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Educating Future Leaders in Philippine Higher Education

Posted 22nd November 2018

The current group of 14 Filipino students are hard at work studying their Masters degrees at Carnegie Mellon University in Australia.

Over the past three years, CMU-A has hosted students from various tertiary education facilities throughout the Philippines, all of whom have been awarded Commission on Higher Education scholarships.

The Commission on Higher Education scholarships were established as part of the Philippines Government’s commitment to transformational leadership.

To be eligible for the CHED Scholarship, applicant must be Filipino citizens, hold a Bachelor degree, have demonstrated academic excellence and show evidence of outstanding potential for professional advancement in teaching and/or administration.


Given our expertise in IT and public policy and management, CMU-A is in a unique position to support the Philippines government’s vision to put education as the central strategy for investing in the Filipino people, reducing poverty, and building national competitiveness


CHED offers the scholarships to young people holding faculty positions in universities in the Philippines. The aim being to provide them with educational opportunities to help them build skills, knowledge and experience that will benefit their students in the future.

Applicants must meet the high academic eligibility criteria to gain entry to the CMU-A Masters’ degrees.

Of the fourteen students currently at CMU-A, eight are studying Master of Science in Public Policy and Management degree, and six Masters of Science in Information Systems Management.

The CHED program requires all students to return to the Philippines and continue their roles with their respective teaching institutions.

“It’s an honour to be entrusted by the Philippines government to advance the education of future Filipino leaders,” said Prof Emil Bolongaita, Head of Carnegie Mellon University in Australia.

“Given our expertise in IT and public policy and management, CMU-A is in a unique position to support the Philippines government’s vision to put education as the central strategy for investing in the Filipino people, reducing poverty, and building national competitiveness”, said Professor Bolongaita.

All CHED students are undertaking 12-month track Masters degrees and are expected to graduate in August 2019.

The students studying Master of Science in Public Policy and Management are:

  • Ms. Astrofil Alcala, Assistant Professor and Department Head of the department of Computing and Library Information Science with the University of Southern Mindanao.
  • Mr. Michel Basister, an Education Program Specialist for the Human Resources Section for the Department of Education in Naga City and part-time Assistant Professor II, School of Graduate Studies, University of Nueva Careres, Naga City.
  • Mr. Michael Bonifacio, from the Central Mindanao University in Maramag where he holds a fulltime faculty position teaching management, business and governance.
  • Ms. Crislin Cruz, a Science Research Assistant with Visayas State University.
  • Mr. Carl Demetria, a Medical Specialist with the West Visayas State University Medical Center.
  • Ms. Harlene Mamit, the Supervising Guidance Counselor, and head of the guidance office, at the Arellano University Pasig.
  • Mr. Raniel Pamatmat, a fulltime faculty member at the University of the Philippines teaching business studies, accounting and finance.
  • Ms. Yvette Solas, a fulltime faculty member with the University of Lloilo.

The students studying Master of Science in Information Technology are:

  • Ms. Jerame Beloy, a faculty member with the Business Information Technology Department at Mindanao State University.
  • Mr. Jerry Canale, from the Ateneo de Davao University’s Computer Science Department.
  • Mr. Freedierick Claud, a full-time faculty member at Far Eastern University Makati.
  • Ms. Joyce Gatchalian, a faculty member at Ateneo de Manila University.
  • Ms. Kim Ligue, from the University of the Philippines Mindanao.
  • Mr. Geldof Resuello, Mathematics Instructor with the Mapua University.
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