The Ateneo de Zamboanga University Graduate School celebrates its 40th year of service in the field of post-graduate education this year, 2017.
Slated as a three-year event, the anniversary kicked off with a soft opening October last year, followed by a series of activities, including seminars, workshops, and fora by the different Schools and Colleges running the graduate programs of the Ateneo.
Continuing the celebration, the School of Liberal Arts (SLA) will hold a series of Lecture-Discussions on Social Science on March 3, 2017, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the College Audio-Visual Room in Salvador Campus, La Purisima. It will commence with a talk on Argument Against Lowering Age of Criminal Liability to 13 Years Old by Jayson V Sabdilon, Chair, Psychology Department, and will end with a discussion on Love, color, gender, and power in US Federalism: Reflections of the Philippine Setting by Hezekiah A Concepcion, a faculty of the Social Sciences Department.
Earlier, SLA’s Departments of Philosophy and Religious Studies held a Forum on the Self at the Crux of the Environment and Spirituality, with the theme, “Environment, Digitization, and Theology,” also at the College AVR. At the "crux" of the program were several presentations covering topics on Philosophy and Ignatian Spirituality.
Another seminar on English Language: Theory and Practice was conducted by SLA’s Languages Department last year at the Carlos Dominguez Conference Hall in Salvador campus. On the theme, English in a Multilingual Setting, topics included Translanguaging: Then, Now and Later, World Englishes in the Face of Globalization, Mother tongue-based Instruction: Moving Forward to Multilingual Education, English as Lingua Franca, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Also taking part in the celebration, the School of Education (SEd) held a 2-day lecture on Mentoring the Mentors: Advancing Skills in Thesis and Dissertation Mentoring last February 24-25, 2017 at the City Inn Hotel with Dr Jerome A Ouano, Chair of the Counselling and Educational Psychology Department, De La Salle University in Manila as guest lecturer.
Earlier, a lecture on how to Enhance Scholarly Work through Effective Literature Reviews was delivered to PhD students by Dr Robin A Delos Reyes and Dr Dorothy Joann Lei O Labrador, both faculty of the SEd, while Romeo A Rabajante, chair of the Dept of Information Technology (IT) of the College of Science and IT, taught MAED students how to Build a Digital Classroom through NEO LMS.
The College of Nursing, for their part, conducted a series of outreach activities such as Bloodletting at the Salvador campus and Mangrove planting in Talon-Talon, among others.
Considered to be a catalyst in the development and progress in Zamboanga City and Western Mindanao, the Ateneo Graduate School considers two of its primary concerns, “to upgrade the professionals in Region IX and to have a strong pool of academicians in the graduate level,” according to Dr Elenida L Maizo, Graduate School faculty who sat as Dean from June 1995 to June 15, 2001.
The Graduate school opened in 1976, in consortium with the Ateneo de Davao University. The first program offered was the Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA), during the term of the late Fr Asterio Katigbak SJ, then Rector and President, with Juanito Chiong, Dean of College, and Remedios F Marmoleño, Coordinator.
Other masteral degree programs followed: Public Administration (MPA) in 1978, Nursing (MAN) in 1979, Guidance and Counseling (MSGC) in 1980, and Education (MAED) major in English, Filipino, Early Childhood Education, and Educational Administration in 1981. All these post-graduate courses were developed during the period of office of Fr Ernesto Carretero SJ, who sat first as Dean in 1977, then as President of Ateneo in 1979.
The Ateneo Graduate School flourished in the next two decades adding the following programs:
• Master of Arts (MA) major in English and Filipino 1990
• Master in Science Teaching (MST) major Biology, Chemistry, and Science Education 1990
• Master in Medical Education (MMED) 1996
• PhD Development Studies (PhD DS) 1997
• PhD Language Studies (PhD LS) 1997
• MA in Language Studies 1997
• MA in Peace Education 1997
• MA in Organizational Psychology (MA OrgPsyc) 2001
• Master in Science in Computer Science (MSCS) 2001
• MAED major in Computer Education 2003
• PhD Development Management (PhD DEVM) major in Education 2005
• PhD DEVM major in Business 2005
• Master in Nursing (MN) 2008
• MA in Guidance and Counseling (MAGC) 2009
• PhD in Science Education major in Mathematics 2010.
This school-year 2016-17, additional programs were offered in PhD in Psychology, Master (MP) in Psychology, Master of Arts in Religious Education (MA RE), Master in Information Technology (MIT), and Masters of Arts in Health Administration (MAHA).