The Manila Times College (TMTC) and the Grace Christian College (GCC) in Quezon City on Monday signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that allows students of GCC to obtain a journalism degree at the TMTC in addition to the degree they receive in their home school.
Under the agreement, TMTC and GCC will offer joint double-degree (dual diploma) programs, with the students earning an AB Journalism diploma from the TMTC and an undergraduate degree from GCC starting this summer. As agreed upon, GCC students will undergo journalism training in The Manila Times.
TMTC President Dr. Isagani Cruz said a student who gets dual certification will have a competitive edge in getting employed.
“What will happen if you have two diplomas? If you want to work abroad, they are looking for two college degrees. That will be your advantage,” Cruz told GCC students present at the signing of the MOA. “You know Chinese, that’s your advantage over other schools.”
Grace Christian College is a Born Again Christian school that caters primarily to Chinese Filipino students.
Cruz noted that learning other foreign languages will be a plus for a student who wishes to become a news correspondent in other countries in time for the Asean economic integration in 2015.
“It is important for the press to learn other languages. In your Journalism course, you will be a correspondent in Taiwan, like for instance, because you’re a Chinese,” the TMTC president said.
“In your summer class at TMTC, you will go out to cover assigned beats. You will be a reporter and your article will be published in The Manila Times with your own byline,” he added.
GCC president Dr. James Tan said he was honored to have the TMTC as a partner. He said such partnership will help hone the communication and journalistic skills of their students.
“This is the first time we are partnering with another school for dual degree courses in which our students will get two diplomas after they graduate. This will be a very unique [partnership]because it’s realistic,” Tan said.
“They [GCC students] will have a degree in Journalism from a prestigious environment like The Manila Times College and with this they have a degree from our school and it will enhance their curriculum vitae,” he said.
“In the Asean integration in 2015, this will be an advantage for our students as they know how to speak Mandarin. With this background they will be accepted in Malaysia, China and even in Singapore. I thank The Manila Times College for giving us this opportunity,” Tan said.
GCC is the newest addition to the list of TMTC’s partner schools offering double-degree programs. The TMTC had signed similar agreements with the Emilio Aguinaldo College, National University, Manuel L. Quezon University, Lyceum of the Philippines University, and the National College of Science and Technology in Cavite, among others. It is the only college that offers a dual certification program.
NEIL A. ALCOBER