In a memorandum of agreement signed on Nov. 15, UPLB and the Tourism and Infrastructure Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) renewed their partnership to enhance workforce competencies through graduate education.
Starting next semester, 15 middle-level managers of TIEZA will pursue the Master in Development Management and Governance (MDMG) program, formerly the Master in Management major in Development Management (MMDM) offered by UPLB through the College of Public Affairs and Development (CPAf).
They will comprise the second batch of TIEZA scholars admitted into a CPAf graduate program. The first batch was admitted in 2009 when the program was still MMDM and TIEZA was still the Philippine Tourism Authority.
The current TIEZA scholars will take either one of the two areas of specialization of MDMG: organizational and institutional development, or program management.
They are expected to earn their degree after six semesters or in the first semester of Academic Year 2024-2025.
Through this academic program, TIEZA and UPLB endeavor to undertake joint technical assistance activities in line with organizational capacity and institution building.
MDMG is among the various graduate programs offered by CPAf through its Institute for Governance and Rural Development (IGRD).
It was instituted in 2012 to support graduate education and was designed for middle-level working professionals to become transformational leaders who embody the values of social justice, integrity, excellence, and innovation.
Aside from graduate programs, IGRD also offers undergraduate service courses in education and agrarian studies, and a certificate program for degree holders who intend to take the Licensure Examination for Teachers.