Baliuag University (BU) renewed its Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with The Manila Times College (TMTC), a well-known and recognized Journalism school in the country, on the Dual-Degree Program in Communication Arts and Journalism last March 11, 2016 at the University Hall. The MOA was signed by Dr. Patricia B. Lagunda, the President of Baliuag University, Dr. Estelita C. Joson, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences of BU, and Ms. Monica V. Ang, the Senior Executive Vice President of The Manila Times College.
The MOA signing was made more meaningful with the attendance of the BA Communication students together with their parents as the event also served as orientation on the Dual-Degree Program about which both parents and students excitedly raised questions and clarifications. Under the Dual-Degree Program, Baliuag University students taking Bachelor of Arts in Communication or Bachelor of Arts in English can also enroll at The Manila Times College and take Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. The students will have to take the courses or subjects common among the respective curriculum of the two institutions in BU and take a few remaining Journalism subjects in TMTC which are handled by top caliber Journalists. After four years, they will graduate with two Baccalaureate degrees- Bachelor of Arts in Communication or Bachelor of Arts in English from BU and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from TMTC.
The Dual-Degree Program will remarkably benefit BU students; not only because they will acquire additional knowledge as they pursue Journalism but primarily because, as dual degree graduates, it will boost their marketability and will certainly lead to more job opportunities and high employment rate for Communication students.
This partnership between BU and TMTC started three years back as the first MOA was signed on October 26, 2013 by then BU Executive Vice President Dr. Patricia B. Lagunda and TMTC President Dr. Isagani R. Cruz. As a matter of fact, six BU Communication students graduated from TMTC last June 2015. This summer of 2016, more than 20 students will enroll at the Manila Times College under the Dual-Degree Program.
Linkages such as this support and strengthen the University’s mission of providing students the best quality education as they are immersed in classroom-based instruction while being exposed to industry-based applications. Truly, the Dual-Degree Program is one step to better equip and prepare students for both future challenges and successes.