about Cross-Cultural Collaboration among Stakeholders; Dr. Michel Plaisent, Professor, University of Quebec, Canada, lectured on Technology and Education; Dr. Ir. Hj. Paristiyanti Nurwardani, Director of Learning, Indonesian Directorate General Indonesian Higher Education, discussed on Internationalization in Higher Education.
A visit to Piat Basilica and other historical sites of Cagayan and a nature trail in Callao Caves followed after the closing program on December 16, 2017. The IRC3 event was made memorable as SPUP and its Indonesian partner schools signed Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) and Memoranda of Understanding.
Sister Merceditas Ang, SPC (University President) presented her research entitled, "Servant-Leadership Profiles of School Leaders: Leading to Serve" at the 2017 International Research and Education Conference organized by the Association of Filipino Teachers in Eastern America (AFTEA) and the Philippine Consulate in New York on October 28, 2017.
Mrs. Belen Lim (Auditor, SPUP Alumni Association) journeyed with Sr. Merceditas and participated in the said conference from October 27-31, 2017. The SPUP representatives met with Philippine Consul General, Atty. Ma. Theresa De Vega and the members of the Filipino-Teachers’ community in New York.
The AFTEA International Research and Education Conference included school visit to top Ivy League Universities like Harvard University, Yale University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
(L-R): Sr. Merceditas Ang, SPC, Paper Presenter; Atty. Ma. Theresa De Vega, Philippine Consul General to New York; Mrs. Belen Lim, Co- Presenter.
The 3rd St. Paul University System (SPUS) Research Forum was held,on Oct. 13-14, 2017, hosted by St. Paul University Quezon City, with the theme, “Global Education: SPUS Programs and Initiatives.”
Paper presenters and participants joined the said event, coming from the 7-members of the System: St. Paul University Dumaguete, St. Paul University Philippines - Tuguegegarao, St. Paul University Iloilo, St. Paul University Manila, St. Paul University Quezon City, St. Paul University Surigao, St. Paul College of Ilocos Sur.
Sr. Nilda Masirag, SPC, President of SPU Quezon City, in her Welcome Remarks said that the mere presence of the participants in the event was a manifestation of their support, as well as enthusiasm towards research.
The Statement of Purpose was delivered by Sr. Merceditas Ang, SPC, President of St. Paul University Philippines and the Chair of the SPUS Research Committee, she said that the Forum served as an avenue for sharing of information. She reminded the body that a strong research component is what differentiates a University from a College. She added that the 21st Century Education lives on Knowledge Economy, and the creation of new knowledge brings about advantage. Emphatically she said, “He who does no research, has nothing to teach.”
Dr. Genaro V. Japos, President of Philippine Association of Institutions for Research, Inc. (PAIR), was the Keynote Speaker. In his talk on Global Strategies in Journal Citation, he said that, to improve journal citations, it can be helpful to find a niche - a particular area of interest to attract academics in the field to publish with the journal. He also stressed that being on time is a very important ingredient in research publication, followed by actions to boost the journal’s social media profile. Being discovered is at the heart of everything a journal publisher does; that highly visible content is used more and cited more, and increased brand familiarity leads to increased author submissions.
The SPUP Paper Presenters in said Research Forum were: Sr. Merceditas Ang, SPC, presented Internalization of St. Paul University Philippines: A Framework to Develop Inter-cultural Competence for Global Education; Dr. Jeremy Godofredo Morales, Quality Reference Frameworks as Benchmarks to SPUP Global Education and Internationalization; Dr. Emolyn Iringan, Global Education Integration in Paulinian Education; Dr.Billy Siddayao, Comparative Study on Superstitious Beliefs among Pamplona and Tuguegarao City Folks; Mr. Rufo B. Tuddao, Paulinian Employees ’Perspective of Human Resource Outsourcing; Dr. Charito M. Guillermo, SPU Multipurpose Cooperative towards the Development of a Sustainability Framework, and Ms. Eileen Molina, Laboratory Pre-requisites and Internship Performances of Pharmacy Students in St. Paul University Philippines.
Sr. Merceditas Ang, SPC, delivering her Welcome Remarks
SPUP PRESENTERS. (L-R): Ms. Eileen Molina, Dr. Charito Guillermo, Dr. Emolyn Iringan, Dr. Billy Siddayao, Mr. Rufo Tuddao, Dr. Jeremy Godofredo Morales.
Three of the collaborative researches of St. Paul University Philippines (SPUP) were presented at the International Conference on Education with the theme “Education for Human Resource Development in the 21st Century” at Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Nonthaburi, Thailand on September 5-7, 2017. The research entitled “Moving Towards E-Learning Paradigm: Readiness of the IT Faculty Members in a State University of Northern Philippines” was authored by Dr. Giged Battung of SPUP together with Dr. Billy Javier and Mr. Emerito Lanojan of Cagayan State University, and Mrs. Eileen Cosidon of Kalinga State University. The research paper entitled “Effectiveness of Blended Learning of the Life Project 4 Youth-Computer Literacy Program for Out-Of-School Youth Participants” was written by Dr. Battung with two faculty members from Liceo de Cagayan, Cagayan de Oro City namely: Ms. Aurora Cindy Balabat and Mr. Jun Brian Tubongbanua. The third paper was on “Readiness of the lnformation Technology Faculty of State University and Colleges in the Province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines Towards Blended Learning. This third paper was a collaborative research output of Dr. Battung and four faculty members from University of Northern Philippines namely: Mrs. Jennyfer Alasaas, Mrs. Ana Leah Alconis, Mrs. Shayreen A. Navarro and Mr. Peter Rabanal.
The keynote speakers at the conference were Dr. Wang L. Libing, Director of UNESCO-APEID; Dr. Thomas Kuan, Founder of University of 3rd Age, Singapore; and Professor Peter Rawlins, Senior Lecturer of Institute of Education, Massey University, New Zealand. The following were the research presentation themes: Distance Education, Lifelong Learning; Educational Technology; Leading and Managing Quality Education; Curriculum and Instruction Development; Educational Evaluation; and Social Development and Education. Each paper was peer-reviewed by two experts from the International Review Committee.
Collaborative Researchers at Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Nonthaburi, in Thailand
The 5th National Conference on Open and Distance eLearning (NCODeL 2017) was held on Nov. 23 to 25, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ortigas, Quezon City. The said conference was in support in support of Republic Act 10650 (Open and Distance Learning Law) ,which aims to promote open and distance learning in the country, introducing participants to the concepts, principles, and methodologies of recent trends in open learning.
Two faculty members, who were granted fellowship by the Commission on Higher Education, represented SPUP in the said conference: Dr. Giged T. Battung, e-Learning, Distance and Transnational Education Program Coordinator, and Mr. Carlos Babaran, faculty of the School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE). Moreover, five research papers from SPUP were accepted for presentation in the conference. Mr. Babaran presented a collaborative research, with Mr. Gianne Uy and Dr. Giged Battung, entitled, “Research Weaver: A Web-Based Application for Multidisciplinary Collaborative Research.”
The research paper of Dr. Battung, titled, “Utilizing Learning Management System for Interdisciplinary Learning,” won the Best Practice Award; while her paper, titled “Multidisciplinary e-Learning : Pathway to 21st- Century Learning,” made it to the Top 5 Best Paper Award. Dr. Battung was also joined by her Doctor in Information Technology (DIT) students who are faculty members of universities in Region 2, in presenting their collaborative researches titled, “eLearning Training Roadmap for ICT Faculty of Northern Luzon, Philippines,” and “Readiness of the College Faculty of Our Lady of the Pillar College Cauayan and San Manuel Isabela, Philippines, towards Blended Learning.” The DIT students were: Estela Dirain(CSU); Rosalinda Guiyab(ISU); Rose Mary Velasco(ISU); Nita Teresa Bagara (OLPC); Romeo Balingao (OLPC), and Ma. Valen Alzate (ISU).
DIT STUDENT PRESENTERS- With Dr. Giged Battung (center), at Crowne Plaza, Hotel, Ortigas, Quezon City.
Mr. Roldan C. Bangalan, a faculty member of the School of Arts, Sciences and Teacher Education, presented a research paper at the 1st International Conference in Teacher Education (ICTE), on Nov. 3 to Dec. 2, 2017, at the Heritage Hotel Manila.
The three-day event gathered teachers, educators, school administrators, researchers, and other education stakeholders to: 1) keep abreast with the trends and developments on the internationalization of teacher education across the globe; 2) engage in meaningful discussion on the issues surrounding the internationalization of teacher education in the global community; 3) share best practices and researches on internationalization in teacher education and establish linkages with agencies and institutions that promote quality teacher education.
The conference was highlighted by the keynote speech of Dr. William Spady, who is dubbed as the “Father of OBE” Bangalan’s paper, “E-Portfolio Assessment: Experience of the Pre-service Teacher Education Students.” was co-authored by Dr. Billy Siddayao and Miss Juvis Gem C. Acain.
Said conference was organized by the Philippine Association for Teachers of Educational Foundations- United Professionals for the Development and Advancement of Teacher Education (PATEF-UPDATED), in cooperation with the Philippine Normal University and Rex Bookstore.
To insure scholarly, quality researches, the Research and Publications Office, (RPO) spearheaded the holding of two sets of trainings for the use of Turnitin and NVIvo Softwares in research.
The training on the use of TURNITIN software was conducted on Jan. 17-18, 2018, with the theme: “Ensuring Research Integrity through the Use of Turnitin Software.” It was held at the Mother Madeleine Hall, Learning Resource Center (LRC), with Mr. Nelvin Ace Abanto, Turnitin Specialist, as Resource Person, and attended by 165 Basic Education Unit (BEU) and college faculty.
Turnitin software ensures original work, improves feedback through online grading where standard and customized marks appear directly on the researches paper, and engages researchers in the writing process by providing structured, anonymous feedback of other student’s written works.
Mr. Nelvin Ace Abanto, Turnitin Specialist, Resource Person
Dr. Nicamel Sanchez, Chief Executive officer NVivo Philippines, Resource Person
A training-workshop on the use of NVIvo was held on Feb. 7-8, 2018, at the Multimedia & Programming Laboratory, with 33 participants. Dr. Nicamil K. Sanchez, Chief Executive Officer of Philippine Consortium for Social Welfare and Human Development Research (PCSWHR) Inc., was the Resource Person. The theme was: “Data Management and Analysis Using NVivo Software Training.”.
NVIvo software supports qualitative and mixed methods research. It is designed to help the researcher organize, analyze and find insights in unstructured, or qualitative data, like: interviews, open-ended responses, articles, social media and web content.
Seminar on Turnitin Software
The guests and participants of the 3rd SPUP International Research Conference (IRC3) were honored with cultural night of festivity, showcasing talents of different cultures, and were served native food and delicacies of the region.
Dr. Jeremy Godofredo Morales, the Director of International Affairs, facilitated the event, with the participation of the international students enrolled in the University.
To open the night’s entertainment, a live band of Indian students played a heart-warming overture, playing harmonic tune out of several instruments of the Indian culture. This was followed by the Basic Education Unit (BEU), wowing the audience with their dance medley, depicting the varied ASEAN cultures, dancing to the beats of each country’s tradition and culture. The Indonesian students from STIKES Sari Mulia presented another number; the Indian students enrolled in BS Biology Program graced the stage with both traditional and contemporary dances from their country. Timor Leste students gave a soulful rendition peculiar to their tradition; the Filipino culture took center-stage, with the BEU performers exhibiting cultural dances from the different regions of the Philippines.
For a daring finale, the Indonesians students delivered a Kecak Fire Dance which received a clamorous applause from the audience.
East Timorese students rendering their number.
Live band of Indian students playing Indian Culture Music.
The writer of this article, Associate Professor and Head of the Intercultural Institute for Languages of St. Paul Universit Philippines, explores Taiwan after being accepted as a visiting scholar in Chang Jung Christian University (CJCU), for one month, from November 14 to December 14, 2016.
She conducted training workshops for faculty members of the Department of Translation and Interpretation, the Department of Language Education, and the Department of Nursing. Her first workshop was on “Alternative Learning Assessment.”This was followed with the workshop on “Interactive Teaching Strategies.” She also gave talks to the faculty on “Enhancing Students’ Global Competition” and “Making SPUP a Choice for International Exposure.”
Furthermore, she was tasked to give two speeches for the students entitled: “Philippine Culture,” and “Enhancing Global Competition.” She was also invited to be one of the inspirational speakers in the International Week Celebration at CJCU, together with the Indonesian Ambassador and another guest from Malaysia.
Moreover, she also participated in the Roots and Shoots Animal Parade, joining the international students from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, where she choreographed their movements, which became one of the attractions during the said event. In addition, she led the Filipino students in the Philippine Night Celebration, where the Taiwanese students got to know about the Philippine agricultural practices, famous places, food and the Filipinos who rose from rags to riches.
This exposure provided more avenues for linkages in CJCU and other nearby Taiwanese universities. In fact, she was also given a chance to explore the beautiful places in Taiwan, like the Chi Mei Museum, Kaohsiung City, the Anping Museum, and other temples in Southern Taiwan.
Dr. Concepcion Doyugan conducting ESL workshop on “Alternative Learning Assessment.”
Dr. Concepcion Doyugan giving a Talk on “The Beautiful Faces of Filipino: History, Characteristics and Traits.”
St. Paul University Philippines conducted the 3rd International Health Congress, with the theme, “Transforming Professional Health Care Practices through Caring-Healing,” last Dec. 2-3, 2016, Conference Hall, at the Global Center.
The activity gathered 183 professional local and international delegates from different schools and countries. There were 44 international participants who mostly came from the member countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Likewise, the participants and presenters came from the region and as far as Mindanao. The students of the SPUP School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences (SNAHS) of SPUP were also among the participants.
The delegates were warmly welcomed by the Dean of the SNAHS Department, Dr. Ma. Elizabeth C. Baua, in behalf of Sister Merceditas O. Ang, SPC, the University President.
The following Speakers discussed extensively their topics: Dr. Ir. Hj. Paristiyanti Nurwardani, Director of Learning Directorate at Jarkarta, Indonesia, talked about enhancing global competitiveness through Graduate Education, collaboration and networking; Dr. Krisana Kraisintu, a Thai pharmaceutical expert and Dean of the Faculty of Oriental Medicine at Rangsit University, Thailand, emphasized enhancing quality and standards in herbal medicine. She also shared her plans of collaboration with St. Paul University Philippines to enhance the use of alternative and complementary medicine in the region as well as in the country; Engr. Sancho Mabborang, Director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Region 02, talked about health research development initiatives for caring-healing, sharing the DOST programs and initiative of the Department, like tthe Cagayan Valley Health Research Consortium health researches, like the funded researches conducted by the CVHRDC members, including St. Paul University Philippines; Dr. Rozzano T. Locsin, Professor Emeritus at Florida Atlantic University, USA, expounded Nursing in the modern world, in terms of advanced technology in caring for patients, emphasizing the transformative health care practice grounded in the theory of technological competency as caring in nursing; Dr. Jose Jurel M. Nuevo, Dean of the College of Medical Technology at Our Lady of Fatima University and a member of the Technical Panel for Medical Technology, talked about the emerging trends, issues and innovation on caring and healing in medical technology practice. He also emphasized the use of different technologies in the field of Medical Technology. Dr. Tetsuya Tanioka, Professor and Head of Education and Research Committee at the University of Tokushima, Japan, elaborated on transforming professional health care practices through high-tech, high-touch cure and care. He also reminded the participants to be cautious that machines or robots should not replace the personal touch of healing-caring in nursing.
RIBBON CUTTING. Dr. Ma. Elizabeth C. Baua, SNAHS Dean, cuts the ribbon, assisted by Sr. Ma. Adelina Portillo, SPC, Research and Publications Director and Sr. Fidelisa de Marie Portillo, SPC, School of Teacher Education Dean, during the opening of the SPUP 3rd International Health Congress at the Global Center.
Dr. Krisana Kraisintu (standing, left) during the Open Forum.
As SPUP continues its PIONEERING INITIATIVES on ASEAN Studies, SPUP Graduate School organized a seminar-workshop on the Internationalization of Higher Education on November 05, 2016. Graduate School Faculty and students participated in the activity which was held at the Global Training Center.
Dr. Federico Macaranas, the Resource Speaker, a visiting professor from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), engaged the participants through case studies, in-depth analysis, and experiential learning. He clearly expounded the importance of Education as a new thrust and a force for economic integration and its implications on the ASEAN Integration.
Dr. Macaranas facilitated the discussions along the following salient issues: a) The Philippines hosting of ASEAN @50 in 2017, as a propitious time to engage the country thought leadership in people-to-people engagements across the Member States; b) The ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) pillar-framed cooperation in education, health and tourism as a necessity, but it must be combined with and relevant to the other concerns, like nationalism in the globalization era and foreign policy independence of ASEAN community, and, c) There is a need for collaboration (in a competitive regional economy or co-opetition) and enhanced dialogue to foster unity and cohesiveness, to protect ASEAN’s leading and central role in dealing with matters of common and regional concerns and to promote the mutual benefits among the member States.
After the seminar-workshop, the participants shared their insights and reflections and expressed their gratitude to Dr. Macaranas for providing them the opportunity to engage themselves in the current global trend.
Dr. Federico Macaranas, the Resource Speaker.
The SPUP Institutional Ethics Review Committee, in collaboration with the Research and Publications Office, organized the Basic Research Ethics Training for faculty, on Oct. 12, 2016, held at the Computer Laboratory.
Dr. Josephine Joy Lorica, the Chair of the SPUP Institutional Ethics Review Committee, (IERC) conducted the training, expounding the theme, “Ensuring ethicality in the conduct of researches.”
The following topics were thoroughly discussed: 1) The Importance of Ethics in Research; 2) The Basic Ethical Principles in Research; 3) The Roles of Ethics Review Committee; 4) The Process of Research Ethics Review, and 5) The Conduct of Review for Proposal. Hands-on Exercises were provided after each topic.
Around twenty faculty members attended the Ethics Review Training, This group will comprise the IERC, representing the different departmental academic programs of the University.
Dr. Josephine Joy Lorica (3rd from left), Resource Person, posing with the trainees.
Dr. Lorica giving instruction to the trainees.
The Graduate School of Health Sciences, Tokushima University, Japan, conducted a “High Tech, High Touch” symposium at the Senshukaku Hotel, in Tokushima, Japan, on Aug. 28-29, 2016. Dr. Noji, President, Tokushima University, opened the symposium; Dr. Yasuhara, Associate Professor, was the overall host; Dr. Kondo, Dean of the Graduate School, moderated the event. The symposium comprised of critical topics about high-tech and high-touch cure and care contents to enhance human caring practice and quality health care services.
A special lecture moderated by Dr.Tetsuya Tanioka on “High Tech, High Touch in the Technological World of Human Health Care” was presented by Dr. Rozzano Locsin, illuminating human caring situations supporting the harmonization of co-existing and seemingly opposite health care concepts of technology and caring in nursing, based on the theory of “Technological Competency as Caring in Nursing.”
On the second day, Dr. Rozanno Locsin discussed the theory of the middle-range nursing, advancing the theoretical perspectives. Such theory brought forth awareness on how nurses can care efficiently, amidst challenges of emerging technologies.
Dr. Locsin’s Technological Competency Theory on Caring in Nursing encouraged the nurse to re-think on how they provide care, responding to the emerging technology in the world. The workshop outputs encouraged the participants to identify research, education and practice areas for advancing the theory of technological competency.
The symposium was attended by around 50 participants from Japan, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines. Dr. Josephine D. Lorica represented St. Paul University Philippines.
Dr. Locsin and Dr. Lorica discussing how the mannequin for respiratory and heart rate at the Tokushima University Simulation Laboratory is used.
The participants with the facilitators. Dr. Lorica (seated, farthest right) representing SPUP.
Dr. Emolyn Iringan, Assistant Director for Research and Publications, took part in the 2016 Philippine Population Association, Inc. (PPA) Annual Scientific Conference, an Association of Demographers and Population Scientist in the Philippines, with the theme, “Transcending Demographic Trends: Gearing Up Toward an Aging Population,” held at One Victoria Hotel, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, on Feb. 3-5, 2016.
The event was attended by 300 participants who were mostly researchers, scientists and representatives of the different universities and government organizations in the country. The conference focused on population related issues, concerning elderly health and economic well-being in the society.
As project leader, Dr. Iringan presented a research paper conducted by St. Paul University Philippines (SPUP) research team commissioned by the Commission on Population titled, “Predictors of Reproductive Health Seeking Behaviors of 4Ps and Non 4Ps couples in Region 2.” The research emphasized on Responsible Parenting Movement (RPM) and Family Development Session (FDS) in Region 2, in line with its objective on what the predictors on productive health behaviors of 4Ps and Non 4Ps in Region 2 are seeking.
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Undersecretary Florita Villar discussed about the Policy and Plans Group of DSWD.
“The objective of the PPA is to disseminate scientific findings related to sociology, demographics, and health concerning Filipino, especially the youth and the aging.”
Dr. Emolyn Iringan (center) receiving her Certificate of Appreciation from the Philippine Population Association Officers during the PPA Annual Conference, held at One Victoria Hotel, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.