The former Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) in this city and the Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology (MOSCAT) in Claveria, Misamis Oriental have been merged into one big state university called the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP).
The amalgamation of these two government schools was formally sealed in a recently held grand launch attended by university officials, alumni, students, faculty and staff, local officials, USAID representatives and other stakeholders.
USTP aims to be the premier university in science and technology in the country, offering courses in sciences, mathematics, technology, engineering and applied sciences.
Speaking during the grand launching ceremonies, Congressman Maximo B. Rodriguez Jr. of Cagayan de Oro’s second district said the USTP could greatly “contribute to the country’s development through human resource development, technology solutions, and technology enterprise,” adding “it is only through education we can uplift the lives of the poor.”
Aside from bringing the world of work into the actual training of students, USTP intends to contribute also to the national development goals of food security and energy sufficiency through technology solutions.
The university will soon build on its sprawling lot in Alubijid town a school campus and technopark.
Presently, USTP has campuses in Cagayan de Oro City, Claveria and Jasaan towns in Misamis Oriental, and Oroquieta City and Panaon in Misamis Occidental. (FPGumapon)