03 JUNE 2002
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DLSU-M inks pact with IBM, CADTech

De La Salle University-Manila, IBM Philippines, and CADTech Systems Corporation formed a strong triad in an important step to boost engineering education in the country. The signing ceremony was held on May 2 at the Marilen Gaerlan Conservatory.

The three parties signed a memorandum of understanding facilitating the University’s acquisition of CATIA, the world’s leading computer-aided design, manufacturing, and engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE) solution.

Under the agreement, DLSU-M will integrate the CATIA V5 ED2 into applicable and future engineering courses, which require the use of a CAD/CAM/CAE tool, and design and manufacture one product or part per year.

On the other hand, IBM Philippines will grant a nominal preferential rate for the right and license of CATIA. CADTech Systems Corporation will provide initial training for faculty members and assist the COE with industry networking locally, while IBM will aid with industry networking outside the country.

During the signing ceremony, Vice President for Academics and Research Brother Andrew Gonzalez, FSC, assured La Salle’s new partners that the software will be put into good use and that maximal benefits will rebound to students and faculty. With the software, the University will be in a better position to be of service to engineering education in the country and in the region.

“Since it integrates features capable of multiple engineering-related functions, acquiring a solution as sophisticated as CATIA assures the development of technology-savvy engineers, complementing their overall education to become leaders in their field in the future,” COE Dean Julius Maridable said.To be used primarily by Manufacturing Engineering and Management (MEM) majors, CATIA will provide students with a more powerful tool to produce two and three-dimensional models, simulate, and analyze product designs. The versatility of the CATIA package could help design sophisticated as well as innovative products, especially those which will help people in the countryside, according to Nilo Bugtai, chairperson of the MEM Department.

The College of Engineering (COE) is the flagship engineering institution of the Commission on Higher Education-Department of Science and Technology and the only private engineering college in the country tapped by the ASEAN University Network-Southeast Asia Engineering Development for upgrading the human resources pool in the region. La Salle’s acquisition of CATIA will help the college achieve its goal of producing world-class caliber engineers

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