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NONESCOST universityhood on track

From left (seated) Senate Committee Secretary Joey Tunac, House of Representatives Committee Secretary Frances Melanie Mauricio, Rep. Alfredo Marañon III (NegOcc, 2nd District), CHED-6 Director Raul Alvarez, NONESCOST President Renante Egcas, with representatives from Congress and Senate.* Nonescost ICT Office photo

The Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology was initially found compliant with all institutional requirements to become a university after the on-site validation of the composite team from the Commission on Higher Education and the bi-cameral Committee on Higher and Technical Education last week.

A statement issued by the Sagay City Public Information Office said this is one of the requirements for NONESCOST as it continues its bid to become the first university in Northern Negros.

During the 5-day activity from November 15 to 19, the CHED Composite Team and representatives from the Senate and House of Representatives concluded that NONESCOST is compliant with all institutional requirements, however, there are still compliances to work out for specific program offerings.

Twenty validators inspected NONESCOST, including CHED Executive Director Cinderella Jaro and Region-6 Director Raul Alvarez.

Should NONESCOST become a university, it will be renamed the State University of Northern Negros (SUNN).

In his speech during the opening program, NONESCOST President Renante Egcas highlighted the programs and activities undertaken by the school to ensure student development and comply with the requirements for universityhood.

“While we are fixated to become a university, we make sure that our more focused actions are also preparing our stakeholders, especially our graduates, with a certain brand in terms of knowledge, skills, and attitude,” Egcas said.

In June this year, Republic Act 11859, or an act converting the Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology to the State University of Northern Negros (SUNN) was enacted.

The legislation was led by former Congressman and current Vice Mayor, Leo Rafael Cueva. “This has long been our earnest aspiration to make Sagay a mecca of quality education of the North as we provide an education accessible to all,” Cueva said.

Egcas also said that he is grateful to the city government and other stakeholders that helped NONESCOST to “UPGRADE”, which stands for University-hood, People, Governance, Production and Resource-Generation, Research, Technology and Innovation, Academic excellence, Development of sites and physical facilities, and Extension, linkages and internationalization.

Meanwhile, 2nd District Representative Alfredo Marañon, III, assured NONESCOST of his full support towards the “realization of our collective dream to make NONESCOST, a state college, to be a university.”

Mayor Narciso “Narwin” Javelosa, Jr., welcomed the development, saying that NONESCOST’s universityhood will create more opportunities for Sagaynons and neighboring cities.*

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