Technological Institute of the Philippines

President's Corner

Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz

Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.)

After 56 years of growth, development, and service to the education community, the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) has achieved its aspiration for global excellence. Since its founding in February 1962 by Engineer Demetrio A. Quirino, Jr. and his wife Dr. Teresita U. Quirino, T.I.P. has consistently lived up to its vision of maintaining a high standard of instruction, bringing high quality tertiary education within reach of most Filipinos, and forging strong ties with the government in the implementation of its economic and social amelioration programs. From an initial enrollment of 2,400 students, T.I.P. currently has over 24,000 students under its wing spread out over its campuses in Manila and Quezon City.

T.I.P.’s effort is now shifted to maintaining this global excellence, exploring, and implementing ways to improve learning, maintaining strong ties with industry to ensure that alumni exceed employers’ expectations, and continuing to provide leadership in engineering and technological education in the Philippines.

Our international accreditation for 20 programs from the U.S.-based ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) and the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) continues to improve the processes of these programs. During SY 2018-2019, T.I.P. will be developing new Student Outcomes (SOs) for implementation in SY 2019-2020, to incorporate the new SOs from ABET EAC and ABET CAC required in SY 2019-2020. ABET SOs are program level outcomes that students should acquire by the time of graduation. These SOs are aligned with the T.I.P. institutional outcomes desired for all T.I.P. graduates.

This SY 2018-2019 is also the year when our 20 ABET EAC or ABET CAC programs have to undergo mandatory periodic reaccreditation. This September, there will be four teams from ABET, two to visit 10 programs at T.I.P. Quezon City, and two to visit 10 programs at T.I.P. Manila. Their findings can only induce us to strengthen our already strong programs at T.I.P. through Continuous Improvement activities.

T.I.P.’s New Thrust

One of T.I.P.’s new thrusts is the T.I.P. Technopreneurship and Collaborative Applied Research program, collectively called T.I.P. TechnoCoRe. This T.I.P. educational model incorporates technopreneurial skills into its brand of engineering and technology education through student technopreneurship and industry-academe collaborative applied research.

T.I.P. TechnoCoRe aims to develop highly competent engineering and technology students with technopreneurial skills taught by highly capable faculty members who are more attuned to the current condition and needs of industry.

This SY 2018-2019 is additionally crucial because it is the first year in the Philippines when entering freshmen for baccalaureate degrees are graduates of Grade 12, and not fourth year high school as was the case before the nationwide K-12 basic and secondary education program implementation. College freshmen in all degree programs are enrolled in new curricula in keeping with new mandates from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for tertiary education. These new curricula are now in place at T.I.P. However, simultaneously still in place are curricula for continuing students in their second, third, fourth, and fifth year, in the case of engineering programs, and in their second, third, and fourth year in the case of Computer Science (CS), Information Systems (IS), and Information Technology (IT) programs. These other curricula will remain active until all students who graduated under the previous basic secondary education curriculum complete their baccalaureate degrees. Coordinating and synchronizing these various curricula will be challenging. There will be adjustments due to expected changes from the CHED. There will be small adjustments due to refinements in Senior High School. T.I.P. considers these challenges as opportunities for further improvement in providing the best learning environment for all T.I.P. students.

Further, T.I.P.’s six Computing and Information Technology programs (3 at T.I.P. Quezon City and 3 at T.I.P. Manila) remain recognized by the Seoul Accord, by virtue of the ABET CAC accreditation of our 6 Information Technology Education (ITE) programs. T.I.P. students in CS, IS, and IT are educated under programs that have passed the same rigorous criteria as those under accredited programs of the members of the Seoul Accord (accreditation agencies of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan). Our two programs in Information Systems are the first to be accredited by ABET CAC in the Philippines and the whole of South Asia.

Locally, T.I.P. enjoys the CHED Autonomous Status award for both T.I.P. Quezon City and T.I.P. Manila. T.I.P. also enjoys a total of 16 programs awarded as Centers of Excellence (COEs) and Centers of Development (CODs) by CHED—4 COEs and 4 CODs in T.I.P. Manila, and 4 COEs and 4 CODs in T.I.P. Quezon City. Both T.I.P. campuses have likewise retained 7 Engineering program accreditations each from the Philippine Technological Council (PTC) and 3 Computing program accreditations each from the Philippine Computer Society (PCS) Information and Computing Accreditation Board (PICAB).

Most Awarded Institution

T.I.P. also continues to be one of the most awarded institutions under the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation, Inc. (PACUCOA) with a total of 23 accredited programs, all with either Level III Reaccredited Status or Level IV Accredited Status. Specifically, T.I.P. Manila currently has 5 programs with Level IV Accredited Status and 6 programs with Level III Reaccredited Status, while T.I.P. Quezon City now has 9 programs with Level IV Accredited Status and 3 programs with Level III Reaccredited Status.

Additionally, T.I.P. recently passed the 2018 ISO 9001:2015 Surveillance Audit to ensure that our quality management system (QMS) remains at par with those of the world’s best educational institutions. This accomplishment means that T.I.P. has had its QMS certified compliant to the latest ISO 9001 standards for 19 years now since 1999. T.I.P. has been continuously improving its processes through continuous improvement projects and initiatives that utilize insights from various assessment platforms, such as surveys and focus group discussions, with relevant stakeholders.

With all these efforts, T.I.P. is firmly committed to challenging the status quo to generate even more improvements for its students and employees alike, maintaining global excellence, and continuing to provide leadership in engineering and technological education in the Philippines.