So, what is Silliman education?
Silliman education is not just a classroom. Education at Silliman goes beyond what meets the eye -- not the physical attributes that build our comfort zones and sense of pride for being a Sillimanian; not what your money can buy; not the mere catalogue that traps within its pages the photos of your dreams.
At Silliman, education is what beats within you. It is the heart that pulls your goals and aspirations together, and the spirit that breathes life to them. Slowly, you make sense of what works around you, and release your dreams from the pages locked up in mental notes of your initial fear of failure.
At Silliman, education strikes a chord with three components that make us humans: the mind, the heart and the soul. And this guides us in moving ahead, in developing persons of competence, character and faith - “whole person kind of education” that develops people for others.
With updated facilities, competitive program offerings, and topnotch faculty and staff, we affirm the convergence of factors that make up such campus life:
- First, there is Silliman University’s pedagogy of education where we integrate faith-strengthening in instruction, research and extension. That is why, while others build their programs on the traditional “tri-focal” functions, we expand ours to come up with F-I-R-E: “faith, instruction, research and extension”.
- Second, there is the firming up of at least five venues for a rich interaction of experiences - the five Cs of Silliman education: “classroom”, “church”, “(athletic) court”, “cultural center”, and “community”.
- And third, there is service-learning – where you yourselves validate and apply concepts and theories in your respective disciplines through an understanding of socio-civic issues on the ground while working with communities in finding solutions to their problems.
As the University strives to develop analytical skills within you, we encourage you “to question”, “to ask”, “to be curious” in knowing more not only about what is happening around you but also, what role you play in them – for here on campus, we challenge the traditional linear flow of learning from top to bottom . . . from teacher to students. We want to learn “with” our students, and allow them to input their own contributions into the knowledge generation and consumption cycle.
“Campus life is only as good as what you make of it. Seize all the opportunities you can to further develop the person within you through interactions that you make, activities that you undertake, and even the trials that come your way.” -- Dr. Ben S. Malayang III, President