Dr. Anthony M. Penaso attended the first Philippine Higher Education President’s Summit. The event was organized by the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development USAID/Philippines).
The summit was the first of its kind and brought together over 500 of the country’s school presidents to Manila. It was a venue for education leaders to discuss the Philippine Higher education system as one sector and to speak with one voice.
Held last August 15, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, PBEd wanted to unify a divided higher education sector into one big voice.
The problems of the country’s education system are huge and it needs an equally powerful force to change and reform the system. Accordingly such power will only come from a unified sector, one that works together to correct the wrongs of the system. Unifying the higher education sector is central to improving higher education and ensuring a better future for our youth. As one voice, these leaders are in a better position to develop and advocate proactive reforms in Philippine education.
The summit saw the ratification of the Manila Declaration on Higher Education, which sets out a five-point agenda for reform on issues such as linkages between the academe and industry; funding or government support for post-secondary education; rationalization and development of research and science and technology; governance of the country’s post-secondary education system; and faculty development and quality graduate programs.
It featured speeches by Anant Agarwal, an entrepreneur and chief executive officer of edX, an online learning platform developed by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Sir Richard Gerver, an education innovator; and the United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Godberg. A special discussion on the new K-12 system to address issues and concerns raised by various education stakeholders was also tackled.