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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 »

Unifying higher education

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Yesterday, hundreds of university presidents sat and listened to Richard Gerver, an inspiring and electrifying speaker whose philosophy is founded on “communication, empowerment and impact” and that “great leadership is about serving the needs of the people that work for you and rely upon you.”

Posted: August 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Revisiting the 10-point Education Agenda (2)

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(Concluded from last week) The entire 10-point Education Agenda draws many lessons on sustainability and multisectoral engagement from several “seasons of reform” described in “When Reforms Don’t Transform,” the University of the Philippines’ Centennial Lecture on education jointly delivered in 2008 by Dina Ocampo, Cynthia Rose Bautista and Allan Bernardo. In it, the authors point out a tendency […]

Posted: August 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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