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ISAT U’s new president takes oath, bares 10-point agenda

ILOILO CITY (PIA) -- Banking on the vision to make the Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) the premier institution in Southeast Asia by 2030, a 10-point agenda has been laid down by its new university president.

During the recent investiture ceremony, Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre, Jr. formally took oath as the second president of the Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) before Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson J. Prospero E. De Vera III.

(From left) Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson J Prospero E. de Vera, III officiates the oathtaking of Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre, Jr. as the second president of Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U). The CHED chair along with the members of ISAT U's Board of Regents, Regional Director Arecio Casing Jr. of NEDA VI and Regional Director Rowen Gelonga of DOST VI, install the presidential medallion to Dr. Salistre. Meanwhile, De Vera turns over the mace of the university, symbolizing the university's governing authority. (PIA Region VI photos)

In his inaugural message, Salistre noted that his journey to the presidency had never been easy and that he reflects on the footsteps of the past presidents who brought the university to where it is now.

“ISAT U has come this far. It has reached a standard that we are all proud of. There are people behind ISAT U’s success and it is my privilege to express my deepest gratitude to these great individuals who labor and sacrificed a lot to bring ISAT U to where it is now,” he said, recognizing the legacies of Dr. Luis M. Sorolla and Dr. Raul F. Muyong as the past presidents of the university.

Salistre also called for unity in engaging the “collective battle for every member of ISAT University, a shared pursuit to elevate our university to the status of a premier institution in Southeast Asia.”

“Be with me, in this collective journey of igniting success through academic transformation, we are committed not only to maintaining the status quo but also to actively pursuing positive chains and progress in the academic realm,” he added.

Salistre’s 10-point agenda

In achieving this dream, the new university president shared his so-called “10-point agenda” which serves as the blueprint to set his priorities in leading ISAT U.

Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre, Jr. presents his 10-point agenda laying down the priorities of his administration as the second president of the Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) during the investiture ceremony held in Iloilo City. (PIA Region VI photo)

The first is to foster academic excellence through the provision of the highest quality of education for the students as its main stakeholders and professional development for its faculty members.

The promotion of innovation and research is the second priority of Salistre for his tenure focusing on the development of research-related policies, and building state-of-the-art research facilities with the most advanced tools, resources, and infrastructure at the forefront of science and technology.

“Our goal is for this university to become the leading institution for research and development initiatives resulting in the national and worldwide advancement of science and technology,” he stressed.

Enhancing industry partnerships and strengthening community engagements are the third and fourth priority of the new university president.

Both aspects, as he mentioned, will provide more internship and employment opportunities for ISAT U’s students and render more extension and production programs to also support the community and improve the quality of life of the community the school connects with.

Salistre also emphasized the value of inclusivity and diversity through sustaining policies and practices that provide equal opportunities for all of the students and employees of the institution.

During his tenure, he also wanted to make sure that university staff members, students, and faculty members are in a ‘welcoming, comfortable, and conducive work environment’ by further enhancing ISAT U’s infrastructure and facilities.

Leaning towards being a premier institution in the Southeast Asian region, Salistre’s administration will also prioritize the promotion of global engagement through “infusing global perspective into the curriculum, cultivating international collaborations, and facilitating opportunities for cross-cultural understanding and learning.”

The last three on the list of his priority agenda include the enhancement and sustainability of resource generation through income-generating projects that will convert into yield revenue for the university, upholding good governance  valuing ISAT U with

SUSTAINING PARTNERSHIPS. ISAT U President Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre, Jr. with some representatives of the national government agencies in the region after the investiture ceremony. (PIA Region VI photo)

men and women of integrity, and fostering accountability and transparency in all financial dealings, and the enhancement of the university’s working relationship with its alumni.

“My objective is to generate exceptionally skilled and environmentally-conscious graduates who will go on to become leaders and authorities in their particular domain of expertise,” Salistre underscored.

His administration will also be guided by the core values encapsulated in the letters of the university's initials - integrity, service, academic excellence, transformation, and unity.

To note, the appointment of Dr. Salistre as university president came following the appointment of former president Dr. Raul F. Muyong as Director IV of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) last year.

Prior to this, he served as the Vice President for Administration and Finance of the same university since 2017. An electrical engineer by profession, Salistre also has been in the teaching profession for 28 years. (AAL/FRG/PIA6)

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