Over 2,100 Technopreneurship 101 students of De La Salle University (DLSU) and other schools of the De La Salle System will annually benefit from TECHPRE101, a unique teacher training program developed by DLSU and Globe for the impartation of Technopreneurship skills to science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and economics students, incorporating business principles with social innovation practices.
Beginning this school year, the pilot program will be participated in by 49 DLSU teachers across eight DLSU colleges, sister schools, and two DLS Higher Education Institutions (Senior High).
The following Colleges and Universities are:
- De La Salle University (DLSU)
- College of Engineering
- College of Science
- College of Computer Studies
- School of Economics
- De La Salle University Integrated School (DLSU-IS)
- De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB)
- De La Salle Lipa (DLSL)
- University of St. La Salle Bacolod (USLS)
- De La Salle University Dasmarinas (DLSU-D)
- La Salle University Ozamiz City (LSU)
- De La Salle Araneta University (DLSAU)
The following DLS Higher Education Institutions (Senior High) are:
- De La Salle Santiago Zobel School (DLSZ)
- La Salle Greenhills (LSGH)
Technopreneurship is a course mandated by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for engineering degree programs, but other programs have adopted it as a regular or elective course. The course will also be rolled out in one state university to be chosen by CHED.
“We believe in the importance of strengthening our teachers’ knowledge and skills in technopreneurship for them to equip the workforce of the future. Through this partnership with DLSU, we hope to help our teachers develop the youth’s interest in innovation and entrepreneurship so that they can contribute to economic growth and create positive societal impact,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP for Corporate Communications.
Students are taught how to create a business model based on technological innovations to meet market needs and to productize the innovation from a technical and commercial standpoint.
Globe’s collaboration with DLSU aims to further enhance the teachers’ grasp of the subject by including topics such as mobile technology in entrepreneurship and 5G technology for the Internet of Things (IoT). It also brings out the entrepreneurial mindset of teachers through an idea and business pitch competition.
The syllabus is a mix of application-focused online classes, mentorship through breakout sessions, and business development. Each class will spend 45 hours on the course over four months.
The 2,100 senior HS, undergraduate, and graduate students who will take the course annually will translate into 600 teams being guided in business plan preparation, with some 48 projects expected to qualify for incubation towards potential commercialization.
“We are fortunate that this Techpre-101 teacher training program has received the full support of Globe, driven by their advocacy to champion stem education to advance 21st-century learning," said Federico Gonzales, Executive Director of DLSU’s Animo Labs Technology Business Incubator.
Globe has likewise launched the Globe Maker Lab and Innovation Hub, a program designed to enhance the delivery of world-class STEM education to underprivileged K-to-12 students. This includes a program for out-of-school youth and a teacher training program to help public schools launch their own Maker Lab and Innovation Hub.
The program, in partnership with Mano Amiga, aims to spark interest as well as strengthen the knowledge and skills of students ages 10-13 in STEM and eventually, help develop the workforce of the future. Mano Amiga is a school that provides affordable, high-quality K-12 education to learners from low-income families.
Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG), particularly UN SDG No. 4 on the provision of quality education and UN SDG No. 9, which highlights the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development. Globe is committed to upholding the United Nations Global Compact principles and contributing to 10 UN SDGs.
To learn more about Globe’s overall mission and efforts in addressing education challenges, visit www.globe.com.ph/education.