Region 6 Commission on Higher Education Director Isabela L. Mahler urged Colleges and Universities in Negros Occidental to make a review of their curriculum to make their course offerings relevant worldwide.
In her speech before the newly inducted officers and Board of Directors of the Association of Colleges and Universities in Negros Occidental (ACUNO) held at UNO-R Bacolod Corporate Hall, Mahler said that there is fear in the perceived increasing commercialization of tertiary education that will adversely affect the educational opportunities of the poor.
Mahler added that maintaining and sustaining an educational institution is not merely a problem of private institutions but government-subsidized schools as well. “The budget is becoming less and less and eventually running an institution will be difficult both for private and public”, she further explained.
She encouraged the school administrators to make some sources on how to increase their income but she stressed the need for them to improve the quality of the programs they are offering.
The country is short of Science and Mathematics teachers because the offer for them abroad is so tempting. Mahler emphasized that while private investment for education increases public support may fall deeply. She said schools should invest more in physical and soft infrastructure.
She revealed that by year 2020 there would be some 125 million students worldwide. Of this number, countries like China, US, India, Russia and Japan shall account for 51.1 million.
The newly conducted officers of ACUNO for school year 2007-2009 is headed by its incoming President Dr. Ramona C. Lamo, Administrator of Bago City College.
The newly inducted officers of the Association of Colleges and Universities in Negros Occidental (ACUNO) with Region 6 Commission on Higher Education Director Isabela L. Mahler.