Education and Industry work together to build a foundation for innovation – Teresita (Tata) Medado, Philippines

Microsoft was founded on the principle that people can do remarkable things when technology is within reach, and core to our mission is creating immersive and inclusive learning experiences that inspire lifelong learning. To that end, we are committed to partnering with educators on their journey to redefine learning.

One of these partnerships is with Asia Pacific College (APC) in the Philippines, a newly-named Microsoft Showcase School for 2015/2016, and its leader, Tata Medado.

APC is product of IBM Philippines and SM (Shoemart) Foundation, who partnered to create a computer training institution that would produce high-caliber graduates. “APC is the only school created by industry in the Philippines,” says Medado. “Our mission is to make sure industry practices flow through in the practice of education.”

This is especially pertinent in the Philippines, a country that is transitioning from its historical 10-year basic education system to government mandated senior high school – grades 11 and 12.

As you might expect, this is a monumental shift for administrators, teachers, parents and students throughout the country. So APC has turned to Microsoft for help building their senior high school, including implementing content, methods and administration.

“Microsoft’s approach came to us at the perfect time for us to develop the program for senior high school,” says Medado. “For content, we have integrated Microsoft certification in the curriculum. For methods, we have found that Office 365 is fantastic. It has the collaboration facets in it, it has the launching of all the content in SharePoint, and we’re doing all of our presentations in Sway. But it’s not about [the products]. It’s about the element of surprise and insightful education, getting students motivated. That’s the amazing thing.”

APC is one of just a few schools that has such a close-knit partnership with industry, allowing the school to focus on workplace-readiness for their students with internships, curriculum focus, content development, and professors that come from industry.

“Employability is one big goal,” says Medado. “But for the rest of their lives, we hope we give [students] competency to be leaders in their own right.”

Of course, there are challenges, one of the largest being creating and instilling a culture of change amongst teachers. “We have over 40 teachers trained and certified,” notes Medado. “We want the entire system to embrace the sense of change.”

But at the end of the day, Medado is energized by what the transition to senior high school will mean for young Philippinos. “Not only will they become feeders to college,” she stressed, “but they will become productive, and will be equipped to contribute to society.”

Enjoy today’s Daily Edventure with Tata Medado.

Teresita (Tata) Medado

Managing Director of Asia Pacific College

The Philippines

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