The recently concluded CHED SUC Fair 2023, held at SM City Iloilo, became a testament to the resilience and progress of higher education institutions despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic. Representatives from the University of Southern Mindanao (USM), Sultan Kudarat State University (SKSU), Cotabato State University (CotSU), South Cotabato State College (SCSC), and Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology (CFCST) showcased their innovation and creativity, bagging the prestigious 3rd place in the highly anticipated Best Booth and Bazaar competition.
From July 10 to 13, 2023, the CHED SUC Fair brought together a total of 82 State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) from across the country, each highlighting their respective contributions to the advancement of higher education. The event was hosted by West Visayas State University, under the leadership of Dr. Joselito Villaruz, WVSU President.
The fair featured a wide array of exhibits, demonstrations, and interactive booths, providing a platform for SUCs to showcase their achievements, research, and innovations. The theme for this year’s event was, “Navigating the Global Landscape Through Innovations, Cultural, and Arts Preservation and Higher Education Quality.”
Distinguished guests, including First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos, a WVSU law professor, attended the opening ceremony. The First Lady also graced the Innovation Exhibit and Demo, which captivated visitors with its cutting-edge technologies and groundbreaking projects.
In the highly competitive Best Booth and Bazaar competition, Region 12, represented by USM, SKSU, CotSU, SCSC, and CFCST, emerged as a strong contender, securing 3rd place. Their creative and engaging design, coupled with innovative products and services, captivated the judges and visitors alike. Region 2 claimed the top spot, while Region 10 secured the 2nd place, both impressing the crowd with their unique concept and interactive displays.
The success of Region 12 in the Best Booth and Bazaar competition shows the region’s commitment to excellence and dedication to pushing the boundaries of innovation in higher education.
The CHED SUC Fair 2023 serves as a reminder that despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, SUCs remain steadfast in their pursuit of academic excellence, research breakthroughs, and transformative innovation.
The CHED SUC Fair 2023 has not only provided a platform for knowledge exchange and collaboration but has also inspired a new generation of learners, researchers, and innovators to continue pushing the boundaries of higher education. It is a celebration of resilience, creativity, and the relentless spirit of Filipino educators and students who are shaping the future of the nation.