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Ronald Ramos, SMART's IT specialist, conducted the sessions which exposed the instructor-participants with the technologies and course materials.

Holy Name University, the premiere institute of higher education in the province of Bohol, is no longer an engineering education partner of SMART, the country's leading mobile services provider. But that is no cause for alarm.

SMART is, instead, extending its partnership with HNU with the inclusion of the SMART ADIS (Application Developer's Intro School) program along with SWEEP (SMART Wireless Engineering Education Program). ADIS aims to advance IT education in the country by bridging the gap between the academe and the industry. This will cater further advancements for Holy Name University.

To start the program, two faculty members of the College of Engineering and a faculty member of the College of Computer Science participated in the ADIS Trainors' Training last May 5-16 at De La Salle - College of St. Benilde, along Taft Avenue, Manila. The two-week training program was provided to prepare IT instructors to teach ADIS as an IT elective.

Ronald Ramos, SMART's IT specialist, conducted the sessions which exposed the instructor-participants with the technologies and course materials.

Instructors Engr. Miguel Sarigumba and Mr. Reynaldo Agunod participated for the College of Engineering while Mr. Jay Paig participated for the College of Computer Science. Pursuant to this training, they earned the qualification to teach the ADIS elective when it will be offered in their respective colleges.

All three of them will be qualified to teach the ADIS elective when it is offered in their respective colleges.

Cebu Institute of Technology, University of San Carlos, Silliman University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, DLS-College of St. Benilde, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, and Xavier University also sent participants to the aforesaid training.

SMART ADIS was originally given exclusively to newly hired SMART IT personnel to get them up to speed with the company's IT requirements. As an elective in the university curriculum, ADIS exposes the students to real-life IT projects, particularly in the telecommunications industry. It will include interactive lectures and casework. Students will be taught systems integration, systems analysis, programming, and testing. By the end of the course, students are expected to be equipped with the skill set necessary to assume application developer roles. The employability of students who complete this course is increased because they will be honed with the much needed skills and requirements that companies usually look for in application developers.

The College of Engineering will offer ADIS is the second semester of this school year. SMART sponsored the trainors' training and will provide the course materials when ADIS is offered. SMART is also offering a one to two months IT immersion program for instructors to provide them with hands-on industry experience.

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