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Internship—the new job interview

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At around this time in the academic year, Dean Joel Bawica of Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU) College of Computer Studies gets together with Associate Deans Catherine Castillo, Enrico Rivano and Jefferson Lerios to prepare for what can very well be a litmus test for both the quality of the university and the graduates that they produce. Bawica and his faculty, like their contemporaries in other higher education institutions all over the country, are arranging for internship assignments for their graduating students.

Posted: November 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Forging meaningful industry-academe partnerships

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I was at the inauguration of Cavite State University’s (CvSU) Service Management Program (SMP) Computer Lab, the first of its kind in the country, last Oct. 15. The lab’s 25 computers are part of the ICT Preparation budget for the Commission on Higher Education’s IT BPM Growth Area Project currently being implemented by the IT & Business Process Association of the Philippines (Ibpap) for 17 SUCs (state universities and colleges) nationwide.

Posted: October 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Bridging competency gaps

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According to a 2011 World Bank study, the Philippine labor market is in a “serious bottleneck” situation that hampers innovation and productivity among Philippine companies. The same study points out that the quality of education and training is a key reason why gainful employment is proving to be very elusive for so many young people because of “jobs-versus-skills mismatch.”

Posted: October 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Teachers as liberators

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On Oct. 5, the world pauses to honor and thank our teachers for their lifelong commitment to bring out the best in us. Words like “selfless” and “heroic” will be used to describe these kind and amazing individuals who went beyond themselves and the limited resources at their disposal to liberate our minds and imbue us with the strength of character to meet whatever challenges that Life may throw at us.

Posted: September 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Future you

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In a landmark study for the McKinsey Center for Government, Mona Mourshed, Diana Farrel and Dominic Barton visualize three critical intersections in the transition from education to employment: when young people enroll in postsecondary education (whether academic or technical-vocational), when they build skills, and when they seek work.

Posted: September 13th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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