P&A Grant Thornton Chair and CEO Marivic Espano (second from left) receives the certificate of Appreciation from Dr. Sergio Cao (extreme left).
P&A Grant Thornton Chair and CEO Marivic Espano said the academe should institutionalize partnerships with industry for curriculum design, practical training, and work experience to improve competencies of accounting graduates.
“In order to understand where the gap is, we probed into what employees needed. The results indicated that technical knowledge is there but what we need to improve on is the way teaching is delivered to the students,” Espano said.
“To foster the development of skills needed by the industry, academe should institutionalize partnerships with industry for curriculum design, practical training, and work experience,” she added.
She spoke about the ‘Market Gap’ analysis on disparity of competencies of accounting graduates in relation to competencies of demand.
The event is designed to bring together people from academe and other sectors to discuss and interact to better understand timely issues and arrive at informed resolutions of common concerns.
Also awarded were Dr. Winston Padojinog (3rd from left), President of University of Asia and the Pacific; Mr. Francisco Sebastian, Vice Chairman of Metrobank and, Dr. Ben Paul Gutierrez, Dean of Cesar EA Virata School of Business, University of the Philippines.