The Australia Awards and Alumni Engagement Program Philippines (AAAEP-P) has produced 15 graduates of the Business Intelligence & Data Analytics (BIDA) short course last July 26, 2019. The graduation ceremony took place at Asia Pacific College.
Australia has been the country’s ally in promoting national development. Through the AAAEP-P, a project funded by the Australian government, the following participants were able to finish the BIDA short course provided by Carnegie Mellon University Australia (CMU Australia):
- Agnes Perpetua Rojas Legaspi
- Annaliza Catacutan-Bangit
- Bernard N. Layon
- Florante G. Igtiben
- George V. Sotelo
- Jayson G. Cu
- Ma. Jinky P. Jayme
- Manuel F. Magbuhat
- Mark Renier M. Bailon
- Marvin Anthony L. Bravo
- Michelle T. Tabuzo
- Nikko D. Madrelijos
- Rhea-Luz R. Valbuena
- Ricardo Eugenio
- Sergio R. Peruda Jr.
Mr. Richard Sisson, Chargé d’affaires of the Australian Embassy in the Philippines, expressed his heartfelt appreciation to all the participants who have worked so hard to finish their course. Eleven of the graduates are from different Philippine Government Agencies, namely the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). Four of them are faculty scholars, three of whom are from Asia Pacific College (APC) and one is from National University (NU). Before the commencement exercises, the participants showcased their BIDA Course Capstone projects which were products of their collaborative efforts. The faculty scholars also served as mentors to the government employees.
As Australia’s first international institution with a world ranking of # 1 in Information Technology and Management as well as Artificial Intelligence, Carnegie Mellon University Australia has been known for its high quality education. Also ranked as # 1 in Analytics Education, CMU Australia aims to produce graduates who are knowledgeable, skillful, and competent in handling different facets of data science through its BIDA program. In an article published by the Harvard Business Review, Davenport (2012) mentioned that the skills of data scientists are essential to the success of an organization. LinkedIn Learning Senior Editor Paul Petrone explained that LinkedIn data of 2019 shows both scientific computing and data science as part of the list of highly desired hard skills that companies are looking for in job applicants.
In his lecture during the Data Analytics Forum, Professor Murli Viswanathan, BIDA Faculty Lead from CMU Australia, explained that both artificial intelligence and analytics are currently transforming businesses and governance. Dr. Ernesto Pernia, NEDA Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning, reinforced this claim by stating that government processes in the Philippines can greatly be improved by technology. Through the BIDA program, graduates are able to amalgamate analytics technologies with applied business methods.
APC Chairman Ramon Dimacali said, “APC recognizes that BIDA skills will help us to better optimize current operations and refocus resources to improve services to our people.” He explained that cascading the knowledge imparted by CMU Australia can prepare APC students to embrace change and incrementally shape the world.
Both APC and CMU Australia have always had a strong relationship. Prof. Emil Bolongaita, Head of CMU Australia, made this collaboration with APC possible. Last March 2018, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed in the presence of her Excellency, then Ambassador Amanda Gorely, together with then DBM Secretary, now BSP Governor, Benjamin Diokno.
AAAEP-P Program Director Milalin Javellana formally closed the program by encouraging Australia Awards scholars to continuously enhance their skills. Moreover, she is looking forward to having a strengthened partnership with Asia Pacific College.
Photos Courtesy of Gualbertsan Sual, Oliver Hans Schuck, & Philip Erpelo