“As we are presented with materials from Foundation University, we could see a lot of possible areas for collaboration,” said Dr. Betty Cernol-McCann, the newly-installed President of Silliman University during her visit last June 26 at Foundation University.
During the short reception program held at the Lawak Kauswagan, Dr. McCann pointed out two possible areas of collaboration between FU and SU namely: the concern for the environment and the use of digital technology in the teaching-learning process.
Currently, both universities have already begun with individual programs on the lesser use of plastics in their respective campuses. Officers shared the best practices of FU on environmental preservation and sustainability.
Meanwhile, Dr. McCann also heard the testimonials from the mentors and key leaders in the implementation of the iPad program at Foundation Preparatory Academy – the basic education arm of the University.
“We may have a different trajectory, different ways of implementing the use of technology but certainly, we can share experiences on how we can maximize the use of information technology and digital technology into the classroom so, we can really work on that possibility,” added Dr. McCann on the sharing of thoughts regarding the infusion of digital technology and information technology as per experience shared by mentors at FPA.
During her short speech, Dr. McCann then proposed to President Dean G. Sinco on the possibility of building an alliance among schools and universities in Dumaguete in order for the academe to gauge the rising needs and demands of the various work industries and to have a full grasp of today’s human resource requirements in the various work industries.
President Sinco expressed, as well, his optimism on the establishment of an alliance among educational institutions which will now include the industry and other sectors providing employment to the students and graduates.
During the said visit, FU president Dean G. Sinco himself welcomed Dr. McCann along with a delegation from SU comprised of Mr. Moses Atega, Ms. Charmaine Melaño and Ms. Shanielle Cañeda. The deans and administrators, led by University Chancellor Faisal M. Alih and Dr. Mira D. Sinco, FPA Superintendent, also attended the short program and lunch reception.
In retrospect, University President Sinco and Dr. McCann met in Hong Kong during the former’s surprise visit at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The latter stayed in Hong Kong for 12 years as she was formerly connected with the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia.