The Various Sides of Northwestern University's Education

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The Various Sides of Northwestern University's Education


From humble beginnings, Northwestern University has today emerged as a leading and progressive institution of learning in Laoag City and Ilocos Norte. It

is committed to provide a learning environment geared towards excellence and thus, prepares students to be worldclass citizens.

STUDENTS' INVOLVEMENTAND ACHIEVEMENTS

The university has always considered extracurricular activities essential to the balanced formationand development of the students. Northwestern University also believes that cultural awareness is necessary in order for an individual to be holistically developed. Hence, the Saguday CulturalTroupe of Northwestern University is an authentic confi rmation of the commitment to emphasize the Philippine culture, particularly that of the Ilocanos. 'Saguday' (naisagut a laing), an Ilocano term, which means "God-given potentials," aims to strengthen students inclination to culture and the arts.

Accredited by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA), the organization is composed of the following: Saguday Dance troupe, NWU After Five Band, NWU Marching Band, and Saguday Singers. Qualified members of these organizations are entitled for a tuition fee discount. At present, there are 74 members of the Saguday Cultural Troupe, who share their potentials during provincial, regional and national talent shows.

Northwestern University is not only concerned with and focused on the academic knowledge of the students; it is also concentrated on their development and improvement of technical and vocational skills. Supportive to this mission, the university drives students to engage themselves in competitionthat will enhance their God-given endowments. Just recently, Richard Neil, a fifth year B.S. Architecture Student of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology won second place in the Regional Poster Making Contest sponsored by the Department of Agrarian Reform. …

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