A five-member delegation from the Institute of Computing (IC) of the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) visited Singapore to conduct a five-day educational benchmarking activity related to the country’s Information Technology Education (ITE) programs on January 29 – February 2, 2018.
The delegation, headed by Dr. Tamara Cher R. Mercado, Dean of the IC, together with Dr. Randy S. Gamboa, Computer Science Program Head, Dr. Val A. Quimno, Graduate Study and Information Technology Program Head, Engr. Jamal Kay B. Rogers, Research and Extension Head, and Mr. Marvin S. Lagmay, Instruction, Curriculum and Accreditation Head, visited the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Polytechnic International (NYP), two of the prominent academic institutions in Singapore.
At NUS, the Vice Dean for Corporate Relations, Mr. Goh Khim Yong, welcomed the USeP-IC delegation to discuss the significant role of research in their university. He also presented the undergraduate and graduate programs of NUS and recounted how the industry helped in crafting the curriculum of their university.
Unit heads from the NUS Information Technology Department also shared the importance of IT infrastructure and support in a premiere university. They gave the USeP-IC delegation a glimpse of their future plans on facility improvements.
Other academic matters discussed in the visits include Outcomes-based Education Framework, Research and Development Ecosystem, Technopreneurship, and the promotion of Culture for Technology Advocates.
Apart from visits to academic institutions, USeP-IC also visited the Singapore headquarters of two global IT industry brands, Adobe and Apple. At the Head Office of Adobe Southeast Asia, the USeP-IC delegation learned of the different applications under Adobe’s Creative Cloud (CC), as discussed by account executive Greg Sisk, and how the suite of applications can help in the refurbishment of the USeP website.
Mr. Lagmay said that albeit being inferior to Singapore’s IT education, USeP-IC is on the right track in terms of fostering linkages with the industry. USeP-IC has recently established its Industry Advisory Council composed of select industry partners which has helped in revising the Institute’s new curriculum.
“Admittedly, there is a lot of work to do for us to be on the same stratosphere as Singapore’s ITE. But as the cliché goes, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’. We have to start somewhere and I think getting input from some of the best universities in the world is not a bad position to start at,” Mr. Lagmay added. (USeP PR/MAJandayan)