THE Romblon State University (RSU) recently received recognition from the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) for its concerted efforts performed as an institutional partner in the three-year implementation of its Department of Science and Technology Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DoST-PCIEERD)-funded project titled Smarter Philippines through Data Analytics, R&D, Training and Adoption (Sparta).

RSU President Merian Catajay-Mani and Vice President for Administration and Finance Tomas Faminial represented the university during the agency's 3rd Online Recognition Ceremony with the theme, "Celebrating Future Data Experts," via Zoom on Nov. 29, 2022.

Project Sparta was launched to put in place the necessary online education, research, and development mechanisms, and infrastructure to enable the industry of data science and analytics (DSA) and to advance smart governance practices through knowledge democratization and engagement.

Prior to the said event, RSU forged a partnership with DAP during the Philippine Conference on Data Science and Analytics. It then organized an online roadshow in the Mimaropa region promoting DSA courses offered in the project, discussing how to establish a data-literate community in the institution through Sparta learning pathways, and explaining the scholarship process.

RSU also endorsed Sparta's Hackathons and Open Data Challenge which targeted developing data-driven solutions to the pressing problems of Butuan City.

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Through the RSU Training and Technical Advisory Services Office headed by Director Frankie Fran, the university contributed to the championing of Sparta's goal of building an ecosystem of DSA in the country through strategic social media presence, collaborative development of marketing materials, an initiative to discuss the implementation plans, and early submission of the signed memorandum of understanding.