Akari Foundation and Adamson University inaugurate the Dr. Carlos Tiu Center for Technology, Research and Innovation

Dr. Carlos Tiu, Chairman of Akari Lighting and Technology Corp.

Expanding the lighting brand’s support to the university beyond sports, Dr. Carlos Lim Tiu, chairman and founder of Akari Lighting and Technology Corp., through the Akari Foundation, pledges a substantial donation for the construction of Adamson’s new engineering building, which was named in his honor.

The Dr. Carlos Tiu Center for Technology, Innovation and Research is the flagship building for engineering students.

Located across the Ozanam Building, the new 9-storey building, to date the highest and most modern structure in the university, will serve as home to engineering students who comprise about 40% of Adamson’s student population. Aside from the 42 technologically advanced classrooms, the 5,830 sqm building will also house a state-of-the-art audio-visual room, along with several conference halls and an executive floor with room accommodation for professors and visiting guests.

One whole floor will serve as a research and innovation center to exemplify the commitment of the University to higher level of instructions and learning in the field of engineering. Established in 1932 as Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry, the College of Engineering remains to be one of the best in the country. Currently, most of Adamson’s engineering courses are recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as Centers of Development and are vying to be Centers of Excellence.

Mrs. Rosario Tiu Student Center will serve as engineering student’s research and recreation area.


The façade of Dr. Carlos Tiu Center for Technology, Research and Innovation.

Meanwhile, the Rosario Tiu Student Center will serve as engineering students’ nook to keep them inspired and productive in the campus, outside of formal lecture halls.

“We appreciate the generosity of Dr. Carlos Lim Tiu and family in contributing to the construction of Adamson Center for Technology, Research and Innovation. The contribution speaks highly of the family’s commitment to the Adamson University’s vision of providing excellent education to our students, particularly in the field of engineering,” Fr. Marcelo V. Manimtim, C.M., President of Adamson University remarked.

Christopher Tiu, Akari CEO, noted that the donation is also dedicated to the memory of his late grandmother, Lim Liok Lim who was an educator herself, and Carter Tiu, his late brother who was a mechanical engineering graduate and a fierce advocate of technological excellence. “Adamson University produces some of the highest caliber engineers in the country who make a difference in the community and country they serve in. We are one with Adamson’s vision of providing even better education to future engineers by equipping them to be at par with international standards. We are honored to make our support to the Adamson University lasting via permanent structure. The Dr. Carlos Tiu Center for Technology, Research and Innovation symbolizes our utmost commitment and support to the university,” the sports-minded CEO disclosed. Dr. Carlos Tiu was previously conferred a Doctorate degree in Technology (honaris causa) by University of Perpetual Help System, Laguna.

From left: Akari Academic Scholars at Adamson University; Akari has been supporting and sponsoring the Men’s Basketball, Women’s Volleyball, HS Volleyball and Cheerdance program of Adamson University since 2014.

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