UST, ABS-CBN ink agreement for faculty exchange, internship programs

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ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio (seated second from the left) and UST Rector Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy O.P. sign the memorandum of agreement at the Rector's Hall.

THE UNIVERSITY signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with media giant ABS-CBN last Jan. 18 for faculty exchange and internship programs.

“UST will help us in the creative formation of media and industry leaders through [an arrangement] that will benefit [from] a rigorous academic environment [steeped] in the core values and teachings of this university,” Charo Santos-Concio, chief content officer of ABS-CBN Corp. and president of ABS-CBN University said in her opening remarks.

At least 300 senior high school scholars of ABS-CBN University will be given the chance to get degrees from partner-universities such as UST and become employed after graduating from a two-year course.

ABS-CBN University is a corporate learning institution established by ABS-CBN in 2014 to provide professional development training to its employees.

The agreement will also prioritize employment for Thomasian graduates, giving them a “first crack at the openings,” ABS-CBN University Learning and Development Manager Marie Mamawal told the Varsitarian.

“The MOA covers several things. One is recruitment which means ABS will have a first crack at the really brilliant graduates, granted that they pass the recruitment process. And then UST will also have a first crack at the openings in ABS,” she said.

The agreement also intends to add “academic rigor” to the training of students in the Eugenio Lopez Jr. Center for Media Arts Senior High School, a project launched by ABS-CBN last June 2016, through a faculty exchange program with the UST teaching staff.

ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio at the Rector’s Hall.

Negotiations spanned for 10 months, beginning March 14, 2016, which Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. said was a sign that “UST remains one of the most trusted brands in education in the country and in the region.”

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“One of the most important institutional collaborations that exist today is that which involves the academe and the industry. We have a relationship between the two, aroused for dynamic exchanges, practical engagements, and authentic intellectual interactions, addressing specific needs and sharing the best practices,” Fr. Dagohoy said.

Photos by Maria Charisse Ann G. Refuerzo

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