The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) have signed a partnership to allow the faculty of higher education institutions (HEIs) to work on ICT projects next year.
The CHED said in a statement that 86 slots were opened for HEI personnel through the sectoral engagement grant under CHED?s K to 12 transition program. The faculty members should have a background in the disciplines of computer science, information technology or computer engineering.
?With the expertise of our faculty and staff, we are confident that this partnership will make significant progress in strengthening ICT capacities across the country. In addition, our educators could build on this experience and enable them to better train and inspire our students to use their skills for nation-building,? CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan said.
DICT undersecretary Elisio Rio, on the other hand, said there is a need for an ?ICT-empowered and responsible human capital?, which could make the country globally competitive.
The grant allows the faculty and staff to develop through immersion in government, civil society and industry to update faculty instruction.
CHED pointed out that one of the projects, the National ICT Training Division, also seeks experts in Java programming, system analysis and design and unified modelling language to update and develop ICT training courses with ICT-enabled industries and academic institutions.
Another project, the Competency Standards and Certification Management Division, also requires ICT faculty members to develop ICT competency standards. It will be used in a competency-based certification exam and in developing a competency-based curriculum. — PNA