University News

 By: Dr. Cesar T. Medula, Jr.
Director, Institutional Development and Quality Assurance Office
Saint Mary’s University was a recipient of the International Quality IQS Award given on May 27, 2013
during the Business Initiative Direction (B.I.D.) International Quality Summit Convention at Marriot
Marquis Hotel, New York, USA. This is in recognition and in appreciation of SMU’s commitment to
Quality, Leadership, Technology, and Innovation making the institution an indubitable representation
of success for the Philippines in the business world.
The aforesaid convention was participated by companies from 52 countries from Europe, America,
Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East. According to Jose E. Prieto, President and CEO of B.I.D., “The
award recipients are symbols of commitment to leadership, technology and innovation, making them
models for others in their sectors.”
With said award, SMU joins the historic group of prestigious B.I.D. Quality Award Winners. Among
these outstanding companies are: Ansaldo Energia,  Italy;  RAO  –  Unified  Energy  Systems  of  Russia; 
Turner Construction of the US; KEPCO of South Korea; and CH2M HILL of USA among others.
In his acceptance speech, Rev. Fr. Renillo H. Sta. Ana, CICM, University President, sincerely expressed
his gratefulness to the administrators, faculty,  academic and non-academic personnel, alumni, friends
and benefactors of SMU for their invaluable share in the institution’s commitment to quality and
excellence.  “I thanked the B.I.D. because this award was indeed an affirmation of SMU’s high
level of accreditation by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools,  Colleges and Universities
(PAASCU), for its deregulated status, its being a Center for Excellence in Teacher  Education, Centers for
Development for Civil Engineering Education and Information Technology Education  granted by the
Philippine government through the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and many other individual
 and institutional recognitions”, Fr. Sta. Ana said.
It was also shared by the University President that the award is a strong affirmation of SMU’s renewed 
commitment to excellence and to level up its course towards total quality. “This should continue to be
a source of inspiration to every Marian to make every move a move of excellence and innovation”, he