No Tuition Fee Increase this School Year

NWU President Ben A. Nicolas approved the implementation of the "No Tuition Fee Increase" as the University opens its admission to freshmen, transferees and existing students this coming school year 2009-2010.

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Strengthening international linkages through International Relations Program
The Membership of President Nicolas to the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) in 2000 and his subsequent attendance to the XIII Triennial Conference in Sydney, Australia in June 2002 marked the internationalization of NWU through the creation of the International Relations Program to provide the university a global perspective of education through the following objectives:

Strengthen international linkages of the university
Promote faculty and student exchange
Broaden and enhance research and academic collaboration.

University Initiatives

On the invitation of President Nicolas, President Seo Myung Duck and party of Sangmyung University visited Northwestern University in July 2003 to explore the possibility of academic linkage between the two universities. In November of the same year, a Sisterhood Agreement was forged between Northwestern University and Sangmyung University in Seoul, Korea. Among others the MOA included consensual agreement to provide exchange programs and educational researches to each other, with the end-in-view of enhancing the quality of education and standard of services of both educational institutions.

Likewise a Memorandum of Understanding between St. Stephen's University of New Brunwick Canada was signed in August, 2005. The MOU defines the terms as follows:

Programs in the Philippines

Groups of students from St. Stephen's University may come to Northwestern University on study-tour programs. Details of the programs, including the number of participating students, the courses of study and the length of the programs will be mutually agreed upon by the two institutions prior to each program. Participating students will receive course credit from St. Stephen's University only.

Programs in Canada

As academic and financial conditions permit, individual faculty and/or students of Northwestern University may come to St. Stephen's University for academic programs. Details of the programs, including the number of participating students and/or faculty, the courses of study/teaching and the length of the programs will be mutually agreed upon by the two institutions on a case-by-case basis.

To date, the university is an official member of the International Association of University Presidents and Association of Universities of Asia and Pacific.

The university was represented in the following international conferences:

IAUP – XIIIth Triennial Conference, Sydney, Australia, June 2002
IAUP – XIVth Triennial Conference, Bangkok-Pattaya, Thailand, July 2005
AUAP – 10thSharing and Learning Forum, Angeles Pampanga, Philippines, March 2006

Program Implementation

In August 21 and 22 the university sponsored a series of lectures for the students of St. Stephen University. Presentations on the History of the Philippines, Filipino Family and Culture, Government Politics and the Economy of the Philippines and Sustainable Development were conducted.

Likewise the first foreign student exchange between NWU and SMU was crystalized by the arrival of two students from Sangmyung University in the person of Ms. Minyoung Cho and Minkyoung Park in October, 2005. They enrolled in the College of Business Education and took one semester course work in Management and Commerce. The University Hostel was their home in the Philippines. Activities were lined up aside from the course work they had to take. A cultural show which included Filipino songs and dances welcomed them. Tutorials in oral English were offered to them. They’re good in written English but wished to improve their spoken English. Local tours which included visits to scenic and historical sites of Ilocos Norte were conducted. During these
 
Two programs undergo PACUCOA Accreditation
Two programs underwent survey visit last February 18-20, 2008 by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA).
 
The Hotel and Restaurant Management and Computer Engineering programs underwent the Level II reaccreditation before a team of accreditors from the PACUCOA led by Engr. Vinci Nicolas Villasenor.

In the initial conference held February 19, 2007, Villasenor stressed that their presence does not aim to bring threat to the academic community but to evaluate whether the university has achieved what it has set and to help build the strengths for its competitive advantage.

The accreditors perused through the documents prepared for the different areas of accreditation such as organization and administration, student personnel services, social orientation and community involvement, physical plant and facilities, and faculty, instruction and laboratories. The accreditors also conducted ocular inspections, on-site visits, and dialogues with the faculty, non-academic staff and students.

The accreditation of the curricular programs is one of the main thrusts of the present administration as embodied in the 10-year development plan of the university. To date, the university has 19 accredited programs
 
An all-win for NWU delegates!
NWU students won in every competition joined during the 2008 Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) North Luzon Academic Olympics held in Baguio City last Feb. 15-17, 2008. The Northwesternians represented Ilocos Norte as they bested delegates from La Union, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Cagayan, Olongapo and Baguio .

Perlita Carlos, graduating Midwifery student, placed 1st in Vocal Solo. Ronjay Zapanta, 2nd year Electrical Engineering student, won gold in Bible Quiz. Emerson dela Cruz, graduating Architecture student, bagged silver in Art Competition. Frances Sinamar Abella with partner Melvin Arellano, both graduating Nursing students, placed 2nd in Vocal Duet. Jenson Naceno, 3rd year Electrical Engineering student, copped bronze in Extemporaneous Speaking. Carlos and Zapanta will be joining the national finals sometime this summer in Batanes province.

The NWU team first won during the Provincial Elimination which was held at YMCA Laoag on January 19-20.

YMCA is a world wide association of young men with Christian purpose. This voluntary and inclusive organization aims to develop and sustain youth’s God-given talents, demonstrate concern and involvement to strengthen the connection to God and to society, and provide opportunity for wholesome fellowship among the youth.
 
NWU students land in top spots in Ilocos Norte beauty pageants
They dreamed, they auditioned, they competed, and they won.
 
Catherine Domingo and Precious Audrey Raquinio successfully landed in top positions in the prestigious beauty pageants, the Miss ABC 2008 and the international quest for Miss Laoag City-Pamulinawen 2008. Both pageants were staged at the Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena, held Feb. 4 and 10, 2008, respectively.

Domingo, a freshman BS Nursing student, was declared 2nd Runner Up during the Search for Miss ABC 2008. She also bagged the Most Photogenic 2nd Runner Up Award.

Meanwhile, Raquinio landed in the top five, defeating 19 other candidates. She was crowned 3rd Runner Up during the search for Miss Laoag City-Pamulinawen 2008. Raquinio was earlier crowned as Miss ABC 2007.

In addition, two other beauty titlists in the university will be joining the Bb. Plipinas-Ilocos Norte. Jinky Miranda who was recently crowned Miss Supreme Student Council 2008, will represent her hometown Badoc. On the other hand, Miss SK San Nicolas Sharmaine Ruiz is the candidate of her town in the said pageant.

 
President Ben A. Nicolas awarded as Most Outstanding Laoageño
For his remarkable accomplishment and significant contribution in the field of Educational Management, the City Government of Laoag headed by Mayor Michael V. Fariñas, awarded Pres. Ben A. Nicolas, the Most Outstanding Laoageño Award last Feb. 12, 2008 held in Laoag City Auditorium.

Nicolas' time-honored values, traditions and displayed enviable sensitivity to the relevant issues particularly those which directly concern to Laoag City made him as an Outstanding Laoagueño.

Meanwhile, the significant role played by Nicolas in transforming NWU as an educational jewel in the North for a short time, further qualifies him for the prestigious award.

For the NWU staff, Nicolas’ aggressive response to the fast-changing environment, his tenacity, responsiveness, and determination in realizing the vision, mission, and goals of the University made him as an Outstanding Educator and Leader. With his brilliance and innovativeness, he made the University distinct to other educational institutions after NWU was granted a Deregulated Status from the Commission on Higher Education and the only institution in the country that is ISO 9001:2000 Certified.
 
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