Ayala Education has partnered with Arellano University to offer a junior college program in the latter’s Pasig campus starting June this year.
In ceremonies held at the Arellano Pasig campus, LINC@Arellano junior college program (LINC@Arellano) was formally launched with Ayala Education CEO Fred Ayala, Arellano Chairman & CEO Francisco P. V. Cayco, officials from Arellano and the local government, teachers and staff, and hundreds of students in attendance.
LINC@Arellano is open to all Grade 10 graduates and is an early implementation of the Department of Education’s K to 12 Senior High School Program. LINC stands for Learning with Industry Collaboration.
Said Fred Ayala, “Ayala Education aims to deliver high quality, affordable education that can significantly enhance the career potential of students, by equipping them with practical skills through programs designed in close partnership with prospective employers.”
Through LINC, he added, students would be prepared to pursue a college degree while also being ready to enter the workforce through an entry-level job.
Cayco underscored the importance of “bridging the gap” between academic curriculum and industry needs. “The partnership with Ayala Education through LINC is one of the biggest opportunities afforded Arellano University. What this program can do is open the doors for all the students as far as opportunities in the field of accountancy and business management are concerned,” said Cayco.
Ayala Education, a unit of Ayala Corporation, sought a partnership with a recognized leader in the academe such as Arellano, which was founded in 1938 and is one of the largest universities in the country with over 30,000 students.
LINC is the Ayala conglomerate’s second venture into education. The group earlier teamed up with the UK-based Pearson, the world’s largest education provider, to roll out starting last year a chain of private high schools in Metro Manila under the new brand Affordable Private Education Center (APEC) Inc.