‘Looking in, reaching out’

I have indicated as my vision for the University of the Philippines Virata School of Business (UPVSB) that it shall be the foremost learning institution in the area of business, accountancy and related disciplines, reaching out to its constituents and stakeholders in the Philippines and the rest of the world.

I have presented my plans for attaining this vision during the selection process that culminated in my being appointed as the dean of the VSB on October 11, 2019. These plans emanate from my insights derived from my four decades of experience in the government, private, practice and academic sectors. I had several major leadership roles in the course of my career, including Commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, the Chairman of the Professional Regulatory Board of Accountancy; Partner in the professional accounting firms SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co.and the Reyes Tacandong & Co.; and the learning and/or training director of several institutions. In all of these stints, I have made an impact with the innovative and comprehensive programs and activities that I have pursued, including the “Making the Public Know” initiative in the BIR; the “Expanding Horizons” program of the BOA, the “Market Circle ”programs in SGV and the “Work Smarter Live Smarter” and “Win-win Engagements” in RT.

Since the time I prepared the plans about three months ago and after more subsequent consultations with various stakeholders, I have revised the “Looking in, reaching out” plans as follows:

  1. Stakeholder Consultation and Feedback

                a. Online survey

                b. Polls

                c. Focus Group discussions

                d. Constitute an Advisory board of former VSB deans

2. Plans and programs for the school facilities, including the building infrastructure and learning resources

                a. Formulate mission, vision, strategic plan and digital transformation road map.

                b. Undergo an organizational and structural review.

                c. Improve the physical infrastructure and facilities, including the maximum usage of the fourth and fifth floors.

                d. Acquire a Digital Learning and Teaching Solutions and subscription to E-Library and publications as part of Library collection, including
cosharing arrangement with
libraries of other schools.

                e. Create a modern Business practice learning laboratory.

                f. Establish a Dean’s dash board.

                g. Develop an electronic Document Tracking and Filing system.

                h. Prepare a Manuals of procedures.

                i. Acquire a shuttle vehicle.

                j. Build a House of VSB with a Museum.

3. Plans and programs for academic program and course development

                a. Review of academic courses and curriculum

                                i. That caters to the demand and requirements of industry.

                                ii. That focuses on globalization, innovation, effective business communication, governance and
ethics, regulatory compliance.

                b. Develop new and innovative academic or learning offerings

                                i. Offering of VSB alone or jointly with other colleges.

                                ii. Collaboration with local and global partners.

                                iii. Graduate programs
(Masters/Doctoral in Accountancy, Data Analytics/Science, Tax

                                iv. Invigorated Executive Development Program and Training.

4. Plans and program for faculty and administrative staff development and compensation

                a. Enhance existing grants on professorial chair, faculty exchange, support for completion of Doctoral program, book publication recruitment.

                b. Pioneer programs on industry immersion and industry and academic team teaching.

                c. Promote expertise sharing with corporate entities (Board membership, advisory, regulatory compliance).

                d. Hold trainings on effective teaching methodologies.

To be continued

Joel L. Tan-Torres is a certified public accountant who placed No. 1 in the May 1979 CPA Board Examinations. He is the dean of the University of the Philippines Virata School of Business . He was the former commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue from 2009 to 2010, the chairman of the Professional Regulatory Board of Accountancy from 2014 to August 2018 and a partner of Reyes Tacandong & Co., CPA, from 2011 to 2019.

This column accepts contributions from accountants, especially articles that are of interest to the accountancy profession, in particular, and to the business community, in general. These can be e-mailed to boa.secretariat.@gmail.com


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