IDEA Visiting Professors Program
Building tech-based entrepreneurship platforms and initiatives can be a daunting task for any university. We support this process by connecting Philippine universities with experienced practitioners from renowned US entrepreneurship programs.
US professors spend between one week to three months working with their counterpart's leadership, faculty and students to analyze their existing programs and make recommendations for improvement. During their visit, they may also elect to deliver workshops and seminars on particular entrepreneurship subjects.
We have found that Filipino host universities are extremely eager to hear the visiting professors' recommendations. Many of the professors have returned to their host universities the following year to find that their recommendations have been wholly adopted. Often, visiting professors sign a Memorandum of Understanding between their host university and their corresponding school for future collaboration.
Participants in this program have hailed from various universities, including Case Western Reserve, Texas A&M, Cornell, University of Houston, University of Florida, and Penn State University.
Due, in part, to the success of this program, the Commission for Higher Education has set a path to require all engineering colleges to include basic technopreneurship as a required course in their curricula by 2018.