/ 6 April 2023

THE TECHNOLOGICAL Institute of the Philippines has heightened its efforts to educate students through experiential learning.

This called for the full immersion of undergraduate students and faculty in various research and development activities through the Technopreneurship and Collaborative Applied Research (TechnoCoRe) thrust.

TechnoCoRe was established in 2017 to foster stronger ties between TIP and its stakeholders in the private and public sectors. It helped launch several technology-driven projects that addressed some industrial and environmental issues plaguing corporations and communities.

Despite the program’s success, TIP Senior Vice President Angelo Q. Lahoz believes more needs to be done.

“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,” Lahoz said.

The university, through TechnoCoRe, held 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.

The guest speaker in the plenary session 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.

Hall urged the school to build its momentum around the three pillars — learning and teaching, applied research and collaboration.

“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,” Hall said.