There was a time when we used to emphasize on instruction as our sole role in the landscape of educational institution in our country. But today we inaugurate the fact that we also emphasize not only in instruction but of the other mandates of a higher educational institution which is research and extension.
Thus, said Chancellor Sukarno D. Tanggol in his welcome address during the Opening Program of the 2016 TECH-nnovation Fair at the College of Engineering Amphitheatre.
This was the first TECH-nnovation Fair of the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) held on August 30-31, 2016.
The TECH-nnovation Fair, with its theme “Advancing Technopreneurship and Innovation in Mindanao,” is the highlight in celebrating August as Innovation Convergence Month in Iligan.
The Tech-nnovation Fair includes activities such as exhibits, Tech-novation lectures and workshops, cluster closed door presentations, and a university-industry linkage meeting between MSU-IIT and Fluor, Philippines.
The opening of the program on August 30 kicked off with a ceremonial cutting of the ribbon at the Exhibit Area situated at the Institute Gymnasium, witnessed by some MSU-IIT faculty, staff, students, Tech Fair exhibitors and viewers.
Chancellor Tanggol, Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension Jinky Bornales, and Chief Executive Officer and President of Hybridigm Consulting Ma. Antonia Odelia Arroyo led the cutting of the ribbon. With them were Chief Operating Officer at Hybridigm Consulting John Christopher Orlina and Intellectual Property Unit-Innovation and Technology Support Office (IPU-ITSO) General Manager Marietta Esperanza Cruz.
A series of lectures on Innovation, Technopreneurship and Commercialization followed.
In his opening remarks, Chancellor Tanggol said that the Institute is now into the mode of doing research, innovating products and finally commercializing them.
“The bottom line is to improve the goods and services to our people. One of those means is helping our businesses innovate their products so that they will offer good services to the public,” Tanggol said. (Michelle Jeanne C. Caracut, OPI/MSU-IIT/PIA-10 LDN)