After passing the rigid and competitive selection process of the Innovative Development through Entrepreneurship Acceleration (IDEA) program, Dr. Godelyn Hisole received a short term study visit grant to the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET) at the University of California- Berkeley, USA from August 9 to December 2, 2016.
The IDEA program is a three year project of the Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) STRIDE. One of the program’s objectives is to strengthen entrepreneurship program in Philippine engineering and science in higher education institutions. PhilDev partnered with the Commission on Higher Education to infuse entrepreneurship in the engineering courses in the Philippines.
Dr. Hisole is a faculty of College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) and holds the rank of Associate Professor V. She will be a visiting professor at the University of California- Berkeley and will observe and study SCET’s engineering program. Sutardja Center is known for incorporating entrepreneurship in its engineering curriculum.
The study visit of Dr. Hisole is expected to help upgrade the engineering courses of ISAT U and other colleges and universities in Region VI. Stated in the IDEA re-entry action plan (REAP) is the conduct of a trainer’s training on teaching entrepreneurship to CEA’s faculty and the region. Also stipulated are the infusion of entrepreneurship in the selected technical engineering courses, the institutionalization of entrepreneurship in the engineering curriculum in the coming years as well as inviting successful entrepreneur alumni to share their stories in school or classroom activities.
Dr. Hisole is one of the five participants who passed the screening among the 60 Filipinos who applied for the study tour. Other participants are Prof. Mary Jean Apon ( Xavier University), Prof. Matthew George Escorido (Asian Institute of Management), Dr. Erees Quezon Macabebe (Ateneo de Manila University) and Prof. Donna Tabangan (Saint Louise University).