An official of the Commission on Higher Education in Western Visayas said more students are taking up business, hospitality, and tourism management programs in college, as more business and tourism establishments are sprouting in the region.
CHEd Education supervisor Efren Sucaldito said the tourism and business sectors usually get graduates from programs like this, and that is why the rate of enrolment is high.
The tourism and hospitality sectors are among the emerging industries in the region, based on records from the Department of Labor and Employment, and are among the major factors why the enrollees interested to work in these sectors, are increasing, he added.
Based on the record he presented during the #7NEWJUANDERS summit at L'Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City Tuesday, business, hospitality, and tourism management programs have the highest enrolment and graduation rate among the courses offered by private and public colleges in the region in the last school year, with 28 and 25 percent, respectively.
CHEd records also show that out of the 142,000 enrolled in college, 42,000 take courses under these discipline, and out of 40,000 graduates last year, 10,000 of them were business, HM, and TM students.
However, some of the courses under these discipline, like business administration, are already over-subscribed, that is why CHEd is encouraging students to take up courses under their priority programs, Sucaldito said.
To strengthen these programs, he said tertiary schools in the region are mandated to implement the Outcome-Based Education curriculum to produce graduates who passed the national and international standards.
He urged the private schools, and state universities and colleges, to carry out the mandate of CHEd to ensure that the students are globally competitive.
“The necessary skills could be acquired through OBE. Gone are the days when CHEd implements a highly-clerical curriculum,” Sucaldito said. *MLG
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