CPU offers 'Packaging Engineering' the first and only in the Philippines
True to its vision of "Exemplary Christian Education for Life (EXCEL) and responsive to the needs of the total person and world", Central Philippine University (CPU) introduces the first and only in the Philippines -- the Bachelor of Science in Packaging Engineering -- this school year 2006-2007.
The Bachelor of Science in Packaging Engineering program covers a 5-year curriculum and is expected to fill the gap in packaging engineering in the country and in Southeast Asia. Packaging is deemed as the third largest industry in the world. In the Philippines alone, there are about 5,000 positions in various government industries and around 4,000 job vacancies in private businesses that need to be filled up by packaging engineers. These industries and businesses include food, medical, consumer, institutional, household, automotive, chemical, electronics, furniture, and hazardous materials.
Packaging professionals, government agencies, and CPU alumni have shown support for the program through donations of books, scholarships and technical assistance. Later next year, a batch of equipment from donors is expected to arrive from the U.S. for the putting up of a packaging laboratory within the campus.
Dr. Lejo Braña, Senior Consultant of the School of Packaging, said, "We will be the first Student Chapter of the Packaging Professionals of the U.S." Dr. Braña is an alumnus of CPU (High School '53) and is the first Certified Packaging Professor from the Philippines.
The packaging education in Central Philippine University is supported by the Packaging Institute of the Philippines, the Packaging R&D Center of the Philippines, and the Department of Science and Technology and many respected packaging professionals and institutions from the US and the Philippines. At present, B.S. Packaging Engineering has more than 40 enrollees.
For details about the program, please contact Engr. Dany C. Molina (Dean, College of Engineering, tel. 033-3291971 loc 1084), Engr. John Dandee Hechanova (Packaging Education Program Coordinator, tel. 033-3291971 loc 1083), or Pastor Jonan Castillon (Inaugural Program Coordinator, tel. 033-3291971 loc 2100) or visit the website www.cpu.edu.ph.
Central Philippine University is a premiere educational institution in Jaro, Iloilo City, Philippines. Founded in 1905 by Baptist missionaries, it is located in a 24-hectare campus conducive for learning and reflection. The university is ISO 9001-2000 accredited and was granted full autonomy by the Commission on Higher Education. Added to its prestige is its being a tourism site in Western Visayas.