Professional Institution

Professional Institutions contribute to nation building by providing educational experiences to develop technical knowledge and skills at the graduate and undergraduate levels, which lead to professional practice, e.g., Engineering, Medicine, Law, IT, Management, Teacher Education, Maritime Education.

Professional Institutions develop adults who will have the technical and practical know-how to staff the various professional sectors that are required to sustain the economic and social development of the country and the rest of the world, as well as to contribute to innovation in their respective areas. 

Given the nature of the Philippine economy and the competencies that are needed to make it more competitive, as well as the current trends in the labor market, the country needs a good number of excellent professional institutions.

In order to attain its mandate of developing technical knowledge and skills that lead to professional practice, Professional Institutions should have:
 Full-time faculty members who have the relevant degrees, as well as professional licenses and/or professional experience in the subject areas they handle;
 Degree programs in professional fields that develop graduates with specialized skills;
 Learning resources and support structures that are appropriate for developing professional knowledge and skills, including laboratories, practicum sites or internship programs, linkages with the relevant professional sectors, etc.;
 Sustained program linkages with relevant industries, professional groups, and organizations that support the professional development programs; and
 Outreach programs involving all students in social-development oriented experiences that allow them to develop the service orientation in their professions.

They are operationally defined as follows:
1. At least 70% of the enrollment (graduate and undergraduate levels) is in degree programs in the various professional areas1.
2. At least 60% of the academic degree program offerings are in the various professional areas1 and have active enrollees.
3. There should be a core of permanent faculty members, with at least 50% of full time permanent faculty members having the relevant degrees, as well as professional licenses (for licensed programs) and/or professional experience in the subject areas they handle. All other faculty should have the relevant degrees, professional licenses (for licensed programs), and/or professional experience in the subject areas they handle.
4. Learning resources and support structures are appropriate to the HEI’s technical or professional programs.
5. There are sustained program linkages with relevant industries, professional groups and organizations that support the professional development programs. Outreach programs develop in students a service orientation in their professions.

These minimum requirements for Professional Institutions should be reviewed by 2017, to see if these are responsive to the development needs of the country.
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