The Council of Deans and Educators of Business -Region 4-A (CODEB 4A) held its 14th Annual Conference with the theme, “Post K-12 Business Education: A Paradigm Shift’” at the Baguio Crown Legacy Hotel, Baguio City on March 8-9, 2018. The Department of Entrepreneurship, with the College Dean, Dr. Norayda M. Dimaculangan together with the Program Chair- Prof. Virgilio G. Bulatao, Prof. Tony Angelo Alvaran, Prof. Rossanne O. Tan and Prof. Justine O. Calangian, participated in the said conference.
In this conference, timely and crucial issues on business and the new business curriculum specifically with the transition to the K-12 basic education are laid out in hopes of providing the Filipino students with the right set of knowledge and skills for them to be globally competitive. Plenary sessions on Innovative Pedagogy and Curriculum in Business Education: Ateneo de Manila University Experience” and “Understanding the New Batch of Learners Post K-12” were presented by senior lecturer from the Graduate School of Business of Ateneo de Manila University, Dr. Daniel W. Barrenechea and the Vice President for Administration of University of Cordillera, Dr. Leonarda R. Aguinalde.
Dr. Barrenechea discussed the importance of developing a new teaching style and approach relevant and effective to the new generation of business learners, called the “millenials”. He emphasized the vital role of the educators in acquiring teaching skills that foster the learning of the students in drastically changing times where factors such as globalization, technological disruption and service revolution dominate the business dynamics.
On the other hand, Dr. Aguinalde emphasized , that educators should appreciate their role in transforming the lives of the millenials. She underscored that the K-12 curriculum should be embraced as it is the key for the Filipinos to be at par with other nations and provide them with better avenue to be globally competitive.
This year’s CODEB Annual Conference was remarkable as it has two keynote speakers, Dr. Emmylou B. Yanga, Director, CHED, CALABARZON, and Dr. Virginia Akiate, Director, CHED, MOMAROPA. They posed a challenge to everyone in the business education to be more innovative as they go through the paradigm shift and encouraged them to network with other business education partners.
Indeed, this conference inspired the faculty of the Department of Entrepreneurship of Laguna University, to continuously serve the College of Entrepreneurship, Management & Accountancy, with heightened sense of commitment and passion, armed with skills to meet the challenges of K-12 Curriculum.