Updated: October 14, 2013
I have been quite busy recently so please let me just share with you today an article submitted to me a few days back.
This post comes from an American student currently enrolled in the University of the Philippines’ Open University program.
In it, he shares some information regarding UPOU and how such programs are helping many people save money on their education.
I hope you can take the time to read through this interesting piece by Richard. Thanks.
When looking for the right higher education school in the Philippines, it is necessary to compare online university reviews. The Philippines more than America, even though their culture and law is based off America, seems to embrace online learning.
As an American it could very well be quite a bit less expensive to choose a Philippines online program versus an American online program, because of the differences in cost of living and educational expenses. Plus, finance is huge there, so if your considering a finance degree or an accounting degrees online, it could really be a great option.
While there are only about six schools in the Philippines currently offering distance learning programs – one of them, University of the Philippines, has its distance learning portion called the University of Philippines Open School (better referred to as UPOU). The chance to be able to study in the Philippines without traveling there saves you the traveling costs, the room and board, and passport fees. You would have the chance to learn about another country, experience the people, and even speak with natives.
In 2011, they recently announced the addition of five more distance learning programs: Bachelor of Education Studies, Diploma in International Health, Diploma in Land Valuation and Management, Master of International Health, and Master of Land Valuation and Management. Through the release of more and more programs in such a short amount of time, the Filipinos are offering the distance learning to natives as well as for those oversee.
First and foremost, UPOU program’s overall mission is to reach out to Filipinos who would not consider education before in the first place including those in remote areas and those working one or several jobs. To reach those in underlying areas, the University of Philippines have partnered with various government entities in Laguna and Cebu to get those living in the countryside access to equality education. UPOU has also taken it upon them to partner with traditional schools in other parts of Asia to formulate an Asian studies degree to be released sometime in the future for the global student.
With the release of the Asian Studies degree, an American could potentially save thousands of dollars, get to travel to the Philippines, and learn about neighboring Asian countries with the fraction of the price of studying abroad in a traditional setting.
Unfortunately in America, although online schools profess that getting an education online is often affordable and easy, it seems that those seeking an online education are often privileged and just trying to get their degree as fast as possible.
In the Philippines, it’s about getting the highest quality education and the type of degree the distance learner is looking for. The UPOU Chancellor, Dr. Grace Javier Alfonso knows that Filipinos are not looking for a fast degree, but a different learning style Alfonso has said: “Students are now called learners and education is now participatory, not just one-way. The teacher and learner are co-creators of texts and new concepts. If our educational system does not respond to the changing times and if our students have a different way of thinking, we will definitely be left out.”
Whereas in America, it seems that online schools and online degree programs sometimes try to get Americans to change for the school setting, rather than creating programs that cannot be unmatched. Americans can engage in unique programs in an Asian land, without having to learn a new language or study abroad.
The Filipino school has even worked with their in-house faculty and outside adjuncts to give students easy access to online tutorials as they complete their distance learn. There is no question that American online schools could learn a thing or two from the Filipino higher education institutions. But in either case, whether an American chooses to attend an American online school or a Filipino distance learning program, all future graduates need to consider these pieces of information: they need to check to see whether their online/distance program is accredited through the National Education Association.
They need to speak with an online admission counselor to inquire about the school’s student teacher support systems that are in place. A prospective student needs to read all the program descriptions from each school. The student needs to read testimonies of students’ experiences with the online program of choice. If a perspective student can visit a physical campus associated with the online school, they need to arrange for such a visit. And last but not least, the student needs to inquire about program length and required credit hours, and the average length of completion for the particular program of interest.
Checking out all of these components besides viewing online university reviews for online/distance learning programs will save both Americans a lot of money and stress that study-abroad programs create for university students.
This article was written by Richard Cheah, an Asian Studies student of UPOU.
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