Message of ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman on the 54th founding anniversary
of the Mindanao State University
Education is crucial in nation-building, and the Mindanao State University (MSU) is one key institution in the longstanding history of the Bangsamoro as a region that has constantly affirmed and reaffirmed its involvement in building a country united in its hopes and aspirations of equal rights for all.
For more than half a century, MSU has imparted the necessary knowledge and skills to the youth of Mindanao, helping them as they take an active role in our nation’s affairs. As a state university, MSU has become a driving force in our efforts to ensure that our youth is empowered as they take on the challenge of sustaining the gains we have made as a people, whle preserving our identity and heritage as Mindanaons.
MSU has been instrumental in the integration of Muslims and other minorities in the Philippines, and in building a nation that is strongly united as it celebrates its peoples’ diversity. Moreover, the university has not only imparted knowledge and skills but has also emphasized the importance of serving the people — using both knowledge and skill to pursue peace and development in Mindanao and the rest of the country.
In celebrating its 54th anniversary, this is the perfect time for MSU to look back and give due recognition to what it has achieved, not only for Mindanao, but for the Philippines. This is also the best time for the university to look to the future with renewed hope and commitment to inclusive development, good governance, and people-driven reforms.
It is my fervent hope that this anniversary will inspire everyone to continue working on the gains that we have already achieved, and to work together in creating a better future for our people. My sincerest congratulations to all of you.