The Aklan State University’s Smart Campus Proposal amounting to ₱25,000,000.00 was approved by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
ASU is among the 89 SUCs, out of the 111 who submitted proposals that were approved and given the grants by the Commission. ASU’s smart campus proposal entitled “Smart Digital Campus Connect (SDCC): Aklan State University in the New Normal” primarily focuses on the development and establishment of the University Management Information System and Learning Management System Solutions (In-House Development), Campus Wide Area Network and Improved Internet Connectivity in Aklan State University. The proposal underwent several panel presentations before it was awarded the 25 Million grant from CHED.
“The SDCC Project will effectively facilitate the University’s shift to the new normal academic environment. The project will host the University’s Management Information Systems (UMIS) and Learning Management System Solutions (In-House Development) that shall serve as the backbone of the institution’s operations,” Dr. Jeffrey Clarin, ICT/MIS Director and Project Leader said.
“The establishment of Campus-Wide Area Network and Improved Internet Connectivity at Aklan State University shall strengthen the capability of ASU to facilitate flexible learning and would result in a more efficient way of delivering administrative and academic services in the entire University,” Dr. Clarin said.
Bagging another important achievement under her stewardship as ASU President, Dr. Emily Arangote expressed her elation over the approved project and her gratitude to the Commission.
“The Aklan State University extends its utmost gratitude to the Commission on Higher Education, particularly to Chair Popoy De Vera III. It’s both an honor and a privilege to be among the prominent Universities in the country to be qualified for the smart campus project grant,” Dr. Arangote said.
“As ASU President, I firmly believe that life is too precious to be risked in these precarious times. CHED’s position to promote flexible learning and develop smart campuses has shown us a better, more relevant option that can help us thrive, ensuring no ASUian is left behind.”
CHED’s initiative, spearheaded by Chairperson Dr. J. Prospero E. De Vera III, is anchored on RA 11494, otherwise known as the “Bayanihan to Recover as One Act”, which appropriated “three billion pesos (P 3,000,000,000.00) to assist SUCs in the development of smart campuses through investments in ICT infrastructure, acquisition of learning management systems and other appropriate equipment to fully implement flexible learning modalities.”