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Dr. Victor B. Ella is a distinguished Professor of Land and Water Resources Engineering at the College of Engineering and Agro-industrial Technology (CEAT), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). A former Dean of CEAT, he currently holds the rank of

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Once again, CEAT-UPLB proved its excellence in engineering education as two of its offered programs were awarded as Center of Excellence (COE) and Center of Development (COD) by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). The awarding ceremony took place last May 17, 2016, at the HEDC Building, C.P. Garcia Avenue, UP Diliman, Quezon City. 


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Dr. Rossana Marie C. Amongo (5th from the right) receiving the plaque of COE for IAE-BSABE (photo credit to Dr. RMCAmongo)


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Dr. Manolito E. Bambase Jr. (leftmost) receiving the plaque of COD for DChE-BSChE (photo credit to Dr. RMCAmongo)


There were nine State Colleges and Universities offering engineering courses from Regions 1 to 5 and CAR that were awarded during the said event, CEAT-UPLB being one of them. Accepting the prestigious awards on behalf of their respective colleges were Dr. Rossana Marie C. Amongo, Director of the Institute of Agricultural Engineering (IAE) and Dr. Manolito E. Bambase Jr., Chairperson of the Department of Chemical Enginering (DChE). 


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The CHED COEs and CODs of UPLB (right photo) and the CHED COEs and CODs in Engineering of Regions 1 to 5 and CAR (left photo) (photo credit to Dr. RMCAmongo)


The two awards were in accordance with the Republic Act (RA) 7722 or otherwise known as Higher Education Act 1994, and by virtue of the Commission en Banc Resolution Nos. 709-2015, 766-2015, and 143-2016. The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSChE) earned the title as “Center of Development” or COD via the CHED Memorandum Order No. 38 Series of 2015. On the other hand, the Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (BSABE) earned the esteemed title, “Center of Excellence” or COE through the CHED Memorandum Order No. 15 Series of 2016.


COE, according to CHED, is awarded to programs which continuously demonstrate excellent performance in instruction, research and publication, extension and linkages, and institutional qualifications. Meanwhile, COD is granted to programs that demonstrate the potential to become COE in the future. The selection criteria used by CHED for these prestigious awards include: Instructional Quality (45%), Research and Publication (30%), Extension and Linkages (20%), and Institutional Qualifications (5%). Being able to meet these qualifications and criteria serve as a confirmation that CEAT offers best practices, innovative curricula, research and extension, and professional development in its engineering programs. This also proves that CEAT is one of the best engineering colleges in the country.


Aside from CEAT, other colleges of UPLB such as College of Agriculture (CA) in BS Agriculture, College of Developmental Communication (CDC) in BS Developmental Communication, College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) in BS Biology, BS Statistics, and BS Computer Science, College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR) in BS Forestry, College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) in Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and School of Environmental Science and Management(SESAM) in Graduate Program in Environmental Science were also granted the title COE.


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