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CHED launches program to upskill educators in digital transformation and data analytics

Posted 14th April 2021

The Commission of Higher Education (CHED) of the Philippines has launched a pioneering Digital Transformation and Data Analytics training program for 60 select educators from across the Philippines.

Ranked #1 in the world in Artificial Intelligence and Information Technology and Management by U.S. News and World Report, Carnegie Mellon University through its campus in Australia is delivering the customized 10-day program in partnership with Mapúa University (MU).

The training, which started on Monday, April 12, features modules on digital transformation, data science, cyber security, artificial intelligence, and policy analytics. The program will include participants’ developing a sector-focused Digital Transformation Strategy that they will implement for their respective institutions upon completion of the program.

During the program’s opening ceremony, CHED Chairman J. Prospero de Vera III said the program will upskill educators with knowledge of subjects that are transforming the global economy and reshaping Philippines’ economic development.

“This partnership between Mapúa and CMU-A is very timely not only to improve efficiency in the operations of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) using data science but also build upon our efforts to create smart campuses and continue flexible learning in the post-COVID era,” Dr De Vera said.

“CHED pushed for the development of smart campuses across the country in Bayanihan 2, but we can only lay the foundations and we need technology experts to guide the HEIs to ensure efficiency of operations for enrolment, customizing delivery of education courses, faculty-student interaction, and recruitment of faculty,” he added.

CHED Chairman J. Prospero de Vera III addresses program participants on Monday, April 12.

In its January 2020 report entitled Jobs of Tomorrow,[1] the World Economic Forum highlights that the fastest-growing cluster of jobs relate to data science and artificial intelligence (AI). In developing countries such as the Philippines, the shortage is expected to be sharp because of the boom in the number of start-ups. Furthermore, AI technologies are transforming every aspect of people’s lives, particularly how we gather, store, manage, analyze, and share information. These technologies are also revolutionizing the world by allowing computers to autonomously learn from large datasets.

Prof Emil Bolongaita, Head of CMU Australia, said that CMU-A “is honoured to partner with CHED and Mapúa to empower Philippine educators and play a small part in helping the country recover from both the public health and economic crisis that COVID-19 has created”.

“The Philippines is being tested like never before and while it’s difficult to imagine, the pandemic will come to pass. We want to make sure that educators are ready for this and that the workforce more broadly is upskilled,” Prof. Bolongaita said.

Participants of the Digital Transformation and Data Analytics training program during the opening ceremony.

Mapúa University President Dr Reynaldo B. Vea said that “Mapúa is pleased to partner with CMU-A as Mapúa seeks to enhance its Master’s in Business Analytics program to develop a pool of data analytics professionals in the country.”

CHED Director of International Affairs Staff Atty Lily Freida C. Macabangun-Milla said more than 100 applicants have applied for the 60 available positions, highlighting how sought-after the training program is.

“COVID-19 has put the spotlight on flexible learning, which requires digital maturity, and the need to develop our skills in Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and data analytics in an ever-changing world,” Atty Macabangun-Milla said.

“The pandemic may have limited our mobility, but our knowledge knows no bounds and learning is borderless.”

[1] http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Jobs_of_Tomorrow_2020.pdf

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