The Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology has been identified and designated as Center of Excellence in Fisheries  in accordance with CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 38, series of 2015.

In Region IX, ZSCMST is the only Higher Education institution  among private and public State Colleges and Universities to get the title “Center for Excellence in Fisheries.”  This materialized when the college underwent evaluation through the very  effort of the College President Dr. Milavel Depacaquivo-Nazario whose thrust is to bring  the college to greater heights.

Dr. Nazario’s vision of COE shaped up through the  willpower and determination of  the incontestable collaborative effort of the Dean of the College of Fisheries and Applied Sciences, Prof. Oliver D. Tito and the faculty  and students to grab the title and is now to be celebrated.

Center of Excellence is an inherent mandate of the Commission on Higher Education as outlined in Republic Act 7722 to strengthen and further improve the qualityof fishery education and ensure the accelerated development of an HEI in the said  field.  Center of Excellence is designated to  ZSCMST because it continuously demonstrate excellent performance and highest degree or level of standards among the public and private Higher Education Institutions. ZSCMST College of Fisheries and Applied Sciences  continuously demonstrates  and manifests this excellent performance. With this, the  college benefits  financial assistance on projects geared towards the improvement of the fishery program and implementation of such project should conform to the policies stipulated in the  CHED Memorandum Order. The grants given to projects are allocated for instructional and research capability building, research projects andnetworking, extension and linkages activities. In return, it is expected that the College will take the lead in uplifting the quality of education in the field of responsibility which is the Fisheries.

Since Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology is designated to be the Center of Excellence, the college serves as the role model in Fisheries Education in the  entire Region IX, institutional leader in all aspects of development in Fisheries, and accelerate the development of the aforementioned program through strategic developmental agenda and projects.

Congratulations to ZSCMST for it notched another academic milestone that the College’s stakeholders and the community will benefit. — Marife R. Villafranca/Director, ZSCMST Media Affairs