CHED, Colleges Suit Curricula to Needs of Industry

Mar. 30, 2007

DAVAO CITY — The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) together with some colleges in the region have responded to the clamor of most industries which lamented the lack of skills of graduates which are needed in the workplace.

In a technical panel meeting with industry representatives, the latter complained about the mismatch of the skills acquired by graduates as to the required skills needed by the various industries .

Rosefe Badoy of the University of Southeastern Philippines, A member of the technical panel, bared that the said industries complained about the high cost of trainings they have been spending for newly hired employees.

This has pushed us in the academe to revisit each of our curriculum and match it to the needs of global industries., Badoy said.

Recently, representatives of the technical panel conducted series of consultations with the industry representatives and made necessary revisions in their respective curriculum that would fit the demands of the industries.

In the University of Southeastern Philippines, for instance, business courses have undergone changes to meet the global trend in the international arena.

We now have a more focused, more specialized curriculum that would enable our graduates to be globally competitive., she added.

The USEP, a state university, is offering 26 undergraduate programs with 40 specializations; 26 graduate programs with 40 specializations; as well as 3 doctorate programs.

The CHED, on its end, bared that one of their programs is to conduct a regular discussion and revision to existing school curricula.

CHEd regional director Reynaldo Pena said that his office is aware of the inevitable changes that have been happening in any industry.

This we make sure that we could produce graduates who can meet the required needs of the market., he said. (PIA XI/Mai Gevera)

comments powered by Disqus