To ensure continuous partnerships among higher education institutions in Region III to address flexible learning concerns towards becoming a smart and resilient academic community, Tarlac State University organized a roundtable discussion in cooperation with the Commission on Higher Education and the TSU Office of International Affairs held today (May 6) via Zoom and Facebook Live.
The roundtable discussions collectively called “Re-VAMP (Venture on Academic Institutions’ Milestones and Practices) of the New Normal: Toward Sustainable and Smart Flexible Higher Education” is the first of the series of activities of FLASHEIR3 (Flexible Learning All-in-One Solutions for Higher Educational Institutions in Region III) with the guidance of CHED Regional Office III (CHEDRO III).
It is a CHED-funded project of TSU, with President Dr. Myrna Q. Mallari as project leader, along with six Region III state universities: Bataan Peninsula State University, Bulacan State University, Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology, President Ramon Magsaysay State University, Pampanga State Agricultural University, and Tarlac Agricultural University.
The invited speakers are from partner institutions of TSU such as Dr. Muhammad Mustafa of Forman Christian College in Pakistan; Dr. Jude William Genilo of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh; Mr. Rufino Oliva of National University of Bulacan, Philippines; Ms. Afsana Jerin Shayery of Daffodil International University of Bangladesh; and Dr. Niño Corpuz and Mr. Maozhu Qui of TSU.
Around 700 attendees from 58 HEIs actively participated in the discussion composed of two parts — the sharing of best practices of selected local and international institutions in addressing the pandemic’s impact on education as well as the challenges encountered in the conduct of flexible learning. Questions from participants were likewise addressed by the speakers during the discussion.
FLASHEIR3 is part of the Region 3 Education Consortium (R3HEC) who also prepared the Regional Higher Education Action Plan (RHEAP) in response to COVID-19.
CHEDRO III’s R3HEC commenced in July 2020 where TSU was tapped to lead the Thematic Focal for Instructions in mitigating the impact of COVID-19 in higher education in the region.