Deans attend International Conference on Business and Communication
With this year’s theme “Business, Tourism, and Identity in the ASEAN Economic Community”, the 4th International Conference on Business and Communication was held last 27-28 November 2015 at the Miriam College, Quezon City. The conference theme highlighted the impact of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) on ASEAN countries and the various factors that can help and hinder the business and tourism industry in the ASEAN countries after the implementation of AEC.
The assembly was keynoted by Honorary Consul General Robert Lim Joseph, founder of the National Association of Independent Travel Agencies, Tourism Educators and Movers Philippines. Consul Joseph highlighted the current landscape of tourism business in the region emphasizing on the potentials of the Philippines relative to the other ASEAN members.
In the context of English communication in business, a Regional English Language Officer (RELO) of the US Embassy talked on the role of the United States Department of State in enhancing language teaching and learning in the East Asia Pacific Region. RELO Whitney C. Mirts stressed that through the US Embassy Public Affairs Office, support programs and projects can be made available to whoever may have the right proposal to access them. An example of an active program now is the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEAL) which is a Barak Obama signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia.
The rest of the conference was filled with resource talks from foreign guest speakers coming from Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia, Payap University of Thailand, Bangkok University and local institutions. Complementing the talk forum were student workshop on innovation and activity exhibits.
Representing St. Scholastica’s College were Dean of College Remedios Ching and Dean Ramon R. Mañalac of the School of Business.
By Ramon R. Manalac, Dean, School of Business