AMCHAM Delegate Echoes Experience and Learning to Faculty of Business
St. Scholastica College’s lone student delegate to the 13th Business Leadership Program (BLP) of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in the Philippines was tasked to share with the faculty of business her recent experience and learning from the program. Ms. Monica Luis-Ortiz, a 4th year IBEAD major is one of the thirty-one (31) top-notch students from the different colleges and universities in the country chosen to join the BLP. She underwent the leadership program last summer (April 2015). The experience enabled her to engage in discussions and interactions with renowned executives from the corporate members of the American Chamber of Commerce such as Mead Johnson Nutrition, Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corporation, Procter & Gamble, Chevron, among others.
In aid of curriculum improvement, the faculty of business was keen to hear from Ms. Luis-Ortiz relevant matters of concern that may be helpful in improving and enhancing curriculum and classroom pedagogy in the School. In her presentation, Monica highlighted the elation of mingling with corporate executives and learning from them practical insights on corporate management and business development. She observed that business executives generally assume that business students like her are readily conversant about business information technology and trends. In other group dynamics, business planning and cases analysis and presentations were most impactful educational encounters. She noted though that the business planning lesson is not covered extensively in some programs in the School of Business. Company planning is taught and applied in the context of the respective program discipline exclusively.
On classroom instruction, she feels that there should be more interaction and simulated hands-on applications of the lessons. While lecture method is not abhorred, the minimal use of it combined with more interactive exchanges and dynamics will be very beneficial to students’ learning and development.
The existing 6-unit practicum requirement in the curriculum is a welcome opportunity for the students to be exposed to the work place. It significantly helps in developing desirable human relations skills and self-confidence. Likewise, involvement in student organizations and leadership roles contribute well to students’ growth and development. As a whole, Monica is glad that she was able to bring together with her adequate training in good traits, Benedictine work values and academic competencies that enabled her to comfortably relate and socialize with co-delegates in the leadership program.
By Ramon R. Manalac, Dean, School of Business