DAVAO CITY- Homegrown Joji Ilagan International Schools is Asia Pacific Institute for Events Management’s (APIEMs) first research and education training center in events management in the Philippines. It was awarded by APIEM president Professor David Hind and vice president for education accreditation Dr. Karen Fernandez two weeks ago.
“Just two weeks ago we have the APIEM president professor David Hind and their vice president for education Dr. Karen Fernandez who awarded JIB International Schools as the first research and education training center in events management here in the Philippines accredited by APIEM UK,” said Nicole Hao Bian, vice president for education and chief executive officer of JIB International Schools in an interview.
APIEM brings together events industry employers and education providers who are committed to establishing high quality courses for students and events professionals who want to develop their skills and abilities to work in the global events industry. APIEM provides consultancy services to universities, colleges and training providers throughout the Asia Pacific region that want to develop curricula that meet the needs of the events industry. APIEM conducts research annually with senior events industry executives to identify the content of courses that will meet the needs of the events industry.
Hao-Bian said the Joji Ilagan International Schools have forged a partnership with APIEM in UK and has been working with them since 2017.
“Our schools have been accredited as an international center for excellence in events management. This means that our curriculum is following international standards, following specifically the UK occupational safety,” she said.
Events management include planning the event, prepare the event up until the organization and even assessed the risk management, provide facilities with people with disabilities-it’s a whole experience of an attendee of an event.
“Here in Davao we actually have many talented and skilful event organizers and learned event organizing through experience which is very good but then we want to elevate our industry considering that Davao is also being marketed now as the next MICE destination. With that we need to be ready and an international certificate would help our local organizers,” she said.
Now on its 37th year, the JIB international schools started in 1982 and events management program has also started way back as this has been part of the school’s bachelor’s degree in the tourism and hospitality management programs.
“It’s a course offered within our four- year- degree program,” Hao-Bian said.
The Joji Ilagan International Schools is recognized for developing the finest training and educational resources for the rapidly growing manpower needs and demands of industry with special focus in tourism and hospitality courses, contact centers (call center agents) training programs, welding and metal arc fabrication, and health and home management courses.
Working in partnership with business and industry partners since 1982, the school’s courses and programs are sought by the tourism and hotel industry, call center agents, welders fro shipping, mining and industrial sector an caregivers, home managers, and licensed practical nurses for overseas employment.
The school is a non-stock and non-profit educational foundation registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and is operating with government accreditation from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Education (DepEd), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).