Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) is a public educational institution in Fort Pilar Shrine, Zamboanga City. The state college started out as a campus of the Philippine Institute of Fisheries Technology (PIFT) in 1956. Through the R.A. No. 3434 in 1961, it became the Mindanao Regional School of Fisheries (MRSF). Then, through the Presidential Decree No. 2020 in 1986, MRSF turned into a state college as the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology.
Currently, ZSCMST offers a variety of tertiary programs under three college units: Fisheries and Food Sciences, Maritime Technology, and Education and Liberal Arts. These academic units offer not only bachelor’s degree courses but also diploma, certificate, and graduate courses. For those who are interested in learning certain skills and in earning a National Certificate (NC) in only less than a year, TESDA courses are also provided by the school. Additionally, ZSCMST has a Senior High School department with available Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (TVL) strands.
The Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology, as guided by its vision, mission, and core values, has been actively contributing to the sciences and research since its foundation. It led the projects of the Southern Mindanao Aquatic Resources Research and Development Zonal Network from 1995 to 2003. The college also was one of the principal institutions for the National Research and Development Network for Capture Fisheries. As the only academic institution in the area of Western Mindanao to have programs in marine and sea studies, ZSCMST continues to provide such opportunities to Filipinos; beginning in 2018, students can pursue their degree programs without paying any tuition fee as the college is covered by the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.
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