In a memo released on January 4, Academic Vice President (AVP) Rene C. Tacastacas, SJ, urged the XU community to promote the two new graduate programs of the University, namely the Masters of Science (MS) in Biology and MS Chemistry.

This is in line with the XU Board of Trustees’ approval in September 2016 of the two mentioned programs to suit the demand for competent practitioners in the fields of Biology and Chemistry.

It’s also stated in the memo that the University is prepared to accommodate prospect enrollees with its updated facilities and top-notch faculty. XU Biology Department started offering a masters’ degree in A.Y 2016-2017 and has accommodated 10 students – three of which are scholars of the Commission of Higher Education (CHED).

According to Biology Department Chairperson Judy Sendaydiego, Ph.D., XU is the first university in Cagayan de Oro to offer a graduate studies program in MS Biology. “We really have to open last June because CHED identified us as a delivering institution. We’re ready and so far, so good,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Chemistry Department is still waiting for feedback from CHED and approval from the University Registrar before MS Chemistry will be formally offered to enrollees.

The offering of these two new programs is part of the University’s efforts to achieve its vision of becoming a leading ASEAN university by 2033 by offering new programs to hone the knowledge and skills needed for the betterment of communities worldwide.

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