25 Sep 2017--Thirty civil engineering practitioners and educators from leading companies and universities gathered in a cocktail-workshop hosted by Philippine Business for Education at Tower Club Makati.
The gathering is an initiative of the National Industry Academe Council to further industry and academe linkages, particularly in construction, which is a key employment generator in the country today. The group shared insights and discussed how they can work together to address the need for more qualified civil engineers, particularly in the context of the Duterte administration’s public infrastructure thrust Build! Build! Build!
PBEd President Dr. Chito Salazar shared, "We need industry and academe to speak the same language, and at the discipline level where it counts." The event was thus a unique opportunity for both schools and companies to sit down and identify particular areas of collaboration.
Dr. Ernie de Castro of the Philippine Constructors Association challenged schools to keep up and train students on new technology being used by construction companies. In response, Dr. Francis Uy of Mapua University emphasized the need to mutually define outcomes and what civil engineering graduates should be able to do upon entering the workforce.
PBEd is set to host similar events in other disciplines.