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Research Thought Leader Dino amps up LAMP Summit
Research Thought Leader Dino amps up LAMP Summit

By: Chelsea Mayuga

04/04/2023

By: Chelsea Mayuga

04/04/2023

Dr. Michael Joseph Dino, Director for the Research Development and Innovation Center of Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU), recently graced the 4th Leadership and Management Perspectives in Higher Education (LAMP) Summit as a guest speaker last 30 March 2023.

Organized by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU), the said event ran from March 29 to 30, 2023 rallying the theme, “One Size Fits All? Education Trajectories, Transitions, and Transformations”. PACU defines the LAMP as a channel that brings to fore challenges, creates interaction, and sparks beneficial partnerships among private higher education leaders, academicians and faculty.

Delivered through hybrid format, with the physical venue at the University of Santo Tomas, the LAMP Summit featured three panel discussions. The first panel presented on the morning of March 29th touched on the developments with the Philippine Qualifications Framework and how to work this into the in-person Philippine Skills Framework, while the second panel held in the afternoon of the same day discussed career path development, specifically with regards to online curriculum reframing and innovation. On the other hand, the third panel took place on the morning of March 30th and showcased best practices in skills and industry frameworks which included in-person modality transformations in colleges and universities.

As a resource speaker for the third panel, Dr. Dino spoke on “Transitions, Trajectories, and Transformations in Teaching and Learning Transformations”. He was a luminary in an enviable roster of higher education champions.

In PANEL 1, there were: Dr. Aldrin Darilag, Commissioner, Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Atty. Cinderella Filipina Benitez-Jaro, Executive Director, CHED; Dir. Rosanna Urdaneta, Deputy Director-General for Policies and Planning, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Dr. Nelly Nita Dillera, Executive Director, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Philippine Trade Training. Topics such as the future direction for PQF, the credit transfer system in tertiary education or technical vocational training, and the Philippine Skills Framework initiative were tackled.

In PANEL 2, there were: Dr. Wesley Teter, Senior Consultant for Educational Innovation and Skills Development, UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education Learning Systems; Dr. Caroline Steel, Principal Strategic Consultant, Global Education Services, and Anderson Tan, Director, Xprienz & Accelerator Singapore. This trio of experts dissected how to transform learning pathways and learning spaces for lifelong learning, the global view of micro-credentials, and the skills framework in igniting the 4th Industrial Revolution.

In PANEL 3 with Dr. Michael Joseph Dino were: Prof. Vicente Antonio Pijano III, Chancellor, Philippine Women’s College (PWC) Davao, and Asst. Prof. Jerralyn Padua, Dean of College of Information and Computing Sciences, University of Santo Tomas (UST). Prof. Pijano presented PWC Davao’s business and information technology programs’ skills framework-based structure, while Asst. Prof. Padua talked about industry-based integration in UST’s information technology program.

Apart from his OLFU post as RDIC Director, Dr. Dino is concurrently the Laboratory Manager of OLFU’s MARVEL or the Multiple Applications for Reality-Virtuality Experience Laboratory. It is an OLFU project in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the DOST-PCIEERD (Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development), OLFU’s RDIC (Research Development and Innovation Center), and the global Sigma Phi Gamma Chapter. It is the first of its kind in Philippine research and development, and the third facility of its kind in Southeast Asia. MARVEL is Dr. Dino’s brainchild and it is hoped that the facility will be a fertile space for game-changing education innovations that leverage virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality.

The LAMP Summit closed with parting remarks from Dr. Caroline Marian Enriquez, OLFU President.