Despite unfavorable weather condition, Biliran Province State University officially commenced its 47th Founding Anniversary celebration as a Higher Education Institution (HEI) with the Opening of the Research Summit and Innovation Expo held at the University Gymnasium and Student Center, August 27.
Far from the traditional way of celebrating the Founding Anniversary with different sport events and playground demonstration as the highlight, according to Dr. Victor C. Cañezo, Jr., University President, this year's celebration focuses on research and innovation.
"That's why we are having this new vision focusing in research and innovation because we believe that through research, we could develop the community," Dr. Cañezo said.
Anchored with the theme, "BiPSU Gearing Up for Industry 4.0 through Innovations and Sustainable Partnerships," different plenaries were discussed during the Research Summit in the morning at the Gymnasium.
Dr. Anthony M. Penaso, Caraga State University President, presented the 'Platform for Innovating SUCs for Industry 4.0' while Mr. Alfred D. Calebuso, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) representative discussed 'Science for Change Program( S4CP)' and 'Science, Technology, Research and Innovation (STRIDE)'.
Further, Dr. Faustino Gayas Jr., Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Provincial Director talked about the 'Philippine Inclusive Innovation Industrial Strategy (i3S)' while Dr. Joel S. Cantoñeros, tackled 'Research for Development (R4D)' and 'New Thinking in Research Planning and Implementation'.
Meanwhile, an Innovation Expo themed, "NSU to BiPSU: R and D Through the Years", held at the university student center, featuring different research and innovation outputs of students and faculty, also one highlighted the activity.
The said event was participated by the different colleges of the university which showedcased their different innovations displayed in their respective booths.
"47 years is symbolic as we embrace this new direction of the university, 47 being aptly called the "book" anniversary, the book symbolizes knowledge and the search for it, as we enter the into a new era called revolution 4.0 we embrace and gear ourselves for the age of digital technologies", Dr. Cañezo emphasized.