Office Profile

     (Approve Res. No. 3576 s. 2005)

The emergence of the global knowledge economy has put a premium on learning throughout the world. Ideas and know-how as sources of economic growth and development, along with the application of new technologies, have important implications on how people learn and apply knowledge throughout their lives (Worldbank Report 2003).

The global knowledge economy also brought a flurry of activities in the world of academia. One seminar after another has been conducted to examine the potential impact of globalization on education. Output of such activities showed the importance for students to be competent in foreign languages. In view of the fact that a globalized world is characterized by international experience which is really crucial for employment and career, international skills should have a major part in every young person's school curriculum. However, not all universities around the world are prepared of the sudden changes brought about by trade liberalization and trans-border provisions on education. The gap between the current educational system and the needs of the industry and business is a blatant reality that higher educational institutions are facing today because the academe has inadequately provided business and industries with competent human resources.

To bridge the gap, students, professionals, adult learners, businessmen, leaders, entrepreneurs, and other key players of the development of the country are looking for institutions that offer short-term courses in foreign languages and cultural studies to enhance their language proficiency and to promote cultural awareness. This demand is manifested by the mushrooming of private language institutes in the Philippines that offer foreign language courses to students, professionals, adult learners, travelers, not to mention the increasing number of internet sites for learning foreign languages and the influx of learning materials such as books, magazines and audio-tapes and including the proliferation of private tutorial centers. Anyone  can easily find an advertisement promoting learning materials in English, Nihonggo, Mandarin, French, Bahasa, and Chinese in the newspapers as it appears on a whole section or at least on every other page of them; and fliers distributed by representatives of study centers, language centers, and tutorial centers that abound. There is in fact no need to read  advertisements with information designs about learning a foreign language as they are posted on television and internet websites and heard over radio networks. 

Aware of an immediate need for a work force proficient in foreign languages, a state university and a partner of the Philippine government to ensure that its graduates are globally competitive, the University of Southeastern Philippines, through the Office of the President, has established the Institute of Languages and Culture to address the necessity for society as a whole to recognize the value of foreign languages and to create an atmosphere and an environment in which foreign language learning is seen as vitally-important in enhancing the Philippines' human resource competitive advantage.

The Institute is now linked  with  the German   Embassy,  and  through   its  faculty, it  is constantly  liaising  with    the Goethe  Institute for  the former's  possible  accreditation  at some future  time.

As of now, the University is receiving referrals coming from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), from downtown universities and from friends of clients outside the country. 

Also, the  Institute of  Languages and Cultures, as a production  arm  of the University since 2006, has been tasked to take  care of  the instructional materials development thrusts  of the university. It works with selected and competent writers from the university's academic units  and liaises with the community  to advocate  and support  its mandate.

In brief,  the Institute  of  Languages  shall  be one of the University’s  icons  manifesting  the realization of  its vision,  that is, to grow  a globally-competitive Filipino citizenry.