Australia Inks Deal with DBM, Asia Pacific College on Government and Academe Scholarships

Carnegie Mellon University in Australia (CMU-A) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Philippine Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Asia Pacific College (APC) for postgraduate study opportunities of government and academe professionals at the university.

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely witnessed the MOU signing, which was led by CMU-A Head Prof. Emil Bolongaita, DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno, and Asia Pacific College Chairman Ramon Dimacali.

“We are pleased to expand our partnership that will provide tailored educational experiences for Filipinos and strengthen learning exchange between our countries,” said Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely.

Australia has a long standing partnership with DBM which has included collaboration to improve public financial system initiatives Since 2015, twenty-six DBM personnel have studied in Australia , through the Australia Awards Scholarships, to support the organisation’s change and reform initiatives.

Through the new partnership DBM employees will be able to enhance policy, regulation, and service delivery skills through CMU-A’s Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) and Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) programs.

“We aim to be one of the world's top budget institutions run by  high performing personnel and sustained by an effective succession plan. We are making this possible by cooperating with various outstanding institutions such as the CMU-A,” said Budget secretary Benjamin Diokno.

The  partnership between CMU-A and Asia Pacific College (APC) will also focus on the professional development of APC’s faculty and create meaningful linkages between academic peers.

According to APC’s chairman, Mr. Ramon Dimacali, the MOU will also focus on joint research and training activities and collaboration on design and delivery of courses on business intelligence, data analytics, security and digital transformation. “We shall jointly pursue funding opportunities, including the Australia Awards program of the Australian Government, as appropriate,” he added.

APC is borne out of the educational collaboration between IBM Philippines and SM Foundation. It is the training center of the country’s BPO industry and developed the IT-enabled curriculum for Senior High School. In 2017, CHED recognised APC as a Center of Development in Computer Engineering.

Carnegie Mellon University ranked number 1 in the School of Computer Science and number 1 in Information and Technology Management according to the 2014 and 2016 US News and World Report.


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