For one hundred years now, Central Mindanao University has not stopped flying its wings. It has lived up to its commitment to provide quality education to the poor but deserving students in Mindanao. With the new challenges brought about by technology and knowledge revolution, CMU has remained steadfast and has been producing highly competent and globally competitive graduates in various fields of specialization.
As an academic institution of higher learning, CMU is highly sensitive and responsive to the needs of its various clients. It offers twenty nine (29) undergraduate academic degree programs through its nine professional colleges: Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Commerce and Accountancy, Education, Engineering, Forestry, Home Economics, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine. As a University, CMU offers thirty three (33) highly specialized graduate programs through its Graduate School. To be relevant and to cater the needs ofthe emerging markets, it also offers short-term Special Courses as well as TESDA competency courses.
Central Mindanao University celebrated its centennial year. The University research has continued its mandate which is to conduct relevant, basic and applied researches to answer the needs of the community in the region or even in the entire Mindanao.
The University Research Office consists of the following: the main Research Office, the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES), the University Museum and the Mt. Musuan Zoological and Botanical Garden.
This report highlights the accomplishments of the University Research Office from January to December 31, 2010.On-going Research Studies
- The University has a total of thirty seven (37) on-going researches as of December 31, 2010. Of these studies, twenty nine (29) are funded by CMU while eight (8) are funded by external sources. These external funding sources include CHED, PHILRICE, PCARRD DOST-PCARRD, and National Seed Industry obtained by the faculty members or by the officials of the University.
- For the period January to December 31, 2010, a total of eleven projects/studies were completed. Nine (9) of these completed researches were CMU funded while two (2) were funded from external sources.
As the reaching arm of the University, the Extension Office is responsible in bringing about desirable changes among people in its service area, thus help achieve relevance of university’s curricular programs to address community problems, needs and resources.
The University Extension through its different units has accomplished over and above its targets. There were less extension activities during the period under review attributed to the election ban, effect of the El Niño phenomenon on farming, as well as the centennial celebration of CMU, however, despite these uncontrollable events the unit has still carried out its function, specifically, having conducted 12 on-going extension programs/projects through its CMU-COMBASUDEP, CMU-BIDANI, CMU-DAR MINSAD and Entrepreneurial Project for Homemakers and OSY and other related programs.
Among its major accomplishments as of January to December 2010 are the following:
- Conducted 14 extension programs
- Assisted 417 barangays
- Conducted 95 trainings
- Trained 2,380 persons
- Assisted 6,127 farmers
- Developed 10 IEC materials
- Demonstrated 34 technologies
- Conducted 4 Info-drives
- Served 1,515 visitors and office callers
- Attended 42 farmers meetings
- Conducted 1,670 farm & home visits
Production is the fourth major function of the University which is under the Business Management and Resources Development Office (BMRDO). It focuses on the production, protection, management and development of the agri-based and forest-based entrepreneurships in order to generate income as well as to provide support services to instruction, research and extension.
The BMRDO is directly under the Office of the University President whose head is designated as Special Assistant to the President (SAP).
At this moment, the BMRDO is headed temporarily by Dr. Lordino G. Cabigon because of the termination of the designated SAP Dr. Louella M. Cabahug.
The BMRDO has two (2) divisions of production projects: 1.) Agribusiness Division (AD) with a total of 22 production projects; 2) Forest Resources Development Division (FRDD) with 5 projects.
Agribusness production projects include: Lowland rice (inbred), Lowland rice seed (Seednet), Upland Multicrops and Fruit crops, commercial nursery, Rubber, Sugarcane Coffee & Cacao, Cassava, Coconut and Rice Mill project while Animal production projects include: Fishpond, Beef, Dairy, Goat, Sheep, Poultry, Swine, vermiculture and Feedmill. On the other hand, the FRDD Division incluides: (1) Forest Nursery Sections such as Timber harvesting, Saw Milling, Carpentry and Furniture; (2) Forest Establishment and Maintenance Section and (3) Forest Protection Section.