Over 70 faculty from 38 of Smart’s partner schools under the Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program (SWEEP) recently attended a technology seminar that gave them an in-depth view of the current technologies now being deployed by the country’s leading wireless services provider to provide wireless communication services.
The teachers, who handle Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) and Information Technology (IT) subjects, appreciated the technology update, saying it now enables them to discuss mobile technologies and network concerns from a more realistic standpoint since they were able to experience it firsthand.
“We need to be updated from time to time because even while references are updated periodically, it’s not fast enough to keep pace with the developments in technology,” said Engr. Leah Talusig, an instructor at the University of Baguio.
“I can enhance my lectures on wireless and digital communications with actual examples learned through the technology seminar,” added Idris Jeffrey Manguera, an instructor at the Tarlac State University.
Engr. Janice Fallurin, a full-time instructor at the Batangas State University, said she feels better equipped to teach the network system “because I have seen the actual, and my lecture will not just be based on what I have read.”
Among the topics discussed were Smart’s technology roadmap, Core Network, Access Network and Access Network. The participants were also given a tour of a Smart network facility, then the Jump Experience Center at the Cyberzone at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.
Ferdinand Gabriel, an ECE laboratory administrator at the University of the Cordilleras, expressed hope that students would also be included in future technology updates, saying that they would particularly enjoy the tour of Jump, which features the latest in the world of communications and connectivity powered by the converged services of PLDT and Smart.
The technology seminar is part of the continuing education component of SWEEP, an industry-academe partnership launched in 2003 that seeks to help raise the level of technology and engineering education in the country, particularly in the field of ECE.