Last year, there was a flurry of anticipation generated from students and alumni of the GenSan campus of the Mindano State University (MSU) when the institution announced that it will begin development of a highly in-demand college in their system: Medicine. An estimated timetable for opening an MSU GenSan College of Medicine was given for the year 2020, with groundbreaking for the site to be done in the latter half of 2018. Nothing came to pass of this initial news. But now, MSU GenSan has announced that they will certainly begin the development of their College of Medicine this 2019.
The Philippine News Agency reports that work on the proposed site for the Mindanao State University – GenSan College of Medicine can begin this year. The update was given on Thursday, March 7, by City Councilor Rosalita Nuñez, also chairwoman of the council committee on education. Nuñez said that a 1,650-square meter property next to its three-hectare extension campus in the city proper is about ready to be developed as the College of Medicine site. She adds this was decided earlier in the week by university officials, saying that “they told me that they are ready to start (with the development) of the College of Medicine.”
Councilor Nuñez is also part of the MSU Graduate School faculty, with its campus close to the heart of GenSan. She elaborates on the status of the new college, saying that rather than being connected to MSU GenSan, it will operate as an extension of the main MSU College of Medicine, located in Marawi. The city is still recovering from the siege undertaken against it by government forces, to eliminate ISIS-aligned militants that seized control of it for five months. The opening of a medical college in another city with a standing MSU campus would be a great help in continuing the operation of its educational institutions during Marawi’s rehabilitation.
To begin the development of the new College of Medicine in earnest, Councilor Nuñez notes that the land title for the city government-owned site must still be pushed through. The City Council has already passed a resolution giving City Mayor Ronnel Rivera the authority to title the area for MSU.
Established in 1967, the GenSan campus of Mindanao State University is primarily based in Barangay Tambler, with a city downtown extension. It has ten colleges and units for students: agriculture, business administration and accountancy, education, engineering, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences and humanities (main); while the extension houses their Law School, laboratory high school and Graduate Studies department.
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