UST to Adjust Academic Calendar
By: byx speaks
THE UNIVERSITY plans to synchronize its academic calendar with the rest of the world as a step toward “internationalization,” and in preparation for the economic integration of the Southeast Asian region in 2015.
This means that from the conventional June-March cycle, the academic year will run from September-June, coinciding with the typhoon season.
The plan will allow the University to adapt to the planned Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, said Clarita Carillo, vice rector for academic affairs.
“An academic calendar that is synchronized with international universities will allow greater efficiency in implementing student and faculty exchange programs,” Carillo said in an email to the Varsitarian.
The onset of the AEC has also prompted the University of the Philippines (UP) and Ateneo de Manila to move their academic year to September-June.
AEC is a vision of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or Asean to establish interdependence among its 10 member-nations by 2015 under a master plan that includes mobility of students and faculty members in the region through a university network, according to a “blueprint” posted on asean.org.
“We are cramming for ASEAN 2015,” Carillo said. “Either we respond now or we again allow ourselves to be left behind.”
The Philippines will be the only country in Southeast Asia following a June-March academic calendar by 2014. Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia already follow a September-May schedule. Thailand implemented the scheme in 2011.
Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Executive Director Julito Vitriolo said the adjustment of the academic calendar resembles the effort to adopt the K to 12 basic education program.
“We eventually adopted K to 12,” he said. “If we are going to align ourselves with the world, we might as well do it now.”
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