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DOST, Isabela State U to establish knowledge, innovation hub

CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela (PIA) - The Department of Science and Technology has collaborated with the Isabela State University for the establishment of a knowledge and innovation hub in the San Mariano Campus through the implementation of the Knowledge Innovation, Science and Technology (KIST) program. 

DOST Provincial Director Lucio Calimag said they have already assessed the campus’ potential and laid down initial agreements for the realization of the partnership. 

He said the KIST program aims to harness the potential of educational institutions as hubs of innovation and technological advancements by providing support and resources to selected campuses. 

“The program also seeks to enhance research and development capabilities, promote technology transfer, and stimulate economic growth through innovation-driven initiatives,” he said.

Calimag also said the assessment identified areas of strength and opportunities of the campus for further collaborations. 

“The assessment encompasses various aspects, including research facilities, faculty expertise, existing partnerships, and institutional support for innovation and entrepreneurship,” Calimag said.

He said the ISU San Mariano campus emerged as a promising and potential beneficiary of the KIST program as it has state-of-the-art laboratories, a diverse pool of talented faculty members, and a strong commitment to research excellence. 

DOST Isabela officials assess the campus of Isabela State University in San Mariano, Isabela for the establishment of a knowledge and innovation hub. (Photo courtesy of DOST Isabela)

He added that the campus' strategic location within the province further enhances its potential as a focal point for innovation and knowledge creation in the region.

“Our staff engaged fruitfully with key stakeholders within the campus community, including faculty members, researchers, and administrative personnel through collaborative discussions and knowledge-sharing sessions, insights were gathered into the unique strengths and capabilities of ISU San Mariano Campus and laying the groundwork for future collaboration under the KIST Program,” Calimag said.

He said the assessment findings will serve as a basis for developing a comprehensive action plan to leverage ISU San Mariano Campus' potential as a catalyst for innovation and technological advancement that includes research grants, technology transfer programs, industry partnerships, and capacity-building activities aimed at enhancing the campus' research and development ecosystem. (OTB/MGE/PIA Isabela)

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