Representatives of the Ministry of Education under the New Zealand (NZ) Qualifications Authority visited Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) on Wednesday, May 9 to better understand its bachelor’s degrees in Education and Business Administration. AUP’s Teacher Education and Business Administration programs are Center of Excellence, and Center of Development awardees, respectively, by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) of the Philippines. Members of the visiting team to AUP are NZ representatives Ms. Eve Macmahon, and Mr. Sam Rosenberg, and CHEd OPSD representatives Dr. Amelia Biglete and Ms. Aline Magalong.
Before the tour around the 165-hectare campus a program was held at the Finster Hall which began with the welcome remarks of AUP President Dr. Francisco D. Gayoba. This was followed by the introduction of the visiting team composed of NZ and CHEd officials, and the introduction of AUP administrators, deans, directors and chairpersons. Presentations on quality assurance standards and procedures of AUP’s academic programs in general, and the College of Education (COE), and College of Business (COB), in particular were highlighted. Presenters were Dr. Miriam P. Narbarte- Vice President for Academics, Dr. Gracel Ann S. Saban-Dean of COE, and Dr. Glenda Joy Lopez-Dean of COB. This was followed by an e-tour through a video presentation of the campus, prepared by the Advancement office headed by Mr. Oemer Daquila.
According to CHEd representatives, the other Higher Education Institutions scheduled and recommended by CHEd for the visit are UP Diliman, Ateneo De Manila University, Lyceum University of the Philippines, Batangas, University of Sto Tomas, De La Salle College of St. Benilde, and Mapua University.
The visit is in line with the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Philippines and New Zealand on the Comparative Analysis of the Bachelor’s Degrees of the two countries. The document was signed by New Zealand Ambassador to the Philippines David Strachan and CHEd chairperson, Patricia Licuanan in the presence of President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, and Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern on November 14, 2017 during the ASEAN summit meeting held at the Philippine International Convention Center, Philippines, as reported on the news release @ https://pcoo.gov.ph.