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Southville International Schools and Colleges (SISC) launches 23 initiatives to further raise the academic


Character, competence, commitment to achieve, collaboration and creativity – these have always been

the values and principles that guided the Las-Pinas-based Southville International Schools and Colleges

(SISC) in its more than twenty years of developing leaders and achievers who will excel in the global

arena, as well as in the Philippines.

SISC raises the bar higher with 23 solid initiatives for the current academic year of 2013-2014, all of

which are designed to ensure that all aspects of its educational thrust are more than competitive

internationally, preparing their graduates for the challenges that await them in the business sectors

around the world. These initiatives delve into the continuing evolution and development of the

curriculum, to make it increasingly industry-based and industry-relevant; emphasis on research;

multi-cultural exposure; technological expertise and upgrading; financial literacy and exposure to

entrepreneurship; as well as social and networking skills.

“SISC has always believed in a holistic education that prepares our students for the new and challenging

horizon outside the academic halls once they graduate,” says SISC president Dr. Marl Ferenal. “Our

curriculum is British-based and emphasizes critical thinking, independent research, familiarity with the

business world, and entrepreneurial resourcefulness and adaptability. While we develop our students’

intellectual capabilities, we also ensure that their ability to socialize and connect emotionally with other

people is also enhanced. We also encourage them to always open their minds to the changes brought

by technology. Ours is a fast constantly changing world – and our students are taught to embrace

change and make it work for them, instead of fearing it.”

First among the 21 initiatives are two Co-Curricular Leadership Programs that expand the students’

awareness of the economic, cultural and social realities in other countries and train them how to deal

and relate with citizens of other countries; these Programs have been developed in partnership with The

Asian Federation of Student Leaders and the Duke of Edinburgh. To prepare them for higher studies,

the initiatives emphasize the intense Research Quest; a College Online Review; and Advance Learning

Programs that immerse them in the creation of their own personal vision while aligning it with SISC’s.

Technology and business

An eye and understanding of the future is another perspective that the initiatives will develop in the

students’, as well as infusing them with the skills necessary to make waves and succeed in that future.

IT programs will show and teach them current trends in technology, and robotics will be given special

focus. The initiative “Technology in the Classroom” is intended to make the students savvy and skilled in

wielding present technology to adopt to their current needs.

The initiatives will also focus on money matters, inculcating within the students prior to even entering

college the value of finances, the importance of savings, and the paramount advantage one has in

learning how to grow it. SISC students are expected to handle their money wisely and see it not

as merely as tools for spending but for creating new businesses that will support the economy and

employment. The initiatives will have new programs that will deal with financial literacy, business,

entrepreneurship, and investments.

The students’ abilities to connect and network with people on business, social, and personal levels

will receive a boost with programs that develop their emotional quotient. They will be encouraged to

develop linkages with other SISC members aside from their classmates – these would be their parents,

alumni, and other institutions. While social media has become a constant in their lives, the initiatives

will teach the students how to use their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other accounts to enrich

their studies and develop their academic and professional portfolio.

“Let’s not forget the values,” Dr. Feranal adds. “Skills, abilities and technologies are the tools, but

what’s more important are the principles and ideals that shape a student’s behaviour and drive him to

make a significant impact in society. Our initiatives will also foster espirit de corps, community service,

professional decorum, and a passion for excellence.”

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