Prof. Marilu R. Madrunio, PhD, DFAMS, Dean of the Graduate School and faculty member of the Department of English, was recently conferred the Doctorate Fellow Award by the Academy of Multi-Skills of the United Kingdom, during the 2018 Global Conferment ceremony held for the first time in the Philippines, on October 24, 2018 in Makati City.
Madrunio, who is an applied linguist, became Dean of the Graduate School in 2013. Under her term, the Graduate School, with support from the Office of International Relations and Programs, forged a partnership with the University of Reading for the double-degree doctorate in Architecture, which five Thomasians are now pursuing. Furthermore, the Graduate School expanded its offerings to Bonifacio Global City, where the Master in Business Administration is now offered.
The doctorate fellowship is the highest conferment recognized by the British government and the Philippine Commission on Higher Education. Furthermore, the award is recognized in over 40 countries where AMS has entered into a protocol.
The recognition is awarded after a rigid screening process that begins with a nomination from another individual. In the case of Dean Madrunio, Prof. Eduardo G. Ong, PhD, a faculty in the Business Program of the Graduate School, initiated the process, which included a thorough review and vetting of Madrunio’s accomplishments and contributions to her field.
Joining Madrunio are Ambassador Alfredo Yao, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman George Barcelon, Governor Francis Chua of the Philippine Stock Exchange, Philippine National Police Director Oscar Albayalde, and Lyceum of the Philippines University President Danilo Ayap, among others.