The Continuing Mission of PHINMA Education – Manila Bulletin
Provide quality education to over 95,000 students in PH and Indonesia
After 18 years of pursuing its mission to improve lives through education, PHINMA Education has enrolled over 95,000 students in SY 21-22, resulting in a 79% increase in revenue, year over year. other. The organization, made up of ten schools in the Philippines and Indonesia, offers more than 110 programs spanning the entire educational chain and has a board exam pass rate of 75% for new enrollees.
“Only with an intimate understanding of the needs and aspirations of our underserved first-generation students can we improve their lives,” said PHINMA President and CEO Ramon R. del Rosario, Jr. during a press briefing on July 18. The majority of PHINMA Education students come from the bottom of the pyramid and are often the first in their families to enter university.
“Our students need a quality education now more than ever,” said Dr. Chito B. Salazar, President and CEO of PHINMA Education at the same briefing. He continued, “Because we were able to meet the needs of our market at a time when continuing their education was most difficult for them, we were able to grow our network to the largest it has ever been.”
Highest number of registrations in 18-year history
In SY 21-22, PHINMA Education welcomed 95,503 students, a 31% increase from 72,746 students in SY 2020-2021. According to Chief Financial Officer Daisy C. Montinola, the increased enrollment resulted in consolidated revenue of 3.79 billion pesos, a 79% year-over-year increase. The network attributes its success to its ability to ensure continued learning for its underserved students over the past two years, when they needed it most.
“PHINMA Education’s learning models are designed to meet students where they are in terms of resources and take them where they want to be,” said Chief Strategy Officer Trissa M. Menardo. “For our students, education not only uplifts them and their families, but entire communities. We are proud to say that even throughout the pandemic, 71% of our graduates were able to land their first job within a year. »
Learning strategies that meet student needs
Launched in 2020, Flex Learning and Remote and Distance (RaD) Learning both rely on print materials and strong teacher and peer support through mobile data. The former will allow students to return to school once regulations permit, while the latter will be entirely at home. Because the majority of his students couldn’t afford to be online, he partnered with Globe and PLDT Smart to provide students with mobile data every month.
“Our students want to learn, no matter what. Their perseverance in the face of so many challenges inspires us to serve them better,” Menardo explained.
In SY 22-23, Flex Learning will move to a 2-4 system of 2 days of in-person classes and 4 days of distance and independent learning. It will distribute face-to-face classes for students throughout the week to meet minimum public health standards. Students and their teachers will be assigned to a single shift to limit the number of people inside the campus. Stand-alone modules, alternative assessments, simplified instructions and, above all, remote coaching will be maintained for Flex Learning and RaDLearning.
Efficient and sustainable operations across all campuses
“Our students are more employable and our systems are more sustainable thanks to our strategies and experiences of rapid growth and expansion over the past 18 years,” said Dr. Raymundo P. Reyes, Country Leader for the Philippines . PHINMA Education’s most recent acquisition is PHINMA Union College of Laguna (UCL), the second in its growing network of Laguna schools.
Construction is also in full swing to accommodate an even larger number of students. It recently opened the San Jose campus of PHINMA Araullo University (PHINMA AU) and acquired new land at PHINMA University Pangasinan (PHINMA UPang) which will house a seven-story building with a rooftop terrace. It is also constructing a building at PHINMA Rizal College of Laguna (PHINMA RCL) and a new PHINMA Cagayan de Oro College (PHINMA COC) campus in Iligan City. And to enhance its dentistry program, Southwestern University PHINMA (SWU PHINMA) is about to open its new dentistry building.
Dr. Reyes explained that to ensure the sustainability of his growing number of schools, he has institutionalized an Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) policy across all of his campuses. All schools now have materials recovery facilities (MRFs) and green technologies, including solar panels, rainwater catchment systems, gray water facilities and sewage treatment plants.
Global movement serving the underserved
Continuing in line to serve the underserved market, in January 2021, PHINMA Education led the first [email protected]: A global alliance conference, bringing together education industry experts from several countries, including South Africa, India, Australia, Finland and the Philippines, to tackle the growing education gap , helping marginalized students cope with the pandemic, and using technology to provide solutions for marginalized education.
Dr. Salazar noted that PHINMA Education is working with public and private sector partners, across Southeast Asia and around the world, to reach as many underserved students as possible. “We are honored and inspired by the trust our students have placed in us. We will continue to invest in our faculty, improve our systems, and meet the changing needs of all kinds of learners. We hope that one day, not only will the lives of every student and graduate improve, but they will also be able to improve the lives of others,” he concluded.
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