The Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) awarded the paper submitted by UA&P first prize during PACUCOA’s 32nd General Assembly held virtually last December 6-7. Entitled “Extension Programs in IT Education: Lessons and Best Practices amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic by the University of Asia and the Pacific,” the paper was chosen in the search for Best Practices in Community Outreach Program.


The paper was written by a team from the Department of Information Science and Technology (IST) of the School of Sciences and Engineering (SSE) composed of Cyrus Paolo Buenafe, Rommel Deocaris, Giuseppe Ng, Anthony Saul and Shirley Tolentino. Mr. Buenafe, chair of the department, shared a video presentation on the highlights of the prize-winning paper just before the awarding ceremony. The award was presented online to University President Dr. Winston Conrad B. Padojinog.

Over the past years, the University has consistently been in the winning list of PACUCOA’s search for Best Research Paper, but this is the first time that UA&P made it to the search for Best Practices in Community Outreach Program.