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By Alah Soledad Sungduan

Stand Up for Life

Thursday, August 21, 2014

FEW months more before the anticipated integration of the ten countries in South East Asia leading to its transformation as Asean Economic Community by 2015 more talks about the issue is being asked to understand the impact of it.

For University of the Philippines Diliman Professor Dr. Clarita Carlos the Asean integration is something, which Filipinos should look forward to as this will give them the opportunity to become citizens of the world and be part of the rest of humanity.

In her lecture during the 11th EdukCircle Convention on Media Communication held at UP Theater, Diliman, Quezon City on August 17 and attended by Communication students from the different universities nationwide Carlos appealed to all the higher educational institutions to give their students an opportunity to see the world and experience the benefits one can obtain in internationalization and globalization.


"We should be excited. There will be no borders and no visas and passports needed," Carlos said.

This impending integration is the reason why many universities in the country moved its opening of classes to the month of August in attempt to harmonize the school calendar of the ten countries in South East Asia such as in Tokyo, Shanghai, and Singapore where the level of learning is high.

Carlos added this new development should also mean the need to compel the school administration to raise the level of courses to be able to compete globally.

"BA (Bachelor of Arts) is not a term or a degree. You need to have a Phd (Doctorate degree) to compete. Do not stop learning," Carlos said.

Right now, she said one big advantage of the Philippines for instance over Indonesia is its excellence in Information Technology and Accountancy.

However, one disadvantage of the country is it might lose its experts like the Air Controllers who are more persuaded to work in Singapore where the starting salary is high.

With expected changes that will happen in 2015, there is a need to talk more about this integration for better understanding on the impact of it.

The academe has started to prepare for it by harmonizing its school calendar to the adjoining countries and strengthening its curriculum by following the OBE syllabus format to become globally competitive. But what about the effect of integration in agriculture? Will the farmers experience more difficulties as what they are experiencing right now because of WTO-GATT?

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Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 22, 2014.


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