The University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) participated in the 10th Asian Development Bank (ADB) International Skills Forum (ISF), which bears the theme, “A New Era of Digitalized and Climate-Resilient Human and Social Development,” on October 17-19, 2023, at the ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines.
Dr. Bonifacio G. Gabales, Jr., Vice President for Academic Affairs and the elected 7th USeP President, represented the University during the three-day Forum.
The Forum offers a platform for participants from ADB developing member countries and global education leaders and experts from other regions to exchange and share innovative practices and solutions to address critical issues confronting education and training across kinder to Grade 12 (K–12), technical and vocational education and training, and higher education. Moreover, a wide range of topics, such as artificial intelligence for education, science technology, engineering, and mathematics studies, teacher professional development, skills for climate resilient occupations and just transition, and research and innovation in higher education, among other education-related topics, were discussed with the participants.
Participants were also able to discuss digital platforms for education, skills for quality jobs, research and innovation in higher education for climate action, and care economy and creative industries; the role of micro-credentials and blockchain in teaching; and education at the intersection of other sectors such as health workforce and medical education, energy transmission mechanism, sustainable agriculture, e-mobility, and smart cities.
Leading policymakers, practitioners, and experts in the education and training field, including over 100 government officials from more than 30 countries, attended the Forum.