Philippine Normal University (PNU) officials, led by Officer-In-Charge Dr. Maria Antoinette C. Montealegre, attended the 8th Meeting of Presidents of the Association of Southeast Asian Teacher Education Network (AsTEN) held at the Kolej Universiti Perguruan Ugama Seri Begawan (Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College) in Bandar Seri Begawan on 03 October 2018. She was accompanied by Research Center for Teacher Quality Director Dr. Gina O. Gonong, AsTEN Executive Director Dr. Maria Elvira A. Asuan, and AsTEN Technical Assistant John Carlo M. Ramos.
AsTEN is a network of premier teacher education institutions in the ASEAN region where members work together to address issues, challenges and concerns relevant to teacher education programs, practices and policies. The network also serves as a vehicle for collaboration in both academic and research endeavors within and across member-institutions in the ASEAN region.
The highlights of the 8th AsTEN Presidents Meeting included discussions on quality assurance of teacher education institutions (TEIs) in ASEAN, student teacher exchange programs, and planned initiatives for 2019-2020, among others.
“The Philippines places a premium on quality teacher education and it is important to strengthen the programs of the relevant institutions in ASEAN,” said Montealegre.
In an earlier meeting, Philippine Embassy Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) Pete Raymond V. Delfin discussed with Dr. Montealegre the Filipino Language and Cultural Enrichment Program (FLCEP) being conducted for Filipino students in Brunei. “The FLCEP prepares the students for college in the Philippines and helps ensure that they won’t be required to take remedial classes in Filipino,” CDA Delfin said.
Dr. Montealegre, on the other hand, conveyed that PNU is one of the Partner Agencies of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the implementation of the “Sa Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma’am at Sir” (SPIMS) program which prepares migrant workers who are planning to enter the teaching profession in the Philippines. She added that PNU is ready to partner with the Embassy in the conduct of professional licensure examinations for Overseas Filipinos in Brunei.
Aside from PNU, other ASEAN Universities which attended the 8th AsTEN Presidents Meeting included Singapore’s National Institute of Education (Chair); Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia; National University of Laos; Malaysia’s Universiti Perguruan Sultan Idris; Yangon University of Education; Thailand’s Kasetsart University; and Vietnam’s Universiti of Social Sciences and Humanities. END