Thursday, January 09, 2003


IBM Philippines and its education technology services partner, EduQuest, Incorporated have teamed up with the Philippine Normal University in the upcoming formal launch of the PNU's Masteral Degree Program in Education Technology, side by side with a celebration of the leadership role of Makati City in the field of education technology and teacher professional development.

The Philippine Normal University (PNU), country’s premier state university in teacher education, is set to launch a new graduate program designed to develop “teachers and educational managers in tune with the needs of the 21st century.”

PNU President, Dr. Nilo. L. Rosas, said the course, a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology (MET), has been designed “in line with PNU’s strategic plan to meet the increased demand for educators trained in instructional methodologies and classroom management practices relevant to the learning needs of today’s knowledge-based society.”

Rosas said the PNU’s College of Graduate Studies and Center for Educational Technology and Distance Education “held extensive consultations in developing the graduate course in collaboration with EduQuest Incorporated, IBMPhilippines’ partner in education technology services.”

PNU and EduQuest are set to sign a Memorandum of Agreement for the implementation of the course this coming Thursday, January 16, during a special program dubbed “Collaboration in Education Technology for World- Class Teacher Education” to be held at the Makati City Hall.

Side by side with the launching of the new master’s program for teachers, the event will also be highlighted by a “Celebration of Makati City Leadership in Educational Technology”--- a tribute from PNU and IBM Philippines to the teachers, administrators and students of Makati City’s public elementary and high schools.”

“We feel the launching of PNU’s MET is also the right occasion to give recognition to the leadership position and the successes of Makati’s public schools in adopting educational innovations through the use of technology,” Rosas said.

Makati Mayor Jejomar C. Binay and IBM Philippines General Manager Joaquin M. Quintos IV will deliver keynote messages during the gathering, which will also be attended by the PNU and Makati City academic communities, and school administrators and teachers of various Metro Manila public and private schools.