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My dear Lasallians,

This year opens both opportunities and challenges for our Lasallian community. I am optimistic of the wonderful things ahead of us.

With a new DLSU President and Chancellor by the start of Academic Year 2015–2016, the University can expect the continued pursuit of our deeply rooted traditions of excellence and service in education. The new leadership is a renewal of our commitment to the development of our institution, as well as an affirmation of our faithful response to serve and transform lives. Through our shared mission and our collective efforts, we can continue to be a leading resource for our country and the rest of the world.

A major change that we have been preparing for is the implementation of the new academic calendar, beginning August. As we move towards this stage, we have marked a growing assurance that the transition will be smooth, as we engage ourselves in the preparations and tackle our concerns in forums and dialogues.

In the field of teaching, the introduction of the Lasallian Core Curriculum encourages us to contribute to the development of knowledge, to bring students at the center of education, and to collaborate on programs or projects that will create a positive impact on the lives of our people.

Through research, we are called to respond to the challenge of building our country through science and technology and to likewise discover and nurture our capacities as a nation. This year, DLSU will open its doors to more international conferences as well as global academic networking opportunities, to further expose the members of the Lasallian community to some of the world’s leading minds.

Our different colleges and departments have created initiatives that support the University’s service-learning thrust. Our faculty getting involved in service-learning underscores our Institution’s desire to promote community engagement.

May the spirit of our Founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle, continue to guide and inspire us all in our various roles in the fields of education, research, and community engagement. His life and work mirrored his strong faith and devotion to God, as well as his faith in his fellow Brothers and the communities they served. This year, may we all be blessed with the gifts of humility, fortitude, and innovation as we also share the gift of Lasallian education to others, especially to those who are in need.

A blessed and fruitful New Year to all of you!

Br. Dennis M. Magbanua FSC
OIC President and Chancellor

A leading institution of higher education in the Philippines

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