/ 5 February 2021

THE PHILIPPINE-AMERICAN Academy of Science and Engineering and the Technological Institute of the Philippines partnered to train future science and technology leaders.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by PAASE President Dr. Gisela Concepcion and TIP President Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz.

“This MOU is a milestone for PAASE. It is our first agreement to be signed with a higher education institution. TIP offers Filipinos the highest quality of STEM education. TIP’s aim to likewise promote science and engineering research, development, and entrepreneurship also resonates well with our mandate and goals at PAASE,” Concepcion said.

“The collaboration between PAASE and TIP is very likely to succeed and to yield positive outcomes,” she added.

Under the agreement, TIP will tap PAASE members as visiting professors who shall teach online courses in the school’s undergraduate and graduate programs.

PAASE industry experts will serve as online guest lecturers in TIP’s Graduate Programs, such as in the PhD in Computer Science and Professional Science Master’s in Data Science programs.

“A primary objective of PAASE is to promote contacts and collaborations among Filipino scientists the world over, and to help the Philippines in her efforts to advance science and engineering teaching and research in our country. The MOU directly supports this aim,” Cruz said.

“Raising the economic welfare of the Philippines and the well-being of Filipinos would be more likely to occur with wise application of science, technology, and innovation. This means a need for more computer scientists and data scientists. Formal degree programs in these fields are the quickest ways to reach critical mass in this sector of the workforce,” he added.

The university may also tap PAASE members to serve as Research Fellows and Research Consultants for projects under TIP’s innovation center called TechnoCoRe.

“Collaboration is the only way to go. This was the case before the pandemic, but now, even more so, during the pandemic. PAASE and TIP have a common thrust in strengthening science and engineering teaching and research in the country, ” Lahoz said.

PAASE is a non-profit organization composed of scientists and engineers who have distinguished themselves in scholarly and research related activities.