PM Solution Pro travel log : BSU aiming to be one of the leading Universities in the Philippines and Asia

Photo shows PM Solution Pro and KATHAKO Founder Rufran C. Frago with Batangas State University and PASUC President Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo

Rufran’s recent trip to the Philippines brought him back to his alma mater, Batangas State University (BSU). It’s been almost twenty years since he last set foot in the University Main Campus. It has grown to 37,966 (AY 2016–2017)[4] student-strong.

His purpose was to see the University and Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) President Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo[3]. It was a privilege to be given the chance to talk with him considering that whole week was extremely busy with graduation rites he needed to attend to.

It was a "short-notice request" for an appointment made through Dr. Jessie Montalbo, Vice President for Administration and External Affairs, the final arrangement of which was subsequently coursed through the University Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs and concurrent University Librarian Dr. Agnes D. Arellano.

He walked through the concrete roads, walkways, stairs and corridors leading to the Office of the President with pride and yearning in his every step. The place was vastly improved with new buildings, modern infrastructures, state-of-the art facilities, and a well-balanced façade more pleasing to the eyes. The amazing growth BSU has undergone through the years was truly a sight to behold. The President proudly intimated during their discussion one of his favourite philosophies, “To appreciate the content, one has to develop a good container.” 

Rufran’s objective was simply to donate copies of the four internationally published books he has authored, all revolving around the topic of Risk-based Management. He wants to share his thoughts, philosophies, experiences, and learnings with the students. It was his way of giving back to the University that nurtured his education.

The books were as follow:

  1. Risk-based Management in the World of Threats and Opportunities: A Project Controls Perspective.ISBN 978-0-9947608-0-7.Canada
  2. Plan to Schedule, Schedule to Plan.ISBN 978-0-9947608-2-1.Canada
  3. How to Create a Good Quality P50 Risk-based Baseline Schedule.ISBN 978-0-9947608-1-4.Canada
  4. Schedule Quantitative Risk Analysis (Traditional Method).ISBN 978-0-9947608-3-8.Canada

Batangas State University Logo

The Batangas State University, abbreviated as BatStateU, BatSU, or BSU, is a state university in the province of Batangas, Philippines.[8] Established in 1903 as a training school, Batangas State University is the oldest higher education institution in the province.[9] It was granted a state college status in 1968, renamed Pablo Borbon Memorial Institute of Technology, and was finally elevated into a state university in 2001.[2][1] At present, the university has ten campuses in Batangas.[10]  Since 1999, Batangas State University has been consistently the top and the second top performing mechanical engineering school in the country based on the results of the biannual board examinations [11]. (Source : Wikipedia, 2019). It’s motto: “Leading Innovations, Transforming Lives.”

"In 2018, the Batangas State University (BSU), Shanghai University of Electric Power (SUEP), and Shanghai Electric Power Construction Company (SEPC) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOU). The partnership will provide opportunities for faculty members and students to actively participate in educational programs and practices between them in the areas of academic, administrative, and professional development. The University's search for operational excellence did not stop there as it explores possible fields of collaboration with Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) of Singapore (BSU Chronicle, 2018)."

Rufran is positive that in the not too distant future, BSU will reach out to Canadian Universities in its continuous pursuit of high-quality education, cross-cultural exchanges, and mutual accreditation. PM Solution Pro would like to see this brokered sooner than later and would gladly step-up to participate.