UC partners with USAID STRIDE, TIPI to pilot Professional Science Master's in Information Technology

August 21, 2016

The Professional Science Master's (PSM) Program, the fastest growing segment of science graduate education in the United States, is now offered at the University of the Cordilleras.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) - through its Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) program - partnered with UC and Texas Instruments Philippines, Inc. (TIPI) to open the Professional Science Master's Program in Information Technology - a first of its kind in the Philippines.

PSM is an interdisciplinary degree that combines science with business. This program is specifically designed to equip professionals with the necessary technical abilities along with professional industry competencies demanded in the 21st century workplace.

This program was realized through a memorandum of agreement signed by STRIDE Chief of Party Dr. David Hall, TIPI IT Director Lord Fernandez, and UC President Ray Dean Salvosa last August 8, 2016. Dr. Susan Brems, USAID Mission Director for the Philippines, Pacific Islands, and Mongolia, was also present during the signing.

Just recently, the PSM Advisory Board composed of UC faculty and TIPI executives underwent a Curriculum Development Workshop headed by Dr. Aubteen Darabi from Florida State University to craft the curriculum that shall fit the country's present professional and academic requirements.

The result is a 39-unit PSM-IT program that consists of 21 units of IT courses, 12 units of business courses and a six-unit capstone project.

Along with this, USAID STRIDE will also provide research grants and scholarships, one-year immersion in the US, a US-based visiting professor, faculty externships, innovation workshops, career center development, knowledge and technology transfer office development and short courses for research professionals.

Brems said that the offering of PSM will greatly benefit existing industry practitioners to further enhance their capabilities and this will mold them to become even greater players and leaders in the field.

The initial offering of the PSM in IT will be on the First Trimester of SY 2016-2017.

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