The country’s largest state university has found a partner to help its students develop skills as future professionals.
On 13 January, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) and Daily Tribune signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) consisting of training programs to benefit PUP’s communication students and faculty.
Representing PUP at the signing via video conference were College of Communication dean Dr. Divina Pasumbal, Department of Journalism chair Dr. Hemady Mora, and Research, Extension and Development vice president Dr. Anna Ruby Gapasin.
Also present was PUP president Manuel Muhi.
Signing the MoA for Daily Tribune were executive vice president Maria Bettina Fernandez, managing editor Aldrin Cardona and associate editor Dinah Ventura.
Under the agreement, Daily Tribune will provide training sessions, workshops, and lectures on media-related concerns to PUP students and faculty.
The partnership will likewise allow PUP students and faculty to gain access to the publication’s multimedia facilities, participate in its online productions, and be given preference for job referrals, internship and actual employment.
At the video conference, Fernandez recalled that the partnership took two years of planning.
She said that Daily Tribune chose PUP as a partner because the university produces graduates “with the right attitude.”
Cardona pointed out that a number of Daily Tribune’s reporters came from PUP. He added that the collaboration “will be a mutually beneficial union.”
Ventura said, “Our aim is to provide students with the space to learn while giving them a more holistic view of the realities of today’s journalism” that is different from that of a traditional news organization.
“This partnership,” said Dr. Muhi, “will provide our students hands-on experience within a dynamic and progressive learning environment through on-the-job training programs and will further equip the faculty with skills to feed the needs of the community.”
Fernandez added: “Amid a sea of fast-changing technology and instant gratification, Daily Tribune upholds the core values of a 20-year-old publication, determined and ambitious, yet patient — the same values we see in PUP students.”