Focusing on its goal to produce graduates who are ready to help solve real-world industrial problems after getting their college degrees, the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) heightened its efforts toward educating students through experiential learning.
Central to this mission is the full immersion of undergraduate students and faculty members in various research and development activities through the Technopreneurship and Collaborative Applied Research (TechnoCoRe) thrust.
T.I.P. through TechnoCoRe opened up a series of focus group discussions (FGDs) last March 1, 2023 to strengthen its applied research services and meet the growing demands and expectations of its partner industries and other stakeholders.
TechnoCoRe was established in 2017 to foster stronger ties between T.I.P. and its stakeholders in the private and public sectors, which, in turn, provide students and faculty the opportunity to work concretely on some of the biggest challenges facing companies today.
Over the past four years, TechnoCoRe has been successful in launching several technology-driven projects that helped address some industrial and environmental issues plaguing corporations and communities.
But T.I.P. senior vice president Angelo Q. Lahoz believes more needs to be done despite these developments. He wants the school to level-up and improve itself, now that it has experienced firsthand its potential to truly collaborate with and help the industries.
“We must now take stock of our successes, reassess our internal processes and governing policies, be informed of latest developments around (us), listen to our internal stakeholders, and strategize (our goals) for the immediate future,” Mr. Lahoz emphasized.
In view of this, T.I.P. through TechnoCoRe opened up a series of focus group discussions (FGDs) last March 1, 2023 to strengthen its applied research services and meet the growing demands and expectations of its partner industries and other stakeholders.
Special guest speaker in the plenary session that primed the FGDs was Dr. David Hall, Chief of Party for the Opportunity 2.0 program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Education Development Center (EDC) in the Philippines.
In his talk, Dr. Hall urged T.I.P. to build its momentum around the three pillars of the 21st century university. These are “learning and teaching, applied research, and collaboration” amid new threats arising from unpredictable sociocultural shifts and emerging technologies.
“With technology, jobs are moving faster than you can change your curriculum… The ability (for both faculty and students) to learn-unlearn-relearn is actually the new literacy in the 21st century,” Dr. Hall said. Experienced-based learning, therefore, becomes even more critical.
Through a series of ongoing workshops, the T.I.P. management aims to gather rich input from its academic community to create new processes and policies that shall enable TechnoCoRe to further become the school’s way of life.
For inquiries about T.I.P.’s applied research services, email email@example.com. You may also visit the official TechnoCoRe website. For more information on T.I.P., log on to tip.edu.ph or follow its social media accounts through @TIP1962official on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.