Mindanao State University – General Santos
Mindanao State University – General Santos (MSU-Gensan) is a premier state university in Southern Philippines. It is one of the 10 campuses of MSU System, the primary mandate of which is to provide quality yet affordable education in Mindanao. The campus in General Santos has been doing just that since 1967 and it has continued to expand its reach and influence ever since. As a result, many students from this region have been given an opportunity to get an education that is relevant to their context, without costing them all their parent’s life savings.
Its 156 hectare campus is located in Barangay Fatima which is a few minutes away from the General Santos airport. Although there are main entry points, my good friends who are also alumnis in this university, shared that they sometimes climb over the perimeter fence for a quicker shortcut. Most students also wouldn’t mind walking to and from the main gate even if there are habal-habals (motorcycles) plying this route. With its sprawling yet scenic complex, it is hard not to lose a few pounds when you are studying at MSU-Gensan.
This is actually the third MSU university I have been to after being an alumnus of MSU-IIT in Iligan and some brief visits to MSU-Main in Marawi during my college days. While there is a healthy rivalry amongst the sister schools, I believe that each has uniquely survived annual budget cuts, played to its own strengths and developed its own own culture through the years.
Most importantly, each MSU satellite school campus or university has played an important role in shaping the local economy by producing top calibre graduates who are now working as professionals in the private sector, public servants in the government and even bankable stars in the entertainment industry.
I would have wanted to find my college professor who is now teaching at MSU-Gensan’s College of Engineering, but we were pressed for time that morning when we dropped by this campus last year. It was a rather brief visit but I enjoyed my time there nonetheless.
If you graduated from MSU-Gensan, what are your best memories of this place? Any food hunts, interesting buildings that I should take note if I could visit it again someday?