Global Education Learning Series: Building Industry and Higher Ed Engagement for Economic Growth
Strengthening higher education institutions’ capacity for workforce development and innovation is a key step in making them a driver of inclusive economic growth. But this can only be realized when strong partnerships with industry are developed in a purposeful, systematic manner, within the context of an ecosystem that encourages these partnerships.
In the Philippines, the Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) program has been implementing a suite of activities since 2013 that allows for a greater flow of information and interaction between government, industry, and academia. This includes the development and establishment of targeted small research grants mechanisms, Professional Science Master programs, Career Center initiatives, and Knowledge and Technology Transfer Offices. This session discussed the context, the process, the mechanisms, and the outcomes of that work.
This event was part of the Global Education Learning Series.
Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) Program
2014 Philippine Innovation Ecosystem Assessment
2019 Philippine Innovation Ecosystem Assessment Update
Building Higher Education for Growth and Innovation in the Asia-Pacific Region
USAID Higher Education Learning Agenda
Online Higher Education Learning Module
Driving Economic Growth Through an Education and Industry Partnership
Mir Shariff Tillah
Mir Tillah is USAID/Philippines’ Senior Education Advisor. He is the Mission’s Higher Education Project lead, and manages the $36-million Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) program, the Mission’s flagship higher education project; YouthWorks PH, a $5-million Global Development Alliance with the local private sector that works to provide work-based training for youth; and the recently-launched, $37.5 million Opportunity 2.0 which works to strengthen national and local systems for alternative learning, life skills, and employment for out-of-school youth.
Prior to joining the Agency in 2008, he worked in government, civil society, and academia. He spent more than a decade teaching and doing research on governance and development at the Institute of Political Economy of the University of Asia and the Pacific. His research and publications are on public policy, civic education and democracy, the Mindanao conflict, and local governance. He was the former research director of the Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy, and the founding president of the Philippine Center for Civic Education and Democracy, a non-governmental organization.
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