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Capacity Building of Tertiary Educators in the Teaching of Selected Microbiology Courses

Starting January 7 until February 1 of this year, the Microbiology Division of the Institute of Biological Sciences will be holding a training workshop entitled Capacity Building of Tertiary Educators in the Teaching of Selected Microbiology Courses for the Members of the Microbiology Consortia in the Philippines. This endeavor is made possible by the P 8M grant that the group received from the Commission of Higher Education under the CHED K-12 Transition Program.

According to Dr. Asuncion K. Raymundo, NAST academician and chair of the Microbiology Consortium Committee of the Philippine Society for Microbiology, there is an immense demand for competent microbiologists in the industry and the academe. This concern is revealed in a study that Dr. Raymundo and co-workers conducted in 2016. Further, the problem is compounded by the current dearth in the number of higher education institutions (HEIs) that produce microbiology graduates. In line with this, one of the main goals of the workshop is to provide selected educators with the chance to be trained on concepts and techniques for the teaching of fundamental Microbiology courses. Moreover, it is also envisioned that the training will equip the participants with skills to improve their existing Microbiology curriculum. Hopefully, this would result in a stronger offering that could attract more students.

The workshop consists of four modules, namely, Basic Microbiology, Food Microbiology, Microbial Ecology and Microbial Genetics. Each module will have thirty participants from various colleges and universities in the Philippines.

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Written by: Prof. Angella Melissa A. Carlos

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