Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan (Xavier Ateneo) and Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), through their respective Economics departments, sealed an agreement to strengthen graduate learning on economics in Mindanao.
Xavier Ateneo is the only Higher Education Institution (HEI) in Mindanao that offers both an undergraduate and graduate programs in Economics. As proposed in 2020, AdMU will offer a PhD in Economics offsite program to be housed in Xavier Ateneo. An offsite scheme provides an opportunity for potential graduate students in Economics from Mindanao to avail an Ateneo education, right at the heart of CDO as students will be officially enrolled under AdMU but classes are to be conducted at Xavier Ateneo.
Part of the MOU is to develop Xavier Ateneo’s Master of Arts in Economics program, as its students are eyed to be potential enrollees in the PhD in Economics offsite program. There will be regular and certificate classes for both teachers and practitioners in Economics. Subjects are to be taught by faculty members of Xavier Ateneo and AdMU.
For the first semester of this school year, four regular and certificate subjects are being offered. All four are to be facilitated in mixed classes. Research Methods in Economics and Microeconomics are scheduled every weekday. Dr Catherine Roween C Almaden, dean of the XU Graduate School, is handling Research Methods. While junior faculty of Xavier Ateneo Economics, Jhon Louie B Sabal, is teaching Microeconomics.
Macroeconomics and Mathematical Economics, on the other hand, will be recited in the modular set-up as AdMU professors are teaching these subjects. Dr Rosalina Palanca-Tan, senior faculty of AdMU Economics, is scheduled to facilitate her face-to-face lecture on August 19-23 and September 16-20. Dr Philip Arnold P Tuano, chairperson of AdMU Economics, will conduct his lecture classes on October 7-11 and 28-30.