The Institute of Languages and Creative Arts, as a production arm of the University since 2006, has been tasked to take care of the instructional materials development thrusts of the university. It works with selected and competent writers from the university’s academic units and liaises with the community to advocate and support its mandate. In brief, the Institute of Languages and Creative Arts shall be one of the University’s icons manifesting the realization of its vision, that is, to grow a globally-competitive Filipino citizenry.
INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGES AND CREATIVE ARTS
(Approve Res. No. 3576 s. 2005)
The emergence of the global knowledge economy has put a premium on learning throughout the world. Ideas and know-how as sources of economic growth and development, along with the application of new technologies, have important implications on how people learn and apply knowledge throughout their lives (Worldbank Report 2003).
The global knowledge economy also brought a flurry of activities in the world of academia. One seminar after another has been conducted to examine the potential impact of globalization on education. Output of such activities showed the importance for students to be competent in foreign languages. In view of the fact that a globalized world is characterized by international experience which is really crucial for employment and career, international skills should have a major part in every young person’s school curriculum. However, not all universities around the world are prepared of the sudden changes brought about by trade liberalization and trans-border provisions on education. The gap between the current educational system and the needs of the industry and business is a blatant reality that higher educational institutions are facing today because the academe has inadequately provided business and industries with competent human resources.
To bridge the gap, students, professionals, adult learners, businessmen, leaders, entrepreneurs, and other key players of the development of the country are looking for institutions that offer short-term courses in foreign languages and cultural studies to enhance their language proficiency and to promote cultural awareness. This demand is manifested by the mushrooming of private language institutes in the Philippines that offer foreign language courses to students, professionals, adult learners, travelers, not to mention the increasing number of internet sites for learning foreign languages and the influx of learning materials such as books, magazines and audio-tapes and including the proliferation of private tutorial centers. Anyone can easily find an advertisement promoting learning materials in English, Nihonggo, Mandarin, French, Bahasa, and Chinese in the newspapers as it appears on a whole section or at least on every other page of them; and fliers distributed by representatives of study centers, language centers, and tutorial centers that abound. There is in fact no need to read advertisements with information designs about learning a foreign language as they are posted on television and internet websites and heard over radio networks.
Aware of an immediate need for a work force proficient in foreign languages, a state university and a partner of the Philippine government to ensure that its graduates are globally competitive, the University of Southeastern Philippines, through the Office of the President, has established the Institute of Languages and Culture to address the necessity for society as a whole to recognize the value of foreign languages and to create an atmosphere and an environment in which foreign language learning is seen as vitally-important in enhancing the Philippines’ human resource competitive advantage.
The Institute is now linked with the German Embassy, and through its faculty, it is constantly liaising with the Goethe Institute for the former’s possible accreditation at some future time.
As of now, the University is receiving referrals coming from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), from downtown universities and from friends of clients outside the country.
Also, the Institute of Languages and Creative Arts, as a production arm of the University since 2006, has been tasked to take care of the instructional materials development thrusts of the university. It works with selected and competent writers from the university’s academic units and liaises with the community to advocate and support its mandate.
In brief, the Institute of Languages and Creative Arts shall be one of the University’s icons manifesting the realization of its vision, that is, to grow a globally-competitive Filipino citizenry.
The university as an academic institution, performs the three basic functions – instruction, research and extension. Currently, because of financial difficulty and the desire to improve its basic function, production is now a major thrust of the university.
CEDO’s former name was Economic Enterprise of the University (EEU) 2003, later on it has been reconfigured in June 3, 2006 by the Board of Regents to become the Corporate Enterprise Development Office (CEDO) with an expanded mandate in line with the corporation in USeP. The CEDO generated income that would eventually lead to the attainment of fiscal autonomy and the flexibility in fund administration, thus, facilitating the required infrastructure improvement and personnel development.
As of today, only the Production Manager oversees the CEDO with four (4) personnels making the office functional and serviceable to its clientele.
The Income Generating Projects (IGP) shall also generate employment opportunities for people in the service areas and for students who are willing to participate in its operations. Aside from the financial remuneration, the students learn in project management under government – run system, enhancing their entrepreneurial capabilities that would better prepare them for their livelihood after graduation.
To effectively operate the program and its projects, the CEDO personnel have to embody six core values.
The CEDO has seven major interrelated thrust as follows:
The Institute of Languages and Creative Arts firmly stands as a medium for global understanding and creative progress. Thus, it supports to provide relevant international language and creative arts studies programs that are creative and competency-based with support from competent faculty and management to scale-up the development of human potential.
In response to the ever-changing demand for a highly competent manpower, the Institute of Languages and Creative Arts of the University of Southeastern Philippines envisions to become a leading international languages and creative arts institute in Mindanao to produce globally-competitive human resources.
- To develop and design competency and need based curricula with global standards in the following: Arabic, Nihonggo, Mandarin, Bahasa, English, Italian, Korean, Spanish and other foreign languages;
- To provide a strong faculty development program to scale-up competencies and to offer attractive incentives for excellent performers in all areas;
- To establish collaboration with local, national and international agencies and learning institutions;
- To promote transparency in the Institute;
- To provide state-of-the art facilities and laboratories for the Institute;
The Institute of Languages and Creative Arts aims to:
- Provide foreign language and cultural studies programs to help students improve their language skills and cultural understanding needed to pursue knowledge in a university where foreign language such as English, Nihonggo, etc. is used as a medium of instruction;
- Provide foreign language and cultural studies programs to students and the global community for academic, professional, and personal development;
- Assist students in their cultural adjustments so that their academic pursuits will be both enjoyable and productive;
- Adhere to high standards of foreign language instruction and program management;
- Inculcate the importance of foreign language study in the development of students’ cognitive and critical thinking abilities;
- Inculcate the value of learning foreign languages to increase students’ ability to compare and contrast cultural concepts; and
- Stress that learning foreign language opens up a whole new culture, thereby helping students to appreciate various cultural beliefs and traditions of people around the world.