December 6, 2013, The Philippine Business for Education (PBed) dialogued with Cagayan de Oro’s representatives of the Industry and Academe for the Higher Education Productivity Project (HEPP) at the Pryce Plaza Hotel.
Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Philippines, has embarked on a noble project to reform Philippine Higher Education and make it aligned to the needs of the industry.
The Higher Education and Productivity Project (HEPP), is a one year project that aims to solve the skills gap and mismatch problem by initiating industry-academe partnerships at the national and regional level.
At the national level, it aims to initiate policy reforms and wider industry academe partnerships. While at the regional level, the HEPP will mainly be implemented in Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, and Iloilo.
Specifically, it aims to achieve this by improving the availability of information on industry and higher education capability and sustained national policy dialogue between key stakeholders, and by creating manpower plans and concrete industry-academe partnerships at the local level.
Apart from the representatives of the industry and the academe chaired by Fr. Roberto C. Yap of Xavier University, City Mayor Oscar Moreno was also present to witness the signing of the agreement between PBed, the Local Industry and the Academe. PBed had a brief presentation explaining how some of the skills produced in the academe does not meet what is required of the industry in the city (considered as higher growth areas). To know more about PBed’s role and advocacies and also HEPP, visit its official website and get connected.