Thursday, July 13, 2006

IBM and SMIT-CA Tie-up


This is a press release that appeared in the Business Mirror (July 11) regarding the DLS-CSB and IBM academic initiative tie-up. The program will be under the jurisdiction of the Computer Applications and Information Management Programs of SMIT headed by Mr. Benhur Ong.

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde recently partnered with IBM for the implementation of the IBM Academic Initiative Program. This project seeks to partner with institutions of higher learning all over the world to further educate students in new technology, open architecture, and industry-relevant skills. IBM's goal is to address the IT skills shortage in the market, encourage technical innovation among the youth, and to drive open standards.

Colleges and universities involved will incorporate industry-relevant and highly marketable skills into the students' education and stem the shrinking enrolment numbers for IT courses. According to the 2004 Commission of Higher Education statistics, the country produces a considerably large amount of IT graduates every year (10.25% of total graduates) but the numbers have been dropping year to year because of work opportunities for nurses and teachers. New global opportunities in IT are on the rise and the schools in the country are willing to take steps to close the gap.

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