Participation to USAID STRIDE Knowledge Transfer Technology Support Office (KTTO) Development Program

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The United State Agency International Development through STRIDE program held the Knowledge Transfer Technology Support Office Capacity Building program last January 18-20, 2017 at Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City. The event was attended by 40 different State Universities and Colleges all over the Philippines.

 The Science, Research, and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) program is a five-year 1.3 billion initiative by the United States Agency for Development (USAID) that will spur inclusive economic growth by boosting science and technology research. It is the flagship of the U.S.-Philippines Partnership for Growth (PFG) which promotes inclusive economic growth. The PFG reflects the commitment of both governments to address the most serious constraints to economic growth and development in the country, and strives to move the Philippines from a low growth path to a higher, sustained and more inclusive growth trajectory. In this regard, the KTTO was build which serves as the interface between the talent and technology housed in the academic institute and the broader community. As the conduit for connection and collaboration, KTTOs facilitate new relationships and partnerships resulting in research and technology development that fuels the local, regional, and national economies.

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A panel discussion with the first 5 universities who have undergone the series of training with USAID-STRIDE shared their experiences during the course. This universities were the De LaSalle University which was represented by Atty. Christopher E. Cruz, the ITSO manager, a university legal counsel and also an Assistant Professor of the Commercial Law Department in the said university. Another one was Carmelo V. Ambut, the Vice president for Research and Extension of the Iloilo Science and Technology University. Together with them was Marietta Esperanza P. Cruz, general manager, Intellectual Property Unit-ITSO and head of Technology Application and Promotion (TAPU) of Mindanao State University. And the director of research and also the ITSO manager in their university Dr. Danilo B. Lagro from the University of San Carlos. The panel was given a series of questions to what best practices they have done in their office adopting the KTTO idea and how they built their bridge to the community and also to the industries.

Another set of panel was interviewed after the introduction to KTTO workbook. These were Mr. Michael Jorge N. Peralta, ITSO Manager of the  University of Sto. Tomas, Ms. Ma. Gracia Corazon S. Cayanan, an industry liaison officer of the Technological Institute of the Philippines, Ms. Milyn C. Leghid the ITSO Manager of the University of the Philippines Visayas, Dr. Jonathan Winston L. Salvacion, ITSO-Mapua KTTO Manager, of the Mapua Institute of Technology and Professor Prency D. Yerro, the ITSO Manager of West Visayas State University. The same set of question was given to the panel and after that the other participant was given the chance to ask questions to them. The activity was ended with the survey question to be answered online by each participating universities.

A rapid discussion on the KTTO guide which was broken down into five modules that will move through planning, operationalizing, learning, connecting and doing on the KTTO module overview. The planning and operationalizing steps focuses on setting the internal policies and procedures, which prepares for external engagement. The learning step bridges internal and external, helping you set the stage for reaching out external stakeholders and potential partners. The connecting and doing stages move the focus externally, helping you connect with private-sector partners and community members learn how to transition technologies from the lab to market through Lean Start-up methodologies. Multiple topics will be covered in each module with each module building on the prior. In the planning module each participants were given 5 minutes to draft the mission, vision and target anchored to the existing mission and vision of their respective universities. A health break took place for ten minutes, then a break out session dividing the house into three group which aims to prioritize the module.

It was summed up with the plan module and the action plan that each universities must do along the course to be able to achieve the goals which leads in engaging in the industries to produce more jobs and to cultivate the knowledge of the academe to have a globally competitive  graduates for economic growth.