(by: Mr. Bryan B. Echanique, MST)
Caritas Christi urget nos!
To capacitate educators in the Cagayan Valley Region in their role as curriculum implementers in today’s Fourth Industrial Revolution (4th IR or FIRe), the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) and the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), in cooperation with St. Paul University Philippines (SPUP), conducted the Management Educators Workshop (MEW) at the Global Center, SPUP on May 27-28, 2019.
The first activity of MAP in Northern Philippines, said workshop was participated in by teachers from the basic education unit (BEU), higher education institution (HEI), and other organizations in the region and was framed by the theme “Management Education: Challenges and Opportunities in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”
In her welcome remarks, Sister Merceditas Ang, SPC (University President), said, “Today, students face a world transformed by technology. The 4th IR is changing the way we think and live. We must figure out how humanity could co-exist with humanoids.”
Prof. Matthew George Escobido, Adjunct Professor of AIM and Chair of MAP Management Development Committee, said in his statement of purpose that the “MEW is a bridge between the academe and the industry to see what is out there, not just to build a better Philippines but better Filipinos as well.”
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Region 2 Director IV Dr. Julieta M. Paras presented the initiatives and innovations of CHED in response to paradigm shifts such as the ASEAN integration, internationalization of education, and the K to 12 Curriculum which have changed the educational landscape in the country. In particular, she gave updates on the beneficiaries of Republic Act (RA) 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act as well as the recipients of scholarships of the CHED K to 12 Transition Program, among others.
Dr. Donald Patrick Lim, Chair of MAP Communications Committee and CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN) Philippines, talked in his lecture about the digital disruptions in management education. He stressed on the importance of collective social intelligence (CSI), nanodegree programs, and digital collaboration. As a challenge, Dr. Lim asked, “How can we reinvent our institutions to respond to our stakeholders’ needs?”
On the other hand, key officials of different business and government organizations shared the innovations and expectations from their respective industries. Their talks served as inputs to enrich curriculum development across academic disciplines. Ms. Olivia Limpe Aw, President and CEO of Destileria Limtuaco and Company, Inc., discussed the current and future demands of the manufacturing industry while Ms. Helen Macasaet, Chair of MAP ICT Committee, explained the requisites of the information communication technology (ICT) sector.
Also, Mr. Jessie Carpio, Co-Vice Chair of MAP Management Development Committee and Division Head of Audit & Assurance, P&A Grant Thornton, talked on innovations and expectations from the perspectives of accountancy; Mr. Oscar Torralba, Co-Vice Chair of MAP AgriBusiness Committee and Chair of CHED Technical Panel for Business and Management Education Program, lectured from the standpoint of agribusiness; and Usec. Alma Rita Jimenez, former undersecretary of the Department of Tourism (DOT), President and CEO of Health Solutions Corporation, and Vice Chair of MAP CEO Conference Committee, talked on the same topic from the point of view of tourism and health.
After the lectures, a panel discussion ensued where the speakers responded to queries and concerns from the participants. Dr. Federico Macaranas, Adjunct Professor of AIM, facilitated the discussion. During the exchange, Usec. Jimenez underscored the need for educators to find ways to make the curriculum relevant and responsive – to solve the issue on skills mismatch so that graduates fit appropriately with the jobs offered by their future workplaces.
The second day focused on workshop sessions as participants were grouped into learning teams. Prof. Escobido led the first workshop on the “Introduction to the Tools of the Fourth Industrial Revolution” while Dr. Macaranas facilitated the “Skills Mismatch: Industrial Revolution 4.0 and Education 2.0” workshop. Group presentations capped each workshop session.