June 6, 2016
MAKATI CITY – Education technology social enterprise Edukasyon.ph called on higher education institutions to give more online information and advice on scholarships for students.
“Students need better access to information on educational opportunities and the requirements to avail of these chances to pursue their undergraduate and graduate studies. Schools can provide this information online through their websites where they can post scholarship information and application procedures,” said Lites M. Viloria, CEO of Edukasyon.ph.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Edukasyon.ph have partnered for an online application platform for scholarships for faculty and staff of higher education institutions under the CHED K to 12 Transition Program for school year 2016-2017. Edukasyon founder Henry Motte-Muñoz and CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan signed the Memorandum of Agreement today at the Commission of Higher Education building in Diliman, Quezon City.
“We want to help our faculty and staff apply and qualify for these scholarships with just a few clicks. We are excited about this partnership with CHED that can expand the reach of their scholarship program and fulfill their dream of completing their Master’s or Doctoral studies,” added Viloria.
With the partnership, over 140 delivering higher educational institutions (DHEIs) under the K to 12 program will be able to accept online applications from faculty and staff scholars through the Edukasyon-CHED scholarship portal. This will ease the applications for the K to 12 scholarship and will enable DHEIs to feature innovative graduate programs so that more faculty and staff scholars can enroll.
“We want to help our nominees apply and qualify to their dream university and college in time for school opening this June and August. Through our online service, CHED’s faculty and staff can now send applications to their preferred HEIs. The faster they can apply and qualify, the faster they can pursue their graduate studies,” said Henry Motte-Muñoz, Founder of Edukasyon.ph.
More than 4,000 nominees from different sending HEIs all over the country were selected by the CHED for their Graduate Education Scholarships for Faculty and Staff.
“We want to provide choices and convenience for college faculty and staff. Through this system, the selection and application system becomes easier and faster” added Motte-Muñoz.
Edukasyon.ph is a social enterprise that has a comprehensive database of senior high schools, colleges, tech-voc schools, scholarships and career pathways. At the site students can search and apply to schools all over the Philippines.
“We are pleased to announce this online partnership, to ensure access to information of prospective faculty and staff scholars and to allow for online application to schools. We recognize the power of technology to open access to these scholarships and we want to harness these online capabilities to make it easy for our faculty and staff to apply and submit their requirements,” said CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan.
Need for more graduate degrees
According to CHED, only 50 percent of all HEI faculty in the country currently hold graduate degrees, while the faculty in Vietnam and Malaysia hold 60 and 69 percent, respectively.
The CHED K to 12 Transition Program effectively utilizes the period of low enrollment anticipated in the higher education sector due to the full implementation of K to 12 in order to provide opportunities for HEIs and their personnel to earn higher qualifications through scholarships and other grants. A total of 15,000 scholarship slots will be awarded, thus helping increase the number of graduate degree holders among HEI faculty to 70 percent by 2021.
“The main constraints that prevent faculty from completing further studies include heavy teaching loads, being recalled by their home institutions, and low stipend rates. But now, with the transition to K to 12, they are virtually free of these constraints. The government is meeting that opportunity with an increased investment in scholarships and other grants,” said Licuanan.