Mariwasa Siam Ceramics, Inc. a total home building solutions provider, recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the Batangas State University to strengthen the industry exposure of future members of the workforce by infusing industry-based skills into the curriculum, particularly Ceramics Engineering.
Under the industry-academe partnership, signed by Mariwasa President Jakkrit Suwansilp and Batangas State University President Dr. Tirso Ronquillo, the two parties shall promote a dynamic cooperation in the field of Ceramics Engineering, making it possible to cultivate talented and industry-trained graduates by providing hands-on training and real-life simulations to students.
The signing of the partnership, also witnessed by BatStateU Vice President for External Affairs and ICT Dr. Kristoffer Conrad M. Tejada and Mariwasa VP for Finance and Admin Emilie Maramag, also allows capability-building programs in order to infuse university know-how into the industry operations, while ensuring that students gain practical know-how, and apply theory to practice.
“I expect an active and dynamic collaboration between Mariwasa and Batangas State University with this Memorandum of Agreement, a partnership which we hope to nurture with our exchange of expertise and knowledge sharing,” said Suwansilp.
The agreement is also “devoted to the cultivation of talents with a solid foundation on the basic competencies, necessary experience in the professional training and practicum, and capability of adapting to the developments in the ceramics engineering industry.”
Covered in the MOA are the BatStateU faculty and students and Mariwasa staff and personnel, with the former developing the curriculum and outcomes of the academic program, from which the required student trainings and laboratory simulations shall emanate.
On the other hand, Mariwasa is tasked with identifying the capability training needs of its personnel and necessary support in its operations, from which the capability-building program and on-the-job training proposals shall emanate.
BatStateU is also expected to provide capability building trainings and transfer of university know-how for Mariwasa in relevant fields of expertise, assigning seasoned professors and resource persons and arranging lectures and presentations for the purpose, based on the training needs as may be provided by Mariwasa, while selecting students who shall be part of laboratory immersion and on-the-job training at Mariwasa, among others.
Mariwasa is also tasked to share with BatStateU its facilities for the purpose of laboratory and/or on-the-job training of students; conduct general orientation and briefing for students on Mariwasa policies and safety procedures; ensure that students are free from any form of abuse and or discrimination at the training venue at all times, and are safe through the provision of personal protective equipment as necessary, among others.
A pioneer in the construction industry, Mariwasa will be marking its 55th year in the business this June as a total home building solutions provider for Filipinos. It is the Philippines’ largest ceramic tile manufacturer, with products ranging from tiles and sanitary wares, to tile adhesive, skim coat, and other home and building solutions that are available at the leading home depots and tile stores nationwide.
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