University forges partnership in education and research with two local institutions
Recognizing that networking with local and international institutions will enhance the quality of education, the university continues to forge partnership with local universities via cooperation in the fields of education and research.
The recent forging of agreement with the Lyceum-Northwestern University in Pangasinan and the Angeles University Foundation in Pampanga calls for the exchange of faculty and student scholars for study and training. The networking also includes the organizing of symposia, conferences and meetings on relevant issues; and exchange information with educational relevance to foster intellectual growth and development of the institutions. The partnership also allows institutions to work together to enhance their skills and competencies to readily address the demands and challenges of the modern times.
Areas identified to be strengthened are management, educational leadership, community development, nursing, public administration and the teaching of English, Science, Mathematics and IT.

The expansion of these linkages along with international institutions is part of the university’s commitment to raise educational standards. With the different partnerships, President Ben A. Nicolas hopes that the institution will benefit from the institutional cooperarion. “Sharing information and cooperating with other universities is essential. It is a win-win strategy to become more competitive in the education market,” Nicolas said during the sisterhood agreement with Lyceum-NU. In 2003, the university launched its first international agreement of cooperation with Sangmyung University of Korea. The five-month reinforcement study of two Korean exchange students firmed up the partnership. Members of the administration of St. Stephen’s University in New Brunswick, Canada also visited the university last year. Plans have been laid out for study of both institutions.

School offers new scholarship program
A new scholarship program has been introduced to assist financially-handicapped but deserving student.

The President Scholarship Program, offered at the initiative of President Ban A. Nicolas, opened its assistance to freshmen students taking BS Physical Therapy, BS MedTech and BS Accountancy with 10 scholars taken for each of the programs.

; The scholarship was given to the top 10 applicants from the three degree courses with 100 percent tuition and miscellaneous fee discounts for the first and second semesters including summer.

Financial assistance will also be given to grantees during BSPT and BS MedTech internship while BSA grantees will receive financial assistance for the CPA review.

To help more students from low-income families, the university is also tapping organizations outside the campus to sponsor scholarships. The Government Service Insurance System has already opened its doors to sponsor deserving students in their college education.

Mrs. Grace Sales, university registrar, said that the university is still negotiating with Jollibee Corporation on its scholarship program.
University chosen delivery institution for ladderized curriculum
Northwestern University has been chosen as one of the few delivery institutions of the Ladderized Education System of the Technical Education Skills Development Authority in Region I.

This new system is a radical alternative method of education that makes the cost of college education affordable to all especially for those living in the poverty line.

A project of president Arroyo, the LES aims to strengthen technical vocational education in college courses that include tech-voc subjects deemed essential in honing students’ work skills needed in the job market.The BS Hotel and Restaurant management and BS Office Administration courses are among the two programs chosen for TESDA’s initial ladderized priority programs.

Through the LES, students enrolled in these programs could now get a certificate after finishing two years.The commission on Higher Education also entered into an agreement with TESDA where courses taken in the technical-vocational education and training (TVET) will be recognized by higher education. This agreement will allow graduates of vocational courses aspiring for college degree to gain credit for the subjects that were otherwise not accepted in the traditional curricula.

The Ladderized Education has 38,000 scholarships available in 79 schools, colleges and universities nationwide including the University. All of the 79 educational institutions are recognized by CHED and TESDA to implement ladderized system. The number of available scholarships and course offerings are expected to increase in the days to come.

Other programs in the university identified to be subjected to the LES are Criminology, Engineering and Nursing.
CHRE gets big boost on rights advocacy
The City Center for Human Rights Education (CCHRE) based in Northwestern University got a big boost on its efforts on human rights advocacy when International HR advocates encouraged the schools to continue strengthening its programs and projects.

At the 15-day refresher course on mainstreaming human rights in development and governance through a right-based approach, the CCHRE presented its accomplishments before two Netherlands-based and 20 regional HR advocates.

Dr. Kartin Arts and Dr. Helen Hitjens, faculty of the Institute of Social Studies – Netherlands appreciated the university’s studies geared to uplift the lives of indigenous people in Nueva Era town.

Both encouraged the students and faculty to strengt5hen the HR programs and projects.

Regional HR director Anita Chauhan shared the Netherlands-based right advocates’ observation and urged the university to focus and specialize on indigenous people.

President Ben A. Nicolas expressed his unwavering support to any program undertaken by Commission on Human Rights.
It is recalled that Northwestern was chosen as one of the few institutions in the region to be advocate of human rights. This paved the way for the establishment of the CCHRE and its participation in the dissemination of human rights information.

Established three years ago, the CCHRE is under the supervision of VPAA Dr. Lori Marseli De Castro and the College of Arts and Sciences. The Center conducts research, seminars and discussions of human right related topics.

Representing Laoag City Mayor Michael Farinas in the forum was City Administrator Gloria Farinas Peralta who expressed the city government’s support to the university in upholding human rights.
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