As an institution that has valued the English language as one of the gauges of global competitiveness, Letran – Manila takes it up a notch by partnering with Hopkins International Partners, Inc., a known testing and certification organization.
Hopkins, as stated in its website, is the sole authorized Philippine representative of the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), a recognized global standard for measuring English language proficiency that has its roots in Princeton, New Jersey.
Assoc. Prof. Ma. Eunice Areola, PhD, HSG, the dean of the Letran Graduate School, spearheaded the initiative.
“The Graduate School will be the coordinating arm of the training,” she said after the Memorandum of Agreement signing last September 8 at the Rector’s Hall. She explained that the training is, for the mean time, available to Senior High School students, as well those taking up post graduate studies.
According to Areola, as per the intent of Assoc. Prof. Cristina Castro-Cabral, PhD, the vice president for Academic Affairs, who was present during the MOA signing, the English proficiency examination will, in time, be open to the collegiate level and to Bataan, Calamba, and Manaoag.
While the partnership is still in its early stages, the seed had been planted even a year back, when Hopkins tested a selection of students from the CBAA.
“When I was the dean of the CBAA (College of Business Administration and Accountancy), I had already been looking for a way by which to give capacity to our students in the area of communication,” Areola said. “I wanted to find partners that can help our students augment what they learn in class to what can be benchmarked in the industry.”
Hopkins was represented by its general manager, Rex Wallen Tan, during the signing.
The new partnership is set to last until September of next year.