Professor Dr. Pete Ooi and myself (Professor Ramaiyah) were assigned a task by our beloved Dr. Ben Lee, President of EDS to conduct leadership seminars at the esteemed Laguna State Polytechnic University (www.lspu.edu.ph). The two topics of the seminar were EQ Leadership which was conducted by Professor Dr. Pete Ooi on 19 and 20 January; and Transformational Leadership by Professor Ramaiyah on 21 and 22 January.
We arrive at the Manila Airport on Sunday, 18 January at about 10.30am greeted by none other than the Honorable Professor Dr. Ricardo A Wagan with his wife Madam Thelma Wagan. We were touched by his enthusiasm and kindness to greet us at the airport which is not the norm in the many parts of the world. Honorable Professor Dr.Ricardo A Wagan is the longest serving university President in Philippines. We were taken to a posh Chinese Restaurant in Mall of Asia for a lunch and briefed to us on our another special agenda of the visit which is the conferment of degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities (Honorary Causa) to Dr. Ben Lee and Doctor of Philosophy in Rural Development (Honorary Causa) to Congressman, Honarable Edgar S. San Luis.
After the lunch, we were sent to the Hot Spring Hotel for rest at about 4.00pm. Later at 5.30pm, we were again picked for a dinner at a famous floating restaurant which serves traditional Philippine cuisines.
During the dinner, we were introduced to all the senior officials of the university including Vice Presidents, Deans, Directors and Assistant Directors. During the dinner, Professor Dr. Wagan narrated to us on his experiences of transforming the university to the greater heights to where it is now. His unflinching effort to work tirelessly to the benefits of the students, staff, teachers, and the society are proven trough his excellent track record of placing the university as among the best in the Philippines. He is a mentor to many students, staff and leaders of the Philippines even until now.
During our stay at the university, we noticed how much Professor Dr. Wagan was adored by his fellow academics, administrators, general staff and students. His courage and spirit to lead and transform the people and university is very rare indeed. Above all his position and image in the society we are indeed speechless and amazed with the kind of hospitality and respect he has given to the EDS team. We are very much grateful to the kindness, unconditional love and passion shown to us by the Honorable Professor Dr. Richard A Wagan and his wife and the whole team of distinctive professors.
75 professors and senior faculty from all the campuses (Stanta Cruz, San Pablo, Siniloan and Los Banos) attended the training session.
The joint EDS and LSPU International Leadership Training were attended by seventy five professors from different university campuses. Both seminars received excellent ratings from the participants and they are looking forward to more such seminars in near future under the EDS flagship.
EDS Senior Faculty
Ready by EDS Team @ 23rd January 2009.
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