A NEW CHANCELLOR
The College started the AY 15-16 welcoming its new Chancellor, Mr. Robert “Bob” Tang. This is the first time that the role of the Chancellor was separated from the President, a direction from De La Salle Philippines that aimed to empower more leaders in its leading tertiary institutions.
With 23 years in service, Mr. Tang contributed to Benilde’s growth from a faculty member, to Dean of the School of Management and Information Technology (formerly known as the School of Business Management) in 2003 and Vice Chancellor for Academics since 2007. Mr. Tang received various research grants and awards. His leadership was key to the College’s trailblazing degree program offerings in the past years. He was installed as the Chancellor on 14 September 2015 at Benilde’s School of Design and Arts Building.
GALLERY OF GRATITUDE
With gratitude, the College shifted its gaze through its history to give recognition to the “authors of the story of Benilde”. The “authors” were the Benildean partners whose generosity paved the way for the College to reach 27 years. Multimedia Arts Alumni designed the Gallery of Gratitude that featured books with the names of the “authors”.
The Gallery of Gratitude was unveiled along with the new Vision-Mission Wall at the School of Design and Arts Building, last 11 January 2016.
CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE & LEVEL 4 PAASCU ACCREDITATION
Benilde’s focus on the culture of excellence was validated by the accordance of its Centers of Excellence (COE) that was given by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Level 4 Accreditation Status that was given by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).
The Business Administration Programs under the School of Management and Information Technology and the Hotel and Restaurant Management Programs under the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management earned their COEs last December 2015. SHRIM also earned its Level 4 PAASCU Accreditation last January 2016.
The College geared up towards Borderless Benildean Education through BigSky Benilde, a pedagogically-driven integrated learning platform that can be accessed anytime, anywhere, by anyone. BigSky Benilde is a versatile, intelligent, future-focused, and mobile-ready application that supports learning activities, even for diversely gifted learners.
This program was a result of the partnership with Globe and Brightspace. BigSky Benilde creates limitless possibilities in offering Benildean education.
BROTHERS HOUSE PROGRAM
The Benildean Community adopted the first Brothers House Program for tertiary education. The BHP was developed after the Thinc Camp, an off-campus gathering that brought together teaching and non-teaching Benildean Associates of the College. THINC Camp built stronger ties, and fostered camaraderie among Benildean Associates, which BHP will further establish.
The BHP is composed of 7 Houses, each with house parents; the program is guided by the Headmaster and the Council of Elders. All Benildean Associates are sorted to a Brother’s House. Human Resource activities, such as the House Cup, Bloodletting Activity, Coastal Cleanup and the Thinc Camp 3, were done through the BHP.
BENILDE SERVICE LEVEL STANDARDS
In line with the goals of Inclusion and Innovation, Benilde embarked on developing its formal service level standards that aims to offer complete, correct and timely service to its internal (Benildean associates) and external stakeholders (students, parents and partners). This project includes the establishment of the performance management system and the standard operations manual of the different units in the College.
The process kicked off with a service surveys with internal and external stakeholders. The survey alone prompted the need to address concerns such as the improvement of restroom facilities, e-jeep services and the internet access and speed. The standards are set for implementation in Academic Year 18-19.
SCHOOL OF DIPLOMACY AND GOVERNANCE
Benilde inaugurated its School of Diplomacy and Governance, where the Consular and Diplomatic Program will be housed. SDG’s mission is to provide students a holistic and balanced education, including the critical knowledge and cutting edge training essential for effective engagement in the practice of diplomacy and governance, within the context of a highly–competitive global environment.
The Consular Diplomatic Affairs program was previously administered under the School of Multidisciplinary studies.
DLS-CSB & LSCA INTEGRATION
During the Town Hall Assembly in February 2016, we announced the integration of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) with the tertiary department of La Salle College Antipolo (LSCA). The integration is a move to expand the goals of Inclusion and Innovation in the northern part of the Luzon.
De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Antipolo will start admitting students in Academic Year 2018-2019.
BENILDE PRIZE 2015
The College challenges the students from all over the country to shift paradigms through the Benilde Prize.
The Benilde Prize is the first University-based social design competition, as well as an accelerator-incubator. As stated in it is website, it is dedicated to mentoring and launching the next wave of social innovators who are empowered with the creative intelligence and confidence to come up with scalable and sustainable solutions that can achieve breadth and depth of impact.