Higher Education Productivity Project (HEPP)

Last January 31 – February 1, 2013, eighty leaders from industry, academe, and government came together at the Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu for Philippine education and development. The first in a series of the national-level activities under the Higher Education and Productivity Project (HEPP), it was organized to:

1) Address policy hurdles that make it difficult for industry and academe to link-up

2) Develop a national roadmap for Philippine competitiveness built on a competitive human resource base

Given the recent passage of the K-12 law and the looming ASEAN 2015 integration, education stakeholders see a window of opportunity for higher education institutions to redefine their roles and be more responsive to the needs of industry. The dialogue between the academe and industry was therefore seen as the necessary first step to address key policy issues in Philippine higher education.

Capitalizing on the perceived need to raise the level of higher education and make it a driver of the country’s competitiveness and productivity, the summit thus brought together key representatives from industry, academe, and government to discuss the issues surrounding Philippine higher education institutions today. The guiding assumption of this summit was that the products of our higher education system are vital to the competitiveness of Philippine industries and the development of our nation.

With the conclusion of the 2013 PBEd Higher Education Summit, PBEd is therefore committed to keeping the dialogue between industry, academe, and government going through smaller events and forums. PBEd is also committed to pursuing Higher Education reform by implementing selected recommendations and points made during the summit. Specifically, PBEd will be implementing the following programs for the short and long term:

  • To push for a financing model that will level the higher education playing field. This includes pushing for normative funding for SUCs, funding that is based on merit and their original charters rather than enrollment numbers. This also includes pushing for new voucher and scholarship systems, as well as reviewing the rules of socialized tuition fees.

  • To push for the separation of Quality and Implementation Agencies. Just as in other countries, PBEd wants to have a Quality Assurance (QA) system wherein the one body will create policies and regulations while another body will take care of its implementation.

  • To push for the modernization of the PRC. Given the role of the PRC, it is important that its standards are in line with the current needs of industry.

  • To push for a unified accreditation system that is industry led rather than the current system which is peer to peer.

  • To push for industry’s increased participation in the creation of Policies, Standards, and Guidelines (PSGs)

  • To create an information database that would make education statistics more accessible to the public. It will be designed to display vital information such as licensure examination results, employment information, and industry led rankings among others.

  • To push for the expansion of the adopt a school law to tertiary education.

  • To push for a CHED memorandum that will allow companies to go straight to the HEIs for partnerships in designing majors

  • To push for the formation of an Industry – Academe Council on the national level that will form a three to five year agenda.