The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) brings together sectoral partners from industry, civil society, government, and the academe to a networking event entitled “Multi-Sectoral Partnership Building: Bridging the Gap between Knowledge and Practice” held at the AIM Conference Center on September 9, 2016.
The event opened the discussion on the opportunities currently available through the Sectoral Engagement Grant, facilitated a sharing of best practices and address challenges in facilitating multi-sectoral partnerships, and created the space for building and pursuing new partnerships and networking between and among members of the academe and our sectoral partners.
The program features keynote speeches of representatives from the different sectors focusing on topics such as the Possibilities of Collaboration between Higher Education Institutions and Partners through Sectoral Engagement and the Best Practices of Linkages & Partnerships in the Industry, Civil Society, and Government. The speakers were Mr. Juan Miguel Luz, School Head of Stephen Zuellig Graduate School for Development Management; Ms. Jo Anne Madrid-dela Cuesta, Executive Director of Institutional Services of Asia Pacific College (APC); Ms. Achie Jimenez, Pointwest Technologies Corporation Project Management Office (PMO); Ms. Cecille Turrecha of Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan; and Ms. April Pura Alianza, DSWD-NCR. This is followed by the panel discussion moderated by Ms. Penny Bongato, Executive Director for Talent Development and Research of IBPAP, and the networking among the participants composed of almost 300 guests from the academe, industry, civil society, and government.
Mr. Luz cited several examples of partnerships between the sector and the academe both locally and abroad. “Start thinking of how to use opportunities like these, meaning the time of your faculty and grants made available by CHED to fund initiatives,” he said. “It’s a challenging time for the universities, because you may have cash flow difficulties. But what the government did is to start thinking on what investment they can make. And the academe should think about how you can take advantage of this. You can decide where you will be in the next five years.”
Ms. Jimenez shared their experience in a guided faculty project with University of Baguio. Instead of building the Alumni Tracking System for the university, Pointwest trained the faculty for them to able to work on the project while also elevating their capacity. Hence, when they go back to teach in the classroom “they can speak from their own experience on how these things are done.”
“We will gain exponential results if we train teachers. If we teach 20 students then we are able to train 20 workers. If we train teachers then we probably teach thousands of workers. [That way] we propagate the knowledge faster,”she said.
The program responds not only to the demands of the industry but also to the needs of the community. “[We do] a matching of capacities of the academe to the needs of the community. [This is] to respond to the current call of time and see how this can be applied to real community situations,” said Ms. Turrecha.
Ms. Alianza noted, “We have so many programs where you can partner. The opportunity is there. We are investing in capacity building of employees. We hope that with this engagement we can have more discussions and partnerships.”
The K to 12 Transition Program is a five-year effort aimed at the strategic development of HEIs and personnel during the transition period from 2016 to 2021. The Program includes a range of programs to support faculty and staff through scholarships for master’s and doctoral programs, locally and abroad, non-degree programs, as well as institutional grants for HEIs.
The Commission will be accepting nominations for the second semester until October 3, 2016. All nomination forms may be found at http://bit.ly/sheinominationkit.