NwSSU Conducts Benchmarking, Eyes for QS Star Ratings

“Best practice is collaboration,” – Dr. Christine N. Ferrer, director, external linkages and international affairs, Tarlac Agricultural University

In pursuit for excellence, representatives from Northwest Samar State University conducted a benchmarking activity on Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Star Rating at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Panpacific University, and Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU) last August 18-21, 2022.

Engr. Rhio Dimakiling (Administrative Affairs Vice President), Dr. Riz Ruper Otriz (Research, Extension and External Affairs Vice President), Ms. Jonah Salcedo (Planning Director), Mr. Paolo Meñozo (Public Relation and External Affairs Director), Ms. Ivy Aligam (Budget Officer), Mr. Gil Leovigildo Ancheta (Chief Administrative Officer), Ms. Nilda Jamin (San Jorge Campus Quality Assurance Head), and Ms. Claville Meneses (ISO Focal Person) participated the said activity with the aim of understanding the processes and requirements in applying for QS Star Ratings.

On August 18, the representatives visited the first ever university in the Philippines to achieve a five-star rating, University of Sto. Tomas. Engr. Nestor Ong and Mr. Vien Vic Flores from the Office of QS/THE Rankings warmly welcomed the representatives. They gave emphasis on discussing the QS Stars Criteria: Core Criteria, Learning Environment, Specialist Criteria, and Advanced Criteria and shared the best practices of the university. The benchmarking came to a close with a tour around the university.

On August 19, Panpacific University, a QS three-star rated university in Urdaneta, Pangasinan started the benchmarking activity with a warm meet-and-greet and a campus tour where they highlighted the best practices applied in their laboratories. It was followed by an open forum session where the staff raised questions on budget requirements and methodologies. Ms. Gina Santos (University Registrar & QA Director) also shared the QS Star Journey of Panpacific University to encourage the team to pursue with the QS Star Ratings.

On August 21, Tarlac Agricultural University, which is a QS three-star rated SUC in Camiling, Tarlac, organized a benchmarking and partnership development meeting with the representatives of NwSSU. TAU and NwSSU representatives shared the best practices and collaboration prospects in Internationalization and Rankings and RDE Projects and Initiatives. The program ended with messages of commitment for collaboration between the two SUCs. Before the departure of the team, the staff of TAU led a tour around selected office of the university.