University administrators and benefactors gathered for the official blessing of the Dr. Carlos Tiu Center for Technology Innovation and Research yesterday.
University President Fr. Marcelo V. Manimtim, CM, Fr. Gregorio Banaga, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and top patrons Dr. Carlos Tiu of Akari Lighting and Technology Corp., and Mr. Vic Co of Manly Plastics, Inc., along with University administrators led the inaugural ceremonies for the most modern structure in the campus.
The building, now formally known as Dr. Carlos Tiu Center for Technology Innovation and Research, was named after Dr. Tiu, an avid supporter of the University’s athletic programs and sponsor for Adamson’s Lim Liok Lim and Carter Tiu Scholarships. Aside from honoring Dr. Tiu and his contributions, the said event was also dedicated to the memory of the benefactors’ late grandmother and brother.
The Center’s Audio Visual Hall, meanwhile, was named after Mr. Co’s mother, Mrs. Co Po Ty who was one of the founder of Manly Plastics.
The Co Family has also been one of the University’s ardent supporters highlighted by the Kayan Chan Fund Scholarship for Industrial Engineering students. Manly Plastics, Inc. is also one of the top industry partners of the University.
Markers located at the Center’s lobby and in front of the Co Po Ty Audio Visual Hall were also unveiled led by Fr. Manimtim and Fr. Banaga together with the benefactors’ families and guests.
The Center will be exclusively utilized by the University’s Engineering programs as part of the initiative to comply with additional requirements in laboratory, instruction, and research, and to develop all programs in Engineering into Centres of Excellence within at least a five-year period.
In addition, it will backstop the 38-year-old Ozanam Building which is no longer enough to meet the growth and development required and demanded from the University’s programs and innovation and research endeavors. Adamson’s newest academic building will also provide extra space for the increased enrolment in the College of Engineering.
The 9-storey structure features 42 classrooms including special laboratories, innovation spaces, and technology incubation hub, and four conference rooms, an audiovisual hall as well as an executive floor at the rooftop to serve visitors and partners on occasions of accreditation, certification and various academic scholarly exchanges.
The event also included the the University’s signing of Memoranda of Agreement for the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development-approved (DOST-PCIEERD) project Additive Manufacturing Center for Industrial Ceramics (AMCeram), and the naming rights for the Dr. Carlos Tiu Center to Technology Innovation and Research and Co Po Ty Audio Visual Hall.