Fifteen (15) State University Presidents with top performing Engineering programs have embarked on a five-day academic visit in various universities in Japan from January 23 to 27, 2017 to learn the kaizen (the Japanese practice of continuous improvement) of Engineering Education Management. This is the first of the expected series of academic visits as part of the Philippine Higher Education Career System (PhilHECS) under the Presidential Leadership Program of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).


The visit to Japan is the first international academic visit initiated by CHED through an Official Development Assistance (ODA) technical partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The visit aimed to enable participants to assess their knowledge on industrial human resources development, update the participants’ leadership skills, and develop possible partnerships with institutions in Japan.


The delegation was headed by Commissioner Alex B. Brillantes, Jr. who served as the Faculty-in-Charge together with Deputy Executive Director Napoleon B. Imperial, and Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) Senior Vice President Magdalena L. Mendoza.


State University Presidents together with Commissioner Alex B. Brillantes, Jr. (front row, middle), Deputy Executive Director Napoleon B. Imperial (back row, first from right), and National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies President Takashi Shiraishi (front row, second from left)

The itinerary of the delegation included a visit to the Toyohashi University of Technology and the Institute of Technologists, lectures and workshops on phronetic leadership and knowledge-based management at the National Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), and a briefing at the headquarters of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO).

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State University Presidents Learn the Kaizen of Engineering Education Management