Here is a welcome news from my alma mater, Miriam College or in my time, Maryknoll College.
Miriam has a new president! We, the alumni, and the school welcomed Ambassador Laura Quiambao-Del Rosario as it's ninth presidents on Feb. 5, at the investiture rites held at the Marian Auditorium in Quezon City. Commission on Higher Education (CHED) commissioner Dr. Aldrin A. Darilag administered the new president's oath of office.
In attendance were members of the Miriam College community led by the chair of the Board of trustees, Josefina N. Tan, friends and colleagues of Amb. Quiambao-Del Rosario from the Department of Foreign Affairs and from the diplomatic circle, and school presidents from the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, Assumption College, St. Scholastica's College, College of the Holy Spirit, St. Paul's College, and Holy Angel University. Also present were former Miriam College presidents Dr. Loreta N. Castro, and the former chair of CHED Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan.
Amb. Quiambao-Del Rosario addressed the many disruptions, interruptions, and eruptions affecting the new generation of students brought out by the advanced technology and climate change, and emphasized the need to create a learning environment where students can self-learn. "This skill will be needed as they transition from one job to another in a future of uncertainty and vulnerability," she said. "We at Miriam College hope to help parents raise a generation of self-learners who can contribute to their community and to national development, and in an expanded way, to global efforts in realizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Under her leadership, Amb. Quiambao Del-Rosario will introduce inter-disciplinary curricula and trans disciplinary courses where students can develop an expertise in two or more disciplines under one course.
An alumni of the school, she also acknowledged the lessons she learned from the Maryknoll Sisters where she was taught to work towards excellence.
"We are not reminded to look up the sky to see how high we could fly but instead we were taught to look around us and see where our talents and skills could be applied," she explained.
Ambassador Quiambao-Del Rosario has an outstanding track record of 37 years in the Philippine Foreign Service, which culminated in her appointment as undersecretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs from 2011 to 2016. She received her Bachelor's Degree major in English Literature at Maryknoll College (Miriam College's former name) and graduated magna cum laude.
Welcome, Madame president!
Published in print in Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on February 16, 2020