MANILA – ABS-CBN Corp has donated an interdisciplinary hub to the Ateneo de Manila University, a new approach to learning that aims to better prepare students for the digital world.
The new space, which is part of the newly-constructed Areté building, is like a "factory" where students from all disciplines can harness their creativity, said Ateneo president Jose Ramon Villarin.
"It’s an experiment in reinventing the way we teach," Villarin told ABS-CBN News.
Villarin stressed the importance of an interdisciplinary approach for students to be able to thrive in the digital economy.
"Sa edukasyon, usually may major ka, nasa isang department ka lang… Iba na ngayon eh," Villarin said.
(In education, you usually major in something, you are restricted to one department. Now, it's different.)
Villarin presented ABS-CBN Chairman Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III with a replica of the Immaculate Conception statue of the Ateneo Municipal in Intramuros, Manila as a token of appreciation from the Ateneo community.
Lopez said he recognizes Ateneo’s vision "to nurture the spirit of innovation and creativity," which is shared by ABS-CBN, the country's largest media and entertainment company.
"The educational institutions where we all come from are not creating skill sets that we need to compete in a digital environment that we’re all moving into," Lopez said.
As a businessman, Lopez said he wants employees to possess certain skill sets.
"In the analog world, you went to school and learned certain skills. Then you went to work, used those skills, and became successful. Well, today’s world is very, very different. You have to be constantly learning… The skills we’re learning today are no longer relevant tomorrow," he said.
In 2012, Ateneo tied up with ABS-CBN to construct the Eugenio Lopez Jr. Center for Multimedia Communication inside the campus.
The center is named after Lopez’s father, Eugenio "Geny" Lopez Jr., who is also the founder of ABS-CBN.