DLSU faculty members to take part in ICT workshops funded by the Australia-ASEAN Council


Dr. Raymund Habaradas
of the Management and Organization Department (MOD)

Ms. Paz Esperanza Poblador
of the Marketing and Advertising Department (MAD)

Two faculty members from the Ramon V. del Rosario College of Business (RVRCOB) will take part in a series of workshops meant to improve the capacity of ASEAN academics to conduct research on the enabling role of information and communication technology (ICT) in bolstering small business, and to eventually deliver ICT courses for small businesses in their respective countries. This project, dubbed “ASEAN academic partnerships for small business and ICT knowledge transfer”, is a multi-country collaboration between Victoria University (Australia), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (Malaysia), De La Salle University (Philippines), and Mahidol University International College (Thailand). Representing DLSU are Dr. Raymund Habaradas of the Management and Organization Department (MOD) and Ms. Paz Esperanza Poblador of the Marketing and Advertising Department (MAD).

The project is funded by the Australia – ASEAN Council (AAC), which aims to promote cooperation between individuals and institutions in Australia and Southeast Asian countries to enhance learning, teaching, and research in areas of mutual interest, to broaden awareness and understanding in Australia and in ASEAN countries of each others’ culture, values, and traditions through increased people-to-people contact.

The series of workshops will begin with an intensive 5-day knowledge-transfer session that will be held in Melbourne on March 13-17, 2017. This will be followed by several one-day workshops, which will be hosted by the participating ASEAN universities in their respective countries on April 20 in Terengganu, on May 26 in Bangkok, and on June 23 in Manila. The local workshops will allow the participating ASEAN academics to share the knowledge they gained from the intensive workshop in Australia to their local colleagues. The one-day workshops are not directed at small businesses, but at university staff who are later expected to develop ICT training materials and to deliver short training programs for small businesses, and in the local language if need be.

While the project is expected to be completed within the year, it is hoped that there will be ongoing collaboration between the participating universities beyond the timeframe of the project. It is also expected that aspects of ICT and small business be reflected in local university academic research, training programs, and doctoral supervision.

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