Four (4) participants from the University of Southeastern Philippines were selected to represent the country in the Korea Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policy and Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) training program on Public-Private Partnership. This was held at the KDI in Seoul, Korea from November 21-26, 2016. The participants were the following: Dr. Juselyn P. Hiponia, faculty of the College of Education; Ms. Lucille D. Galicha, student in the MS in Development Administration program of the College of Governance and Business (CGB), Dr. Charlita A. Escaño, Professorial Lecturer in the CGB’s Ph.D. program; and Ms. Anelyn G. Binancilan, Senior Lecturer in the MSDA program. Last year, two faculty of the College of Education (Dr. Jean Bejano and Dr. Emmie Cabanlit) and one MSDA student (Sherwin B. Manual) were also selected by the KDI to participate in a two-week face-to-face training on Human Capital and Innovation Policies.
The four were among the participants from the government, private and non-government sectors in the blended learning course organized by the Mindanao Center for Policy Studies (MCPS) from June to October of 2016. MCPS was invited by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization –Center for Innovative Education (SEAMEO-Innotech) to be its partner in implementing this course by serving as GDLN Learning Center for the Philippines. Videoconference sessions with KDI and other GDLN centers in Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Bangladesh, Nepal, etc. were held at the USeP’s Knowledge for Development Community (KDC). The course is a combination of Videoconferencing Seminars and Face-to-Face Learning to promote more flexible, interactive and sustainable knowledge sharing and experience exchange among thousands of peers and practitioners around the world.
This year’s GDLN Distance Learning Seminar Series is designed to explore the rapid economic growth of Korea and evaluate the effectiveness of Korea’s development strategies in two parts: 1) Infrastructure Development & Public-Private Partnership and 2) Sessions for Infrastructure Development. Hiponia, et al. were selected by the KDI based on the quality of their final papers, reaction papers and qualifications. Airfare, accommodation, food and allowances were paid for by the organizers. (MCPS)