The wait is finally over— the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) in the Main Campus is welcoming students this July at its new home, the Centennial Building which primarily becomes the state-of-the-art learning facility of the college.
Originally set to open in 2012, it has had a series of inspections after an earthquake severely hit the province. This is to ensure safety among the occupants who have grown in number year after year.
CAS is home to a booming population with its six degree programs: BS in Technology Management major in Marketing (latest offering), BS in Development Communication, BS in Mathematics, AB English major in Applied Linguistics, BS in Statistics, and AB Local Governance Administration.
The six-storey structure features two conference halls that can accommodate 150-200 persons apart from the laboratories and other utilities.Having the sun’s rays through a majority of its outer surface, the building will be naturally illumined. In an interview, the University Director for Planning and Development Rino Anthony M. Demeterio spoke of its benefit: “…natural light environment increases occupants’ efficiency and comfort.”
In the past years, CAS students and faculty had to occupy some of the designated rooms in the Engineering Building, but now a venue solely for one college awaits come school opening. KML/UPO Contributor