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Key areas in SME educ should be improved to boost RP's global competitiveness - Angara

Manila (19 August) -- Senator Edgardo J. Angara yesterday said it is important to identify areas which need to be improved in the country's pursuit of global competitiveness for engineers.

Speaking before the" Science, Math, and Engineering (SME) Education Conference" held recently at the Ateneo de Manila University, Angara said that the country has the best engineers from top universities waiting to be tapped in the global market.

"We have some of the best engineers from the top universities in the country, and they have shown us some of the areas that we need to develop," said Angara, who is the Chairman of the Congressional Commission on Science & Technology, and Engineering (COMSTE).

Meanwhile. Dr. Reynaldo Vea of the SME education panel of COMSTE, pointed out the international trend showing the growth of engineering registers. These registers give mobility and grant cross-border practice rights to engineers of the said member countries.

"Retooling our educators with a system that can give engineers the qualification needed to be a part of these international registers is essential," said Angara, who also pointed out that membership in these bodies would make it easier for technology transfer.

The conference featured over 100 members of the academe from the nation's top Universities and colleges, who gave presentations and participated in discussions about the state of SME education in the country.

The reports and presentations made during the said conference will play an integral part of COMSTE's SME Education Panel's output, which will be the basis for the scenario building/strategic planning components that will follow the assessment of the present situation of education in the country.

Jointly chaired by Angara and Cavite Representative Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya, COMSTE is expected to introduce or amend legislation that will make the Philippines more competitive world wide, particularly in Science and Technology.

The chairpersons of the six (6) expert panels of the Commission are Gregory Tangonan, PhD (semicon/electronics), Joaquin Quintos (ICT/ICT services), William Padolina, PhD (food and agriculture), Reynaldo Vea, PhD (basic science, math and engineering education), Ramon Arcadio, MD (health), and Francisco Viray, PhD (energy and environment). (Office of Senator Angara) [top]

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