A ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), and People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) was held during the first Sectoral Engagement Grant networking event last September 9, 2016 at the AIM Conference Center. This is a way of showing solidarity and commitment to improving the quality of higher education through sectoral engagements.
The two umbrella organizations alongside CHED have continuously advocated for industry-academe linkages, and have been actively promoting immersion and extension through sectoral engagements to their member organizations.
The representatives from each organization were Commissioner Cynthia Bautista of CHED; Ms. Penny Bongato, Executive Director of IBPAP; and Ms. Pinkie Tan, Chairperson for Industry-Academe Linkages of PMAP.
Commissioner Bautista in her keynote speech talked about the relevance of sectoral engagements. She mentioned how there is a global movement towards outcomes-based learning, which is designed for the learner to achieve a set of goals by the end of the educational experience. For the faculty to holistically develop capacities in instruction, it has become necessary to be immersed in industry because this is where other valuable teaching competencies can be learned.
“We have to drive people out of credentialing mode. You don’t need degrees for credentialing all the time. [Thus, the Sectoral Engagement Grants] became very exciting. Do not just be qualified by taking degrees, but be qualified by enhancing your capacities in what you’re teaching,” she said. “The teachers [need] to be exposed in the industry, and the way you get exposed is to learn by doing. They will learn what they will not learn within the four corners of a classroom.”
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.