The Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU) recently inaugurated its state-of-the-art Research, Innovation, Science and Enterprise Tower — better known as the RISE Tower.
Situated in Marulas, Valenzuela City, the RISE Tower is a highly advanced facility housing simulation laboratories and collaborative areas with cutting-edge equipment and technologies.
“This facility was envisioned to serve as an integrated academic space where theories taught in the four walls of the classroom will be experienced and put into play,” said OLFU president Caroline Marian S. Enriquez.
The eight-story building features the Clinical Simulation Center furnished with training units and hi-fi manikins that teach pediatric care, obstetrics care, intensive care, surgical procedures, IV therapy and more; the Air Fatima, a mock airplane cabin; the Seven on the 6th, a mock hotel; and the Robotics Center, among others.
Another highlight is the Learning Commons which is a series of learning spaces for study, research, collaboration and discussion, as well as a repository of print and digital resources.
Some of its amenities are the amphitheater-style Lecture Hall, a spacious Reading Area, and Discussion Rooms. It is also home to the Research Development and Innovation Center, the University’s capital for new discoveries.
“We hope to build up creative and innovative thinking, encourage interactive discussions, and at the same time, develop confidence and professionalism in our students,” added Enriquez.
Several guests graced the launch, including Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, Valenzuela City mayor Rex Gatchalian, vice mayor Lorena “Lorie” Natividad-Borja, Representative Weslie “Gatchalian, as well as CHED commissioner Aldrin Darilag and NCR regional director Virginia Akiate.
Sen. Gatchalian cited the facility’s ability to provide “hands-on experience”, counting it as “one of the most advanced facilities in the entire country”.
He likewise acknowledged how the City of Valenzuela and OLFU are historically intertwined since the school’s founding in 1967. “As Fatima progresses, develops, and expands, so does Valenzuela”, he said.