With the reorganization of the college, the Institute of Weed Science, Plant Pathology, and Entomology (IWEP) initiated a strategic planning and graduate degree program workshop last April 12-15 at the Teacher’s Camp, Baguio City.
The 4-day workshop, attended by IWEP faculty, REPS, and staff, aims to set the course of the institute in line with the direction of the college and the university.
A new mission and vision as well as a new organizational structure was formed during the workshop.
According to the new structure, the institute will have three divisions:Weed Science, Plant Pathology, and Entomology; each with a defined set of functions and programs.
A SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) was also done and the keypoints raised were the availability of experts and facilities, research concerns, social media and cyberspace presence, and overlap of functions and researches with other university units.
Moreover, a review of the IWEP graduate program offeringswas initiated and a need for developing courses exclusive for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and new courses for Master of Science (MS) programs on plant pathology and entomology was identified.
Faculty members committed to propose new courses and revised existing ones to fit the needs of the graduate students. Also, the faculty members agreed to develop graduate degree programs (both MS and PhD) on Weed Science to cater to the needs of the industry and other sectors.
In her closing remarks, Dr. Sheryl A. Yap, IWEP OIC-director, rallied the participants with her tagline “Team work makes our dream work”. She emphasized the need for everyone’s cooperation to realize the institute’s plans and goals. (Aaron Paul A. Aguas/Roden Carlo M. Lizardo, with photos courtesy of Clare Hazel R. Tabernilla)