THE Manila Times College and The Manila Times College of Subic signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Mission Driven International last October 12 in Rome, Italy, as a first step in establishing The Manila Times College in Europe or the Università Manila Times in Europa (UMTE).
UMTE is a school for children of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Italy, Spain, Malta, Austria and other European countries.
UMTE follows the Department of Education’s K to 12 curriculum and the Training Regulations of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, but its graduates are also expected to fulfill the requirements of the Italian vocational education curriculum and the European Classification of Skills/Competencies, Qualifications and Occupations. The mode of delivery for technical education is Dual Training.
UMTE will service the needs of children of OFWs who were removed from the Philippine school system when their parents moved to their host countries. It will ensure that Filipino children will retain their Filipino identity even if they were born, raised or will settle in a European country.
Isagani R. Cruz, the president of The Manila Times College and The Manila Times College of Subic, signed the MOA with Casimero A. Dulay, the president of Mission Driven International (MD-International) in a ceremony held at the Polo Didattico Piazza Oderico da Pordenone, one of the Learning Centers to be put up by the new school.
Learning Centers will be established initially in Rome, Milan, Padova, Reggio Calabria and Cosenza in Italy; Barcelona, Spain; and Vienna, Austria.
Heads of Philippine associations traveled to Rome to attend the ceremony.