COLLABORATING WITH PARTNERS THROUGH THE YEARS
UMak’s philosophy centers on the principle that education must lead to employment, hence a strong bond with
the industry and the private sector is necessary. Early on in his term, President Lopez realized that education
cannot be the sole responsibility of the formal education system so a long-term strategy was set into motion after
several reputable companies in Makati were invited to collaborate with the City and the University during that
historic first “party” many years ago.
Industry Partners Recognition Day through the years
This resulted in the Dualized University Education System (DUES), a program designed to deliver education where
students develop skills and knowledge needed by industries through the active involvement of the industry
partners themselves mainly in academic program design, instruction, and work-based training. Over the years,
other partnership modalities have been developed in curriculum intervention, student and faculty development,
including infrastructure and facilities upgrading, with several local and international organizations coming from
various industry sectors. All these to help ensure 100% employability of UMak graduates.
One of the key projects of CERIN is an inventory of the University’s partnerships. After almost 20 years of proactive
partnership building, UMak has forged ties with an estimated 700 institutions. Not all, however, have been
formalized and/or have a contract kept on file with the OUSec-CERIN and the OP. On record from 1995 to the
present, UMak has partnered with 225 institutions on 303 contracts.
The last three years generated a total of 78 contracts signed, notarized, and ratified by the Executive Committee of
which 68 or 87% remain active to-date. The range of partnership modalities from 2016 to the present includes
OJT/RLE/internship, student development, curriculum intervention, employment, faculty development,
infrastructure and facilities upgrade, scholarship, sponsorship, and mixed modality.
From 2016 to 2018, partnerships with the allied health sector have been the most active and sustained with a total
of 24 contracts signed with partners that include Ospital ng Maynila, Makati Medical Center, Pasay City General
Hospital, ACE Medical Center, East Avenue Medical Center, Medipass/Asiantouch, Kousei Hospital/Asiantouch,
Sure Choice Pharma, Mercury Drug Foundation, Watsons Personal Store, Essilor Philippines, among others. This is
followed by the government and non-government sector with seven contracts signed with organizations such as
the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Gawad Kalinga, and Makati Department of Environmental Services.
Other prolific industry sectors include business processing and outsourcing (Teleperformance, Sutherland, Harte
Hanks), business and finance (Virtoren Services, Marsh Philippines, Jones Lang LaSalle), construction and real
estate (SolarNRG Trading/Asia Society Improvement and Sustainable Transformation, Kalayaan Engineering, W
Landmark), and education and training (Edu-Connect, East West Educational Specialists, Confucius Institute at UP
Among the academic colleges/centers/schools, the College of Allied Health Studies (COAHS) had the most number
of signed contracts with 20 active and sustained contracts from 2016 to present. This has contributed to making
the allied health sector the most active sector for partnerships with the University. COAHS is followed by College of
Tourism and Hospitality Management with six active contracts, the College of Technology Management and
College of Business and Financial Science with four active contracts each, and the College of Computer Science and
the College of Science with three active contracts each.
The second phase of the partnership inventory is the qualitative assessment, which aims to evaluate the impact of
current major academic-based partnership programs/modalities of UMak initially in terms of the following long-
term outcomes: (1) student development and employability; (2) faculty capability building; and (3) curriculum
enhancement. The assessment tool also aims to determine areas of sustainability and/or improvement for future
implementation. The pilot test results for selected partnership programs/modalities is targeted for release by mid-