Batangas State University, in collaboration with Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and Temasek Foundation International (TFI), hosted the Advancing CDIO – Component 4 Workshop 5 on February 5 at the Function Hall, 7th floor, CIRTC Building, BatStateU Pablo Borbon Main I. Deans, associate deans, program directors and faculty from the engineering departments of members of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) gathered at BatStateU to complete their training on the Conceive, Design, Implement, and Operate (CDIO) framework.
Focusing on sustaining CDIO initiatives, the four-day workshop is a TFI-SP Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET-Engineering) Specialists Programme which will teach the participating SUCs in forming strategic requirements and raising professional academic standards by strengthening the implementation of CDIO and rethinking engineering education. This includes professional development in three (3) areas: knowledge, practices, and engagement.
Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo, BatStateU President, expressed that CDIO is one of the best ways to implement outcomes-based education (OBE) that will create 21st century professionals who industries need. He also hoped that the concluding training will allow the delegates to fully appreciate the framework, and to put it into practice for the country to benefit from it.
Singapore Polytechnic facilitators oriented and mentored the participants during the workshop.
Mr. Lee Chong Hwa, Deputy Director for SP School of Business, recalled the steps and exercises that have been taken and completed during the learning journey of each SUC. During the recap, he highlighted that the focus in sustaining CDIO initiatives is human resource as people are the drivers of change in the educational system. Mr. Lee also shared that students come to Universities for two (2) main reasons: to be successful and to have a good experience, which academic institutions should deliver by engaging students in active learning.
Mr. Cheah Sin Moh, Senior Academic Mentor, discussed about the Singapore Polytechnic Academic Mentor Scheme which forms part of their general strategy for improving the quality of education. He encouraged the delegates to explore and adopt the scheme in their respective Universities to enhance the performances of their teaching staff.
Dr. Linda Lee, Principal Consultant, guided the participants in the planning and open exchanges regarding the application of the CDIO Integrated Approach (Mapping, Enhancing, Innovating, and Sustaining) in different SUCs.
By the end of the training, the CDIO facilitators will be selecting potential Master Trainers among the participants whom they will develop to share what have been learned from the workshop.