The word “mission” has different meanings. Military operations are missions to accomplish. So with educational institutions’ tasks to realize something. Every school has a mission to carry out.  That is why, one can’t miss seeing beautiful lines painted in conspicuous places, of course within the school premise: “Education (Bright future) starts here.”

Even for missionary movements, the word ‘mission” is a by-word. Groups and organizations arising within a particular religious tradition whose concern is to witness by word and deed, at home and abroad, to the beliefs of their religion, so that others may come to know and live the truth as they understand it. In short, the bearers of the word vow to bring a lost soul to their fold. Or to light a torch for them.

 The bottom line of the word is the accomplishment of something earlier planned; something that is always within the parameters of a vision.

In the case of UNP, the first State university in the region, its mission is always centered on its four-fold functions, that is, instruction, research, extension and production.

Let us see the well-crafted mission of UNP.

The University of Northern Philippines is tasked to

a. provide quality education through modernization, accreditation, and effective consultation of linkages;

b. enhance research through expansion of commodity coverage and capacitation of faculty and staff members;

c. intensify extension through provision of impact projects, and

d. improve production through the optimal utilization of available resources making our graduates effective development managers and useful; citizens in the community.

Schools exist to serve the educational needs of the people. It’s a mandate that they shall provide quality education. The Constitution is replete with such provisions. However, in the mission of UNP, the  ways to attain these things are enumerated.

One is through modernization. A school can’t exist any longer unless it embraces the newer trends of teaching; the facilities must be within the bounds of acceptable standards. Though it is hard to equip schools with state-of-the-art technology, perhaps it would be more than enough if the most basic facilities are provided.

Accreditation is another identified need. Accreditation as earlier discussed is synonymous with quality education. When schools are aiming for quality education, different areas ( there are ten of them, each will be discussed in future articles) are to be rated outstanding or at least very satisfactory. All major concerns should be given attention.

To live without neighbors would be a total loss. Like any other schools, to have partners in making our graduates become useful citizens is a must. That is what the phrase ‘effective consultation of linkages’ means.

UNP is known for its well conducted researches. Before, researches are conducted within the bounds of the different academic offerings of the school. But now, with the expansion of commodity coverage, UNP has centers of commodity researches.

UNP keeps on honing the research skills of its personnel. Their finished researches are reflective of the caliber of the faculty and staff. Their names are always seen in various researchable areas. Many had presented their findings in national and international fora.  This only manifests expertise and flexibility of UNP personnel.

Other stakeholders are greatly considered by UNP. The community, for instance, must always be consulted. To support self-reliance among the community folks, UNP intensifies its extension services through provision of impact projects. Meaning, UNP accounts what are the greatest needs of the community so that skills trainings, or whatever is afforded to them. In other words, the people are empowered to become independent but productive citizens.

The worlds can’t provide abundant resources to all. Scarcity is always the rule. But this does not impede anybody to become a productive member of the society. He should instead be challenged with that deficiency.

In the case of UNP, the improvement of production is attained through the wise use of available resources. The not-so-spacious UNP ground/ area is considered by others as a sorry state. Unlike other SUCs in the region that are blessed with large estate but draws little income, UNP with this defect turned blessing, still manages to draw a sizeable and much needed budget for its operation. Perhaps many will agree if I say that the key is corporatization.

All these tasks are undertaken for the students themselves. UNP really stands to its noble task of existence: for the people.#