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All rights reserved. en-ph Thu, 22 Feb 2024 16:54:46 GMT https://www.pup.edu.ph/rss/news/ PUPWebSite 10 InfoCore Engine 3.0 PUP Communication Management Office webmaster@pup.edu.ph Fourth-year journ stud to represent PH at 27th MCW Young Leaders Fellowship Piolo Cudal, News, PUP Campus Journalists <br/><p>A senior student from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)-Department of Journalism (DOJ) will represent the Philippines at the upcoming 27th MCW Young Leaders Fellowship at New York University and Champlain College in July 2024.</p> <p>Among the 3,000 applicants received by the program globally, John Rojell Elizaga was selected to be part of the year-long program that equips young people with the skills necessary to help their community in areas such as education, health, and economic security.</p> <p>As a selected member of the fellowship, training on leadership development, global citizenship, self-awareness, and vision development will be provided to Elizaga.</p> <p>“At first, I really did not expect to get in na rin talaga since I saw how rigorous the stage will be, like there’s three stages: application, community survey, and final interview,” Elizaga told PUP Campus Journalists.</p> <p><strong>Education as ‘equalizer’</strong><br /> Promoting accessible and quality education has always been Elizaga’s advocacy. As someone who grew up in a poor family, he views education as an ‘equalizer in life,’ reiterating its power to transform lives and help people achieve their dreams.</p> <p>Reflecting on these experiences, he saw the need to give back to his community to help the younger generation.</p> <p>Elizaga started advocating for Children in Street Situations (CISS) in Manila. He has also partnered with ChildHope Philippines, a non-profit organization committed to reducing the number of children on the streets, and has organized various knowledge-filled initiatives.</p> <p>Even if “they don’t have the support system to hold on to,” he hopes to help these children finish their education.</p> <p>“I want to impart to them that education is indeed powerful... And that’s our goal—to inspire more kids and show them how education can uplift them. And as students and advocates, we can help in myriad ample ways to support and teach one kid at a time,” he added.</p> <p>In the Philippines, he said many Filipinos, particularly children, continue to lack access to quality education, with implications such as an increase in children living on the streets.</p> <p>To address this problem, he believes that a holistic approach to education and leadership development will empower street children, as it can help them reach their “full potential as agents of change.”</p> <p>Following his selection, Elizaga emphasized the importance of leadership training like the MCW Young Leaders Fellowship in contributing to nation-building and amplifying calls for change.</p> <p>“Hopefully, we can explore global citizenship, practice vision planning, and learn leadership development...so that we can sharpen our project for the children of Ermita, Manila, and later expand this to other cities in the Philippines, particularly in my municipality in Binangonan, Rizal,” he concluded.</p> <p><strong>University pride</strong><br /> Meanwhile, in a message delivered during the flag-raising ceremony on February 5, University President Dr. Manuel Muhi expressed his appreciation to all PUPians who continue to bring honor to Sintang Paaralan.</p> <p>“Sa mga nakaraang taon, patuloy tayong nagtatagumpay sa iba’t-ibang larangan mula sa akademiko hanggang sa mga gawain sa kultura at sining. Ito ay patunay ng ating pagiging isang institusyon ng kahusayan at kagalingan,” said Dr. Muhi.</p> <p>(“The past years have been good to us given the many victories we received in various fields such as academics, culture and the arts. Such feats prove our value as an institution of excellence and quality.”)</p> <p>Additionally, COC Dean Hemmady Mora has also expressed her enthusiasm about Elizaga’s selection, stating that she has known him as “reliable and trustworthy” in her office since he was a volunteer.</p> <p>“Tuwang-tuwa kami sa pagkapanalo niya. Sabi ko nga, mag-celebrate tayo kapag nakapasok siya sa fellowship. As Dean of the College, we share in John Rojell’s achievement. Sana ay mas marami pa tayong estudyante na makakuha ng ganitong opportunity since our Sintang Paaralan is very good and it offers high quality education,” she added.</p> <p>(“We are very happy with this victory. I said to him, we need to celebrate his milestone once he gets selected for the fellowship. As Dean of the College, we share in John Rojell’s achievement. I hope that more students would be able to get this kind of opportunity since our Sintang Paaralan is very good and it offers high quality education.”)</p> <p>In 2013, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) named PUP a Center of Development in Journalism making the program a top choice for aspiring media professionals. PUP remains a formidable choice for communication-related studies across the country.</p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=pSxU5SSUQJI%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Tue, 20 Feb 2024 11:38:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=pSxU5SSUQJI%3d 'A beacon of hope': PUP inks MOU with Colas Rail Philippines Jan Vincent Lanuza, News, Communication Management Office <br/><p>Founded on the goal of expanding educational opportunities and exposure to global industry practices, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and the Colas Rail Philippines, Inc. inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on February 8, 2024.</p> <p>The partnership is a “beacon of hope for students and professionals aspiring to make significant contributions to the railway sector,” Colas Rail Philippines Inc. stated in a <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/posts/colas-rail-asia-sdn-bhd_pup-colasrail-colasrailphilippines-activity-7162624412725264386-siw1" target="_blank">LinkedIn post</a>.</p> <p>“Being a pioneer in the railway engineering industry, PUP stands to gain significantly from this partnership with Colas Rail. This is a great opportunity for our students to learn and gain experience from international organizations. We’re on a good start this year with our collaborations and I am excited as we forge better paths for our beloved students and faculty,” Dr. Manuel Muhi stated in a message.</p> <p>The MOU signing establishes a dynamic education policy favoring young talent and providing exceptional opportunities for students and aspiring professionals. A key part of the company’s SHARE core value is encouraging the pooling of talents and resources, teamwork, and cross-disciplinary collaboration to create progress.</p> <p>University executive officials President Dr. Manuel Muhi and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Emmanuel C. De Guzman led the PUP delegation. On the other hand, Colas Rail was represented by Colas Rail – Asia Chief Operating Officer (COO) Christophe Chassagnette, International HR Director Fionna Tollovsen, HR Director for Asia Evelina Ray, Colas Rail Philippines HR Manager Ella Bella Baral, and Trackwork Engineer Dellan Nicole Rafael, who is also a PUP alumnus.</p> <p>Colas Rail is a United Kingdom (UK)-based railway infrastructure company that focuses on 12 areas of expertise for their services—distribution substations, railway signaling, tracks, electro-mechanical and safety equipment, low voltage and telecoms, overhead lines, infrastructure management, training, rolling stock maintenance, railway safety, heavy vehicles, and civil engineering. It is one of the leading leaders in its industry, with a reach that spans over 20 countries.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Colas Rail Philippines Inc. was formed in 2021 to begin the company’s first project in the Philippines – the Systems and Track Works Package for the Metro Manila Subway Project, also known as MRT 9.</p> <p>A global partnership will immensely benefit railway engineering students and the program. PUP is the only state university offering Railway Engineering, ensuring leadership in the field and leveraging niche accomplishments for the future. In this regard, the University is keen on securing more connections with public and private organizations which would broaden academic and career opportunities for its students, fueled by its mandate to provide free, quality higher education.</p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=bCMADNMvVb0%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Tue, 20 Feb 2024 11:32:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=bCMADNMvVb0%3d CBA secures "nation-building" partnership with Salinas Corp Jan Vincent Lanuza, News, Communication Management Office <br/><p>Committed to implementing impactful national and international government-industry-academe programs, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been forged with salt-based technology company Salinas (IM) Corporation on February 2 at the Mateo Conference Room.</p> <p>The three-year partnership underscores mutual collaboration on industry-driven community extension programs and research projects, conduct of job fairs and internship fairs, student internship/immersion programs for undergraduate students, special lectureship, and industry-responsive curriculum development.</p> <p>University President Dr. Manuel M. Muhi and Salinas Corp. Vice President for Sales and Marketing Glenn Khonghun led the agreement signing. This partnership is part of the College of Business Administration’s (CBA) program “Nation Building: Together as One”, an initiative “bringing together the Government, Academe and Industry (National and International) towards building a resilient nation.”</p> <p>“This strategic partnership with Salinas will go a long way to strengthen our students’ entrepreneurial competencies and could pave the way to impactful research and extension programs for the Philippine Salt Technology Industry,” CBA Dean Cindy F. Soliman shared in a short interview. She is hopeful that this signed partnership will create a ripple effect which benefits the college, the University, the industry, and the country as well.</p> <p>In addition, both parties also agreed to increase public awareness on the intricacies of salt through the combined assistance of the University’s Communication Management Office (CMO), College of Science’s (CS) Department of Food Technology, and College of Communication (COC).</p> <p>Salinas (IM) Corporation is one of the market leaders in the country’s salt industry. It seeks to lead and professionalize the production, distribution, and marketing of salt, while serving the basic needs of different industries across the country through its main product and allied strategic industries of water, food, and feeds.</p> <p><img alt="CBA secures “nation-building” partnership with Salinas Corp" class="image image-full" src="https://i.ibb.co/7XGwsqk/2024-02-19-cba-secures-nation-building-partnership-with-salinas-corp.jpg" /></p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=xpgl1M6MgDo%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Mon, 19 Feb 2024 15:37:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=xpgl1M6MgDo%3d PUP joins 2nd ToT for ECOVIP PUP Sta. Mesa, Manila, News, Communication Management Office <br/><p>A second iteration of the Training of Trainers in pursuit of sustainable tourism education and development was held from January 22 to January 26, 2024, organized by the Universidade Portucalense (UPT), as part of the ECOVIP Project. The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) is one of the project participants, intent on elevating elevate the skills and knowledge of faculty members, enabling them to better impart and comprehend topics related to ecotourism and sustainable practices.</p> <p>PUP participants include Prof. Yolanda Montances, Chairperson of the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management and Prof. Regina Zuniga, faculty member from the same department. They are both under the College of Tourism, Hospitality, and Transportation Management (CTHTM). They are joined by Director Krupskaya Valila of the Communication Management Office (CMO).</p> <p>The first day commenced with an official welcome by Fernando Ramos, the Rector of UPT, followed by representatives from the Executive Board and various departments. Attendees were treated to a University tour and a roundtable discussion on the challenges, prospects, and best practices in ecotourism, featuring invited speakers from prominent organizations such as the Portuguese Ecotourism Association, Town Council of Baião, and the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests.</p> <p>Day two was marked by a deep dive into benchmarking the best ecotourism cases and designing ecotourism experiences, led by UPT faculty members Marília Durão, Sónia Nogueira, and Makhabbat Ramazanova. Participants also engaged in a session on creating avatars for sustainable tourism products, facilitated by Harald Friedl from FHJ.</p> <p>The third day saw a field trip to BioRia and the Atlantic Salt Flats of Aveiro, providing a hands-on experience of ecotourism in action. Day four was dedicated to discussions on eco-environmental policies led by Oana Driha from the University of Aveiro, followed by a guided tour of Porto’s historical city center and a social dinner.</p> <p>The final day was reserved for the ECOVIP management meeting, where participants strategized and discussed deliverables for work packages.</p> <p>The Training of Trainers 2 at UPT was a testament to the commitment of academia and industry to advance sustainable tourism education and practices. The knowledge and insights gained from the event are poised to have a lasting impact on the future of ecotourism and sustainability in Portugal and beyond.</p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=1k1WioGDzuQ%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Fri, 16 Feb 2024 18:47:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=1k1WioGDzuQ%3d ICPD holds English Enhancement Program for NKUHT Dr. Jerielyn V. Reyes, News, Open University System <br/><p>The Institute for Continuing Professional Development (ICPD) and the Office of International Affairs (OIA) successfully welcomed 28 students from the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism (NKUHT) in Taiwan on January 16. They comprise the second batch of participants for the ICPD English Enhancement Program.</p> <p>The 2 week-long program is the brainchild from the collaborative effort between the ICPD and the OIA with the aim of enhancing the English language skills of the participants while immersing them in the rich culture and history of the Philippines.</p> <p>During the first day, the attendees were warmly welcomed by the officials from the Office of University Services (OUS), including the OUS Executive Director, Dr. Carmencita L. Castolo, and the ICPD Director, Dr. Evangelina S. Seril.</p> <p>On that same day, the NKUHT students first learned the topic of “The Philippines and Its Culture,” introducing the diverse and vibrant Filipino culture and exploring its traditions, customs, and values, setting the foundation for the future language lessons.</p> <p>The second day centered on Philippine history and its traditions, embarking them on a journey to several nation-shaping historical events and immersing them to the various traditions and festivals celebrated all over the country.</p> <p>In addition, a comprehensive grammar lesson was conducted to strengthen their understanding of the English language.</p> <p>Filipino cuisine took center stage on the third day, as the students explored and engaged with the flavors and food culture of the Philippines, particularly the popular turon, deepening the understanding of the culinary traditions of the country while satisfying their taste buds.</p> <p>On Day 4, the Taiwanese students learned the traditional dances of the country, alongside application and grammar review exercises, helping them to express themselves through movement, which enhanced their language skills and gave them a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of the Philippines.</p> <p>Effective communication, presentation skills, and another comprehensive grammar were the main lessons for the fifth day. The instructors taught the students further language skills, equipping them with the necessary tools to deliver engaging presentations, ensuring that their message resonated with their target audience.</p> <p>Day 6 focused on sentence structure and grammar. The students engaged in interactive exercises and discussions, strengthening their grasp of English grammar rules, and setting the foundation to express themselves accurately and confidently.</p> <p>The instructors of the program then dedicated the seventh day to resumé writing essentials and crafting a powerful self-introduction. Participants learned the art of showcasing their skills and experiences effectively, ensuring that their resumés stood out from the rest. Through role-play and practice, they also honed their self-presentation skills, preparing them for future endeavors, both personally and professionally.</p> <p>For the next lesson, the students were prepared for in-person and virtual interviews, providing them with techniques and strategies to excel in both settings, gaining confidence in their ability to impress potential employers which are the necessary skills to successfully navigate the competitive job market.</p> <p>The ninth and final day of the English Enhancement Program marked the most significant milestone for the students when they participated in mock interviews, receiving valuable feedback from language experts, allowing them to put their newfound skills into practice, further refining their interview techniques and preparing them to the professional life.</p> <p>The program concluded with a graduation ceremony, where certificates were awarded to commemorate their successful completion of the English Enhancement Program.</p> <p>To wrap up the program, the students toured the historical sites in the Philippines, visiting the Mabini Shrine in Tanauan, Batangas and paying homage to the great Filipino patriot. They also went to the picturesque Taal Lake and the Rizal Shrine in Calamba, Laguna, gaining insights into the life and legacy of the national hero, Jose Rizal.</p> <p>The English Enhancement Program for the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism has left a lasting impact for the Taiwanese students. They learned not only the intricacies of the English language but also gained a deeper appreciation for the rich culture and history of the Philippines. ICPD looks forward to the development of the NKUHT students into globally competitive professionals.</p> <p><img alt="ICPD holds English Enhancement Program for NKUHT" class="image image-full" src="https://i.ibb.co/qDvvjNQ/2024-02-16-icpd-holds-english-enhancement-program-for-nkuht-1.jpg" /></p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=%2fGRWvRXkqO4%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Fri, 16 Feb 2024 15:40:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=%2fGRWvRXkqO4%3d #AngBanyuhay: Burning Passion and Artistry in "New Normal" Nicholai Andrei Sandoval, News, PUP Campus Journalists <br/><p>True artistry and creativity will be celebrated this February as the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) reopens the 2024 Arts Month Celebration with the theme “Banyuhay (Bagong Anyo ng Buhay) II: sa Paghilom, Pagbabago, at Pagpapatuloy,” on Monday, February 5.</p> <p>A play on the words <em>bago</em>, <em>anyo</em>, and <em>buhay</em>, the month-long event will also highlight the establishment of PUP Sining Bugkos (Bukluran ng Sining sa Pagkilos), the official group of cultural coordinators from different campuses and branches within the PUP System to reinforce the distinct PUP identity via cultural programs and activities.</p> <p>College of Social Science and Development (CSSD) and College of Accountancy and Finance (CAF) served as the department heads of the event.</p> <p>Meanwhile, after the flag ceremony of the opening event, PUP President Manuel M. Muhi encouraged the PUP community to show support for Banyuhay 2024, which also signals the beginning of the eight-month countdown to the University’s 120th Founding Anniversary this October. It banners the theme “PUP %40120: Pagpupugay at Pasasalamat sa Labindalawang Dekada ng Makatao at Makabayang Edukasyon”.</p> <p>“Sa tema ng pagdiriwang ng PUP@120, ating ginugunita ang mga taon ng pagsusumikap at tagumpay ng ating pamantasan… Makiisa po tayo sa maraming mga activities na inihanda natin sa selebrasyong ito. Sa pamamagitan ng [pagtatag ng] PUP Sining Bugkos, binibigyang-halaga natin ang kahalagahan ng sining sa ating lipunan,” Muhi said.</p> <p>The special event also showcased performances from the Department of Tourism - College of Tourism, Hospitality and Transportation Management (CTHTM) with themes from various local festivals such as Pahoy-Pahoy, Naliyagan, Binirayan, and Kannawidan.</p> <p>Faye Monge and Sam Trinidad from the College of Arts and Letters (CAL), the assigned college head for the continuation of the opening celebration, hosted the event once again in front of students, employees, chairpersons, deans, and the Executive Committee in attendance.</p> <p>The much-awaited program then featured a fashion show and parade with models from PUP ICONS, Kagawaran ng Filipinolohiya, and students from different programs wearing national festive and indigenous outfits, showing an artistic and vibrant display of cultural diversity and heritage pride.</p> <p><img alt="#AngBanyuhay: Burning Passion and Artistry in “New Normal”" class="image image-full" src="https://i.ibb.co/2PZwKsG/2024-02-12-angbanyuhay-burning-passion-and-artistry-in-new-normal.jpg" /></p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=KCuFU2MZ2Us%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Mon, 12 Feb 2024 18:40:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=KCuFU2MZ2Us%3d Accountancy student clinches 2nd spot in YTPY 2023 Dan Gyro Cabanes, News, College of Accountancy and Finance <br/><p>Pia Fretz Beros, a junior pursuing BS Accountancy, clinched the second place in the esteemed EY Global Delivery Services - Young Tax Professional of the Year (YTPY) 2023 competition. The virtual event, held via MS Teams in Bangalore, India, saw Beros competing with top talents from Hungary, India, Argentina, and the Philippines on January 8.</p> <p>The finals, featuring 10 exceptional participants, culminated in Asritha Chillara from India securing the championship. Chillara will go on to represent EY GDS in the 2024 EY Young Tax Professional of the Year competition, while Beros proudly stood as the 1st Runner-up.</p> <p>Ernst and Young (EY) Global Delivery Services Careers is managed and organized the competition for 13 years, with the active involvement of EY GDS for six years. It serves as a platform to discover and recognize emerging talents in the field of taxation.</p> <p>Beros navigated through a comprehensive three-stage process, showcasing her expertise in fundamental tax concepts, logical reasoning, and English grammar. The competition involved moderated discussions, personal interviews, and informative learning sessions, with Beros emerging as a standout representative for the Philippines.</p> <p>Reflecting on the impact of the case study, Beros noted the value of pre-competition tax learning sessions, which provided insights into current international tax issues and the application of technology in addressing tax matters. Despite a demanding academic schedule, Beros strategically prepared for the competition, demonstrating confidence in responding to detailed questions and ultimately securing the 2nd place.</p> <p>Winners, including Beros, are entitled to exciting prizes such as tax learning and networking sessions, an exclusive EY goodie box, and potential internship opportunities.</p> <p><img alt="Accountancy student clinches 2nd spot in YTPY 2023" class="image image-full" src="https://i.ibb.co/4SJSqZj/2024-02-06-accountancy-student-clinches-2nd-spot-in-ytpy-2023.jpg" /><br /> <sub><strong>Photo source:</strong> Her journey has been nothing short of extraordinary. (2024, January 20). PUP JPIA Manila Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=784062540418500</sub></p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=u0jdhyb8oCg%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Tue, 06 Feb 2024 17:19:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=u0jdhyb8oCg%3d RMO, World Bank launch 120 public lectures for PUP's 120th Founding Mary Rose Maharlika Palmares, News, Research Management Office <br/><p>As part of the year-long celebration of the University’s 120th Founding Anniversary, the Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension, and Development (OVPRED), through the Research Management Office (RMO), inaugurated the 120 Public Lectures with a joint event featuring the World Bank.</p> <p>The lecture titled “World Bank Public Lecture 2024: RESILIENT HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEMS THAT DELIVER FOR ALL” took place on January 31, 2024, at the Bulwagang Balagtas, PUP Main Campus. The inclusion of the World Bank Public Lecture 2024 at the university underscores its commitment to enhancing the culture of research and knowledge-sharing through international partnerships and collaboration.</p> <p>“As the university celebrates its 120th year, it continues to uphold its mission of providing quality education that is resilient and adaptable to the changing times. Our Sintang Paaralan’s goal has always been to provide an education that is not only high in quality but also accessible to all. This is the essence of resilience in education,” Dr. Anna Ruby P. Gapasin, Vice President for Research, Extension, and Development shared in an interview when asked about the significance of this engagement.</p> <p>Mr. Joel Paulin Mendoza, a PUP alumnus and a World Bank education specialist, introduced the World Bank’s global education experts: Dr. Roberta Basset, Dr. Harry Patrinos, and Dr. Janssen Teixeira. They presented key findings on the issues and trends in higher education delivery.</p> <p>Dr. Basset, the Global Lead for Higher Education/Senior Education Specialist, discussed a complementarity framework that emphasizes responsiveness and agility during disruptions, highlighting its potential advantages for Philippine higher education.</p> <p>Dr. Patrinos, a Senior Adviser for Education, explored the design of effective public-private partnerships in education. Meanwhile, Dr. Teixeira, a Senior Education Specialist, delivered a lecture on the readiness of Filipino secondary students to transition to higher education. An open forum ensued, where faculty members from different colleges and campuses actively engaged with the guests on-site and via Zoom.</p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=AfWM8yV9o%2f8%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Tue, 06 Feb 2024 17:18:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=AfWM8yV9o%2f8%3d PUP Education on Wheels Opens Classes in Payatas and Tatalon Angelo Acedera, Press Release, Communication Management Office <br/><p>The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) launched its Education on Wheels (EOW) program in the communities of Payatas and Tatalon in Quezon City this January 2024, bringing quality education and opportunities to marginalized sectors of the community. The classes held in Payatas and Tatalon are expansions of the program pioneered in 2020 at Smokey Mountain, Tondo, Manila.</p> <p>“Ang pinaka primary objective nito is to bring education closer doon sa mga di makapag-aral, so since ang ating university ay free education kaya inilapit namin yung libreng edukasyon dun sa mga kabataan na hindi makapasok sa unibersidad,” PUP President Dr. Manuel Muhi said.</p> <p>(The primary objective [of this project] is to bring education closer to underprivileged learners. State universities are currently offering free education, so we wanted to the same for individuals who are initially deprived of reaching college.)</p> <p>EOW is a bus converted into a classrom. It is designed to take college education directly to communities where people are often unable to reach universities due to financial constraints and/or other adversities. The bus is equipped with collapsible tables, chairs, and whiteboards, and can accommodate 40-50 students. Solar panels are also installed to provide energy for airconditioning and other electricity needs.</p> <p>The first module of classes in Payatas were held on January 17, 24, and 31; while in Tatalon, physical classes were launched on January 18, 25, and February 1. These marked the beginning of new opportunities in learners’ lives.</p> <p>“Plano ko po talaga bumalik sa pag-aaral this year. Hindi basta-bastang opportunity ito dahil yung EOW na yung lumalapit sa barangay namin. [Ako po] ine-expect ko sa EOW more learnings, more programs na ganito kasi hindi lang parents at kabataan ang pwedeng matulungan. Libre po siya, malaking bagay yun. Sa mga tulad namin, napakagandang opportunity nito. Nagpapasalamat po kami sa mga bumubuo ng EOW, sa barangay din namin na katulong sa EOW,” Alicia del Rosario- Mamorno, first year EOW student from Barangay Tatalon, Quezon City stated.</p> <p>(I plan to return to school this year. EOW is an important opportunity especially because it’s already located in our barangay. I expect to learn more, to see more programs like this because it helps our parents, us young people, and also our community. The fact that it is free is already a boost in itself. I am thankful to the organizers of EOW and to our barangay officials for helping us secure this opportunity.)</p> <p>“Laking opportunity po nito. Kapag natapos ko po, I think mas mag-level up ako, mas maraming matutulungan lalo na’t nagvo-volunteer din ako. Hindi tayo dapat natatpos sa kung anong kaya natin, bagkus in our everyday lives ay nagpapatuloy tayo,” Rex Mandevil, first year EOW student from Payatas, Quezon City shared.</p> <p>(“This is really a big opportunity. As an active community volunteer, I am confident that I would improve my capacities once I finish this course. Volunteers like me would benefit immensely from this experience. I’ve always said that we should not limit ourselves amid our circumstances. We should continue to persevere in our everyday lives.”)</p> <p>The implementation of the EOW program in Payatas and Tatalon was made possible through the collaboration of generous sponsors who share a common vision of providing support and assistance to lifelong learners.</p> <p>“Mayroon kaming ka-tie up na local government kasi yun yung problema rin namin: how are we going to sustain the program ’no? Siguro kung mayroon na mga non-governmental organizations na willing to partner with us, pwede nilang i-shoulder yung ilang expenses na ico-cover nung operations namin. Madali nating matutulungan yung mga kabataang estudyanteng ’di makapag-aral,” he added.</p> <p>(“We are actively working with local governments to overcome our main challenge: ’how are we going to sustain the program?’ If there are non-governmental organizations who are willing to partner with us, they can shoulder some operational expenses. We could help more young people who are unable to study and go to college through this program.”)</p> <p>The EOW commenced in Smokey Mountain, Tondo, Manila in 2020 amid the mobility restrictions imposed by the pandemic. All learners under EOW are pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Office Administration degree. Students from EOW are now in their fourth year of studying and are set to graduate this September 2024.</p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=jb64Bv9%2fdas%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Fri, 02 Feb 2024 18:12:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=jb64Bv9%2fdas%3d OUS partners with TIIKM for International Knowledge Exchanges in Open, Flexible and Distance Learning Buellah May P. Convento, News, Communication Management Office <br/><p>A total of 150 educators from the Philippines, Malaysia, Nigeria, India, Argentina, Kingdom of Morroco, Sri Lanka, and the United Arab Emirates participated in the OUSapin 2024: International Knowledge Exchanges in Open, Flexible and Distance Learning held on January 27, 2024 via Zoom.</p> <p>The event, organized by the Polytechnic University of the Philippines Open University System (PUP OUS) and The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM) in Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka, aimed to provide an avenue for educators, researchers, and practitioners from diverse global backgrounds to exchange innovative ideas, best practices, and cutting-edge research on the field of open and distance education.</p> <p>To start the program, University President Dr. Manuel M. Muhi and TIIKM Co-Founder and Managing Director Mr. Isanka P. Gamage delivered their respective welcome remarks. Dr. Muhi and Mr. Gamage expressed their gratitude for successfully organizing the event and emphasized the importance of such collaborations. It was followed by a ceremonial signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) of academic partnership to formalize collaborations. Representatives from PUP, Dr. Joanna Karla C. Bien, the Director of PUP Office of International Affairs and Ms. Chanika Gunathilake, the Head of TIIKMInternational Relations delivered their respective messages.</p> <p>Afterwards, parallel sessions were introduced where six experts from PUP OUS TIIKM, and Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia served as speakers.</p> <p>In the Knowledge Management session, Prof. Chandra Embuldeniya, the Chairperson of the Technology Development and Innovations Arm, National Science Foundation in Sri Lanka presented “Best Practices in Knowledge Management in Sri Lanka”; Asst. Prof. Jerome P. Dumlao, the Head of Instructional Materials Development Office of PUP OUS discussed “Knowledge Management in Open and Distance Learning”; and Dr. Ma. Pamela Grace C. Muhi, Course Specialist also from PUP OUS tackled “Knowledge Management in Public Administration and Governance”.</p> <p>Meanwhile, in session B focusing on Media and Communication Studies, Asst. Prof. Kim Bernard G. Fajardo, the Chairperson of the PUP Department of Broadcast Communication discussed “Media Historiography in the Philippines: A Critical Turn”; Dr. Sara Chinnasamy, a political and social media analyst and faculty of Communication and Media Studies in Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia focused on “Transcending Disinformation: Towards Responsible Media Consumption”; and Atty. Katherine Rose T. Merza, a media practitioner from the Philippine’s ABS-CBN, and Course Specialist from PUP OUS shared her insights about the “Trends in Media Laws and Ethics in the Philippines”.</p> <p>With meaningful topics and discussion from experts and professionals from different countries, the event was able to address common challenges in flexible learning modality and provide participants with insights on effective strategies and new pedagogical approaches.</p> <p>The half-day event was concluded with a closing remark from PUP OUS Executive Director Dr. Carmencita L. Castolo where she thanked all the organizers, participants, and partner institutions, and hoped for more future collaborations between education institutions.</p> <p><img alt="OUS partners with TIIKM for International Knowledge Exchanges in Open, Flexible and Distance Learning" class="image image-full" src="https://i.ibb.co/s9pKtDd/2024-01-31-ous-partners-with-tiikm-for-international-knowledge-exchanges-in-open-flexible-and-distan.jpg" /></p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=zW0WrboXjKg%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Wed, 31 Jan 2024 18:29:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=zW0WrboXjKg%3d