NAVIGATING THE PROFESSIONAL WORLD THROUGH SMARTER INDUSTRY-ACADEME ALLIANCES
Innovation of academic programs and responsiveness to the industry are crucial to empower graduates to be truly employable. This is the essence of the theme for this year’s Industry Partners Recognition Day (IPRD).
With the University of Makati (UMak) President Tomas B. Lopez, Jr. at the helm, the IPRD has been held every year gathering partners from different fields of the industry to celebrate and recognize their significant contribution to the University’s and the City’s mandate of educational excellence. Early on in his presidency, Pres. Lopez already realized that education cannot be the sole responsibility of the formal education system. With the support of the City Government, a long-term strategy was set into motion after several established and reputable companies were invited to collaborate with UMak for the development of its curriculum, students and faculty, including the continuous upgrading of facilities and equipment.
After 17 years, the institution has forged partnerships with more than 500 companies and institutions. And in this year’s IPRD, UMak is expected to sign memorandum of agreements (MOA) with new and continuing partners that include Asiantouch International Training Institute, CFY Food Source Corporation, Confucius Institute at the University of the Philippines Diliman, Global City Auto Sales, Inc., Jones Lang LaSalle (Philippines), Inc., KKC Services, Inc., Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, ServeHappy.PH, Sutherland Global Services Philippines, among others. The range of partnership modalities include curriculum intervention, faculty and student development, employment and job placement, and on-the-job training (OJT).