Matching Provincial Development Needs with Higher Educational Programs in Zamboanga del Norte

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Authors : Ninfa B. Pangilinan, Evelyn R. Campiseño


 This study aimed to look into the provincial development needs vis-à-vis the current educational programs of the Higher Educational Institutions in Zamboanga del Norte during the calendar year 2011. The study revealed that the top priority development needs of Zamboanga del Norte were economic, environmental, and infrastructure development aspects, while the top most offered program among the HEIs of the province were on teacher Education, Nursing, and Allied Health. The study revealed further that program offerings of HEIs did not directly meet the provincial development needs of the province. The study concludes that the development needs and program offerings do not match. It is recommended that the HEIs offer programs that directly respond to the development needs of the province. Training institutions should link with the provincial government to be able to identify the HEIs’ programs for offering and the necessary training to be conducted while the students are still in school. Moreover, higher education institutions amalgamate program offerings and settle on their expertise and capabilities based on their respective charter.

KEYWORDS AND PHRASES: Provincial development needs, Current HEIs programs, Zamboanga del Norte


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