Leading Australian University, Queensland University of Technology, Signs Partnership Agreements with Philippine Universities
A leading university in Australia, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), has signed partnership agreements with several Philippine universities. These agreements formalize and strengthen an “already transformative collaboration on the field of education.” The agreements mainly focus on curriculum and research capacity development, educational leadership, and teacher training.
The partner universities are University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, University of Sto. Tomas, Philippine Normal University, University of San Carlos, Mindanao State University, University of Southeastern Philippines, University of the East, and University of Mindanao.
The vice-chancellor of QUT, Professor Peter Coaldrake, traveled to Manila, Philippines to sign the partnership agreements. According to Professor Coaldrake, the program had recognized universities as important partners in guaranteeing that the new generation of teachers continues to encourage ‘inclusive teaching and learning’.
“The MOU signing between QUT and the nine prestigious Philippine universities here today is a testament to a mutually-beneficial partnership. It is our great hope that both Australians and Filipinos will reap the gains of this transformative program,” stated Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Twedell.
QUT has previously collaborated with the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) and National Council for Disability Affairs on a public sector linkages program on inclusive education.
Additionally, QUT has partnered with DepEd and the Commission for Higher Education to provide professional development programs for their employees. The program also included professional development programs for higher education institution staff in support of the Philippines’ Basic Education Sector Reform Agenda.
“QUT’s collaboration with the local universities was facilitated by Philippines Australia Human Resource and Organisational Development Facility (PAHRODF) through its Institutional Partnerships Program,” stated the Australian Embassy in the Philippines.