Prof. Lilian J. Sison, PhD, Director of the Office of International Relations and Programs (OIRP), was invited as a speaker in the European Union – Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN Region (EU-SHARE)’s first Student Mobility and Alumni Workshop, held from July 2-3, 2019. Sison discussed the “Implications of Industry 4.0 and 21st-Century Skills to the ASEAN Labor Market.”
Sison laid down for the HEI administrators the key points of these new movements, particularly on technology integration, blended learning, distance education, and multidisciplinary integration. Sison emphasized that now more than ever, disciplines must converge and provide multidisciplinary solutions to problems that are multi-faceted. To this end, Sison highlighted that the movement and technology now available, point to internationalization initiatives as a means to cope with the new realities.
Localizing the practice of internationalization to UST, Sison presented UST’s running transnational education (TNE) programs, such as the twinning / dual-degree program on Civil Engineering with the Catholic University of America, the dual-degree program on Chemical Engineering with Curtin University of Western Australia, as well as the recently started Dual PhD in Built Environment and Architecture (with the University of Reading) and the sandwich Master of Public Health (International) with the University of Leeds.
Sison also talked about the Two Newton projects of the University, namely the BioSensors project with the University of Cambridge and the Eco-Social Mapping and Urban Design project with the University of Reading.
Representatives from 32 ASEAN universities that are part of the SHARE’s Scholarship Program were invited to participate. Sison, the inaugural Director of the OIRP, which was established in 2013, is instrumental in the rise in UST’s intensified internationalization activities, such as the dual-degree programs, bilateral agreements, research collaborations, and student and faculty exchanges.