USAID and WMSU launch first PSM in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY, March 20 2017 – Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) launched the first-ever Professional Science Master’s (PSM) program in Zamboanga City, one of USAID’s Cities Development Initiative sites.

The PSM is an innovative graduate degree program designed to provide students with advanced education in science and engineering, while simultaneously developing business, management and other workplace skills highly valued by employers.
USAID’s Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) program conducted a series of trainings and consultations on curriculum development, in collaboration with Permex, a local producer and exporter of canned sardines and tuna products.

The program is a “PSM in Food Processing and Management” which will train professional food scientists specializing in technical areas of nutrition, microbiology, food processing and packaging. It will also give them an opportunity to experience real-world issues in the Philippine food industry – specifically, manufacturing operations, supply chain analysis, market analysis, and sustainability in the processing of sardines and tuna products.

Present during the launching were WMSU’s President Dr. Mirabel Enriquez-Ho and VP for Academic Affairs; Permex, Corp.’s Plant Manager Engr. Edgar Lim; STRIDE’s COP Dr. Dave Hall and Faculty and Institutional Development Manager Dr. Leo Abenes; and representatives from the regional Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and from the local government.

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