• Needed: Leaders that take action for people


    “The way our educational system works counteracts with what our industries need. It is vital to bring together these facets to hone leaders that take action to what our transforming society needs at present.”

    So said Vanessa Tanco, chief executive officer of iAcademy, and added that the Philippines should have the kind of edu-cation that is at par or beyond world-class standards to become globally competitive in time  of the Asean economic inte-gration by 2015.

    As job opportunities change, Tanco said it would be difficult to remain in a workforce that requires modern and applied creativity.

    Tanco said iAcademy is commi-tted to produce globally competitive professionals, as she stressed that quality education is nonnegoti-able—no matter how the disciplines applied in today’s educational landscape continuously progress.

    Since its inception in 2002, iAcademy has incessantly taken into consideration the kind of proper training and character-building they apply to complement the ever-revolving standards of industries that shape the society.

    “Just as how universities offer trainings and systems for occupa-tion preparedness, iAcademy is committed to arm our students with the kind of education they need for their future. However, we intend to sustain this practice by transforming our learners’ interest into actual professions,” shared Tanco.

    Tanco also explained that to strengthen this vision, iAcademy puts a high regard on actual trainings that seamlessly synergizes technology and creativity.

    “The movement is toward technology. For you to augment your competitiveness, you need to be skilled and knowledgeable, not only with theories you learned from school, but even on how companies apply modern practices that involve, say for example, an advanced software for programming, animation, and even fashion design,” she said.

    Tanco also noted that more conjectures on how educational system will change for the next 10 years are being circulated. The most common denominators involve learning simulations, adaptive computer-based exami-nations, and even the expansion of creativity through a multi-media approach. But zooming into the immediate’ future—meaning, the changes that the Asean economic integration       will bring in 2015—there are also implications that could directly affect the country’s acade-          mic landscape.

    “Educators should know that the agreement will not just affect certain sectors as the shift will go beyond different industries, including education. We might be known for producing globally competitive leaders and profes-sionals but the influx of people from other countries, who are ready to take the world, will simply be overwhelming,” Tanco further explained.

    The school began with courses that include BSBA e-Man-agement, BSCS Software En-gineering, BSCS Network En-gineering and BSIT Digital Arts. As it takes different part as it presents an industry-responsive education model to address the gap between the academe and industry, iAcademy grew into offering more first-class undergraduate and continuing education courses that take in design, computing and business programs, speci-fically geared toward proficiency and work excellence.

    Students can take Bachelor of Science in Animation, which is comprehensively designed to engage film making for traditional and digital animation. Others      can pursue a degree on Bachelor of Science in Computer Science major in Software Engineering, applying engineering concepts  in developing programs and design will be a huge part of   the curriculum.

    For the continuing, professionals who wish to hone their skills further or turn their passions into a profession can delve into creative writing courses, digital imaging, professional photography, or web programming and content man-agement basics to name some.

    iAcademy continues to work its way to forging strong bonds with respected entities in various industries. In 2009, the world’s leading manufacturers of digital interface solutions, interactive pen displays, and tablets—Wacom—became the institution’s training partner. Such relationship conti-nuously outfits iAcademy’s multi-media programs, as well as it animation course.

    In 2010, the school was appointed as the first IBM Software Center of Excellence in the Asean region and the first Lotus Academic Institute, proving how compelling their programs are for future IBM professionals, iAcademy’s fashion courses, on the other hand, was immediately chosen as the official partner-school and workspace of the Project Runway Philippines (season 3)—a reality TV show that has featured and produced some of the country’s finest and up-and-coming fashion designers.

    Located on Ayala Avenue, Makati, iAcademy also prides itself for being the only academic institution that stands tall in the heart of the Makati Central Business District.

    To date, the school has more than 800 students enrolled, majority of which are taking up Animation and Multimedia Arts. In 2002, it has a 700-strong pioneering studentry.

    Neil A. Alcober


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