CIT granted university status

09/02/2010 - CEBU, Philippines - The Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) is now called the CIT University after it was granted university status by the Commission on Higher Education (Ched).

The school has produced 643 board topnotchers, 72 of them first placers, since the school was established in 1946.

Lawyer Corazon Evangelista-Valencia, the university’s vice president for academic affairs, announced the school’s new status during a press conference yesterday.

Former Cebu City Councilor Arsenio PacaƱa, CIT’s dean for College of Education, said some of the board topnotchers have since become successful in their respective fields.

Valencia said CHED acknowledged the CIT’s achievements when the school demonstrated the “highest degree or level of standards along the areas of instruction, research and extension.”

Before CIT was upgraded into a university last July 7, 2010, the school had earned multiple awards and recognitions from education officials.

“We are grateful for this yet-another milestone as this serves as an affirmation for our vision of becoming a world-class academic institution continuously developing highly skilled, values driven and competitive technologians,” CIT vice president John Gregory Escario said.

Records showed that for three consecutive years - April 2008, April 2009 and March 2010 - the CIT ranked No. 3 among top performing schools in mechanical engineering licensure examination.

It also achieved a 93-percent passing percentage with a 4th placer for its pioneer batch of nursing students in the nursing licensure examination in June 2008.

Most importantly, the university officials said, is their current assistance given to 1,270 poor but qualified students. These students are continuing with their studies as CIT scholars in the elementary, high school and college levels.

Valencia also announced that the CIT administration had also started working to coordinate with universities in California, United States for possible linkages in research as well as faculty and students’ development (Freeman)

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