UP Open University Renews its Institutional Membership to the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)
The Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) renewed its annual institutional membership to the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) last 15 February 2017 as part of its efforts to widen UP Open University’s network through partnerships and linkages. Membership to the organization is seen as beneficial in learning about the current professional practice and trends in social work education thus enriching the faculty’s Diploma in and Master of Social Work curriculum.
The IASSW office is located at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano- Bicocca, Italy and is the global association of social work schools and social work educational programs at the tertiary level. It advocates for the development of social work education in the world, creates standards to improve social work education, boosts international exchanges, offers a venue for creating discourse on social work research, and conducts policy and advocacy activities to support human rights and social development. IASSW aims to engage social work educators in the whole world for the exchange of knowledge and expertise. IASSW has been granted consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as an NGO since 1947 and represented at the United Nations in Geneva. The association shares studies and research in social work through the International Social Work journal and conferences and seminars organized.
Besides IASSW, UP Open University through FMDS’ Social Work program is also a member of the Asia Pacific Association for Social Work Education (APASWE), the National Association of Social Work Education, Inc. (NASWEI), the Social Welfare Development Learning Network, and the Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children-CALABARZON Region. Through these linkages, FMDS hopes to reach prospective Social Work students and contribute to the development of the Philippine social work curriculum through open and distance e-learning.
MPM Program Conducts Field Visit to LGU and Seminar on Federalism
The Master of Public Management (MPM) has successfully concluded its first activity under the UP Academic Program Improvement (API) project entitled: “Planning and Training to Establish Collaboration with the Local Governance Resource Institutions through Externship of Faculty Members in relevant sites” on 15-17 February 2017. The program was organized in collaboration with the Nueva Vizcaya State University, Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Office and Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Tourism Office.
The activity aimed to make the faculty members and staff grounded and updated on what is going on in the field through the first-hand insights and experiences and to establish collaboration with local governance resource institutions towards the enhancement of the delivery of the courses under the Program.
There were 13 Faculties-In-Charge (FICs) and staff members who participated in the three-day activity which included a courtesy call and interview with Hon. Carlos M. Padilla, Governor of Nueva Vizcaya; a visit to the local government unit-managed Lower Magat Ecotourism Park; and a “Let’s Talk It Over” cum Public Forum on Federalism and Local Governance.
The courtesy call and interview with Governor Padilla provided the participants a glimpse on thirteen-point agenda of the province labelled as PRAYERS N FAITH: Protect the environment; Reform the provincial government; Agriculture and food safety; Youth and sports; Education and skills training; Rural development and electrification; Social services, safety and security; Networking for development; Farm-to-market roads and infrastructure; Arts and culture; Indigenous people; Tourism; and Health and housing services. The faculty members were given the opportunity to ask questions about the relevant issues in the province such as mining.
The visit to the Lower Magat Ecotourism Park showcased how the provincial government maintained and further developed the park after its management was transferred from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to the provincial government of Nueva Vizcaya.
The activity was highlighted by the conduct of the “Let’s Talk It Over” cum Public Forum on Federalism and Local Governance at the Nueva Vizcaya State University. This was participated in by over a hundred students and local government officials. This was also accessed by graduate students from Ateneo de Naga through webstreaming via the UPOU Networks. Dr. Danilo Dela Rosa Reyes of UP-National College of Public Administration and Governance, Dr. Benjamin N. Muego of Ateneo de Manila University – Loyola Schools, and Governor Carlos M. Padilla served as resource speakers.