CEAS dean receives international citation for research in language education

National University’s College of Education, Arts and Sciences Dean, Dr. Jessie Barrot, recently received a research fellowship award from the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Regional Language Center (RELC). 

Dean Barrot’s study entitled “Examining the Task Complexity in ELT Course Books in the Philippines”, was one of only two research studies across Southeast Asia region that was funded by the international organization for the year 2017. 

The Singapore-based org aims to build capabilities in language education across Southeast Asia and promote research capacity in the region in studies relevant to the improvement of language education. 

According to SEAMEO RELC, applicants must possess a rich background in research with a good number of research articles that have been published in English by international language and linguistics journals. “This is actually a competitive award for language scholars in the Southeast Asian region. They  give this once or twice a year, and I am lucky enough because I am one of only two chosen by the organization.” Dean Barrot said. 

Dean Barrot also shared that one of his advocacies is to improve the quality of instructional materials here in the Philippines, and this pushed him to submit his work to SEAMEO RELC. “I was ecstatic when I received this award because at long last I would be able to share the findings that I will be having on this study to my colleagues from other countries, and this is an opportunity for me to also network with other scholars from other countries.” 

This is actually not the first international citation of Dean Barrot as he also received the 2017 Award for International Participation at the TESOL International last March 2017. He bested over 600 papers with his study “Effects of a Sociocognitive-Transformative Approach on the Complexity, Accuracy and Fluency in ESL Learners’ Essays”.

College of Engineering sets up ties with Trend Micro Philippines


National University-College of Engineering inked ties with one of the country’s top anti-virus companies, Trend Micro Philippines.

The College of Engineering and Trend Micro PH signed the memorandum of agreement last March 3 during the college’s awards night.

COE Dean Alexa Ray Fernando shared that Trend Micro PH will not only allow students from National U to apply in their company for internship, but they will also play a vital role in shaping the university’s new curriculum for Computer Engineering and Electronics and Communications Engineering.“They specialize in computer security, and since right now, security is not just in-demand but also critical. We are partnering with them because we want their specialization and security to become part of our curriculum. Hopefully, that will be offered for the 2018 curriculum.” Dean Fernando said.

Also, Trend Micro PH is expected to hire selected graduates from the school. The university will also ask them to train graduating students and faculty members “We expect capacity building for faculty members. We are designing a boot camp which will train the students and faculty members regarding some important and security related topics.”

Aside from Trend Micro PH, CoE is also set to renew its partnership with DENSO Philippines, one of the top companies in the country in the field of computer and electronics engineering.

NU holds CBA week; hosts SM and SDG roadshows

National University held its annual “CBA Week” last February 12 to 15, 2018 at the National U premises.

The week-long event aimed to showcase the students’ best ideas, taught them what to expect after graduation and served as a platform to integrate the theoretical frameworks learned inside  the classroom.

Several activities were lined up for the benefit of around 1,600 CBA students.

Among the organized festivities were Alternative Learning Classes (ALC), where students were taught how to enhance their skills and knowledge and these classes were led by John Robert Powers, ABS-CBN, Pru Like UK, and more; Miss Q & A, The Voice, 2030 Youth Force “Global Goals Fair” and the SM Roadshow.

The SM Roadshow, which happened to be one of the highlights of the four-day event, catered to around 300 graduating CBA students.

Some of the topics discussed were workplace communication and professional etiquette, job interview tips and how to better relate and professionally connect with people of different ages.

NU also hosted the Global Goals Fair or the launching of the 2030 Youth Force Sustainable Developmental Goals programs attended by students from NU and different universities in the NCR. This served as a training ground for students on how to craft projects and programs for their community.

Entrepreneurship management students were also given the chance to put up booths where they displayed the products and services they offered.

Meanwhile, according to CBA Dean Maria Teresa Gonzales, due to the SM Roadshow’s success, they are now planning to organize another event similar to this.

“This will be a continuing partnership with them. SM is willing to repeat it, this time it’s going to be institutional. Students from other colleges will be invited.

The week-long celebration was organized by the College of Business Administration, Accountancy Student Council and faculty members in partnership with JMA, JFINEX, JPIA, and NU Network of Student Entrepreneurs.

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