PWU President Turns Over SMEC Consortium Presidency to Adamson University President

by: L. Munalim

PWU President Mr. Marco Alfredo M. Benitez has relinquished his responsibility as The South Manila Educational Consortium (SMEC) Consortium president today, 11 March 2022, via Zoom during the Virtual SMEC) Assembly.

Fr. Marcelo V. Manimtim, the sixth president of Adamson University, gladly accepted the new and challenging onuses on his shoulders, especially during the onslaught of the pandemic. “I willingly and happily take over the presidency with the assurance of support from the different SMEC member colleges and universities,” the new president expressed.

Previously, Mr. Marco’s predecessor-turned-Congressman, Dr. Jose Francisco B. Benitez served as the SMEC President for the school year 2018-2020. PWU spearheaded a number of laudable activities and projects including the SMEC Research Congress in 2018.

Founded in 1974, The South Manila Educational Consortium (SMEC) is one of the longest running educational consortiums in Asia.

To date, SMEC has 12 active member institutions: Adamson University, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, De La Salle University, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Lyceum of the University Philippines, Philippine Christian University, Philippine Normal University, Philippine Women’s University, Santa Isabel College, St. Paul University Manila, St. Scholastica’s College, and the University of the Philippines Manila.

In today’s General Assembly, the different committee chairpersons reported and shared with the members indispensable trajectories as we transition and move forward post-pandemic, which will affect the blueprints of the consortium such as Student Services Development; Curriculum and Instructions; Faculty and Administrative Staff Development; and Research, among others.

PWU is a 103-year-old university founded in 1919.

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