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As of 13 October, we have commenced the fourth run of our LDP-HEI Programme in partnership with SEARCA. We are pleased to have Atty Lily Freida M. Milla, Director III, International Affairs Staff, CHED; Dr Edgardo E. Tulin, President, SUC-ACAP; Dr Glenn B. Gregorio, Director, SEARCA; and Mr Lim Yu Book, Board Member and Acting CEO, The HEAD Foundation, to offer their welcome remarks at the opening ceremony, and welcome Dr Fay Lauraya, President of University of Nueva Caceres, to join our line-up of keynote speakers. This run will impact 34 leaders from 17 HEIs in the Philippines, and we look forward to a rewarding programme for all. Watch this space or follow us on social media for programme updates!

Read more about the first run of this year’s programme, which ran from April to June.

29 leaders from 11 Philippine universities came together to participate in the third rendition of our Leadership Development Programme for Higher Education Institutions (LDP-HEIs), held for the first time online, in partnership with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). Over two months, Programme Director, Dr N Varaprasad, alongside trainers Associate Professor Calvin Chan and Associate Professor Rebekah Lim from the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), led workshops on how institutions can evolve through the challenges posed by remote working and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

University participants sharing their re-entry action plans and programme experiences, with Programme Director Dr N Varaprasad, trainer Professor Calvin Chan, and Dr Nova Ramos.

Participants were introduced to institutional resilience and effective leadership styles for disruptive times; preparing future-ready graduates for the changing world of work; using cutting-edge digital tools and pedagogies to effectively engage students; and developing future-ready faculty. Much was gleaned as well from an impressive line-up of keynote speakers who added invaluable insights into tackling the challenges unique to HEIs and institutional transformations needed for the new normal. The speakers notably were Dr J. Prospero E. de Vera III, Chairperson, Commission on Higher Education of The Philippines (CHED); Professor Danilo L. Concepcion, President, University of the Philippines; Professor Lim Cher Ping, Chair Professor of Learning Technologies and Innovation, The Education University of Hong Kong; Professor Hyo-Jeong So, Director of the Center for Innovations in Education, EWHA Women’s University; and Ms Cathlea Barote, Chief People Officer, East-West Seed International Ltd, Thailand.

The programme culminated in a final session where all participants shared action plans to be implemented in their respective universities, optimising and operationalising the lessons learnt throughout the programme. We will remain in close contact with these institutions over the next two months, to hear how their actions plans drive positive change in their respective universities.

Director, Operations of The HEAD Foundation Mr Vignesh Naidu and participants at the programme's final day ceremonial awarding of certificates.

We are pleased to continue our long-standing partnership with SEARCA and look forward to future renditions of this programme that can positively impact more HEI leaders around Southeast Asia.

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Mr Ho Swee Huat

Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.