The Department of Information Technology makes learning more fun and exciting by bringing its ninety(90) IT graduating students in the two most prominent cities in terms of technology in an Educational Tour conducted last December 4-6, 2013.
The three-day trip’s main objective is for them to get acquainted and be exposed on the new technologies and trends including ICT usage and for them to experience first-hand how a particular IT unit operates and what work environment surrounds an IT Professional.
The first day of the trip was devoted in visiting Subic. Officers from the IT Department of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority(SBMA) gave a brief orientation on the impact of the ICT implementation in Subic’s success and competitiveness. He also mentioned examples of systems and network framework being utilized in their operation. Following their SBMA tour was their visit to the Subic Bay International Airport. The group were given the chance to roam around the premises while learning the concepts on how the Airport operates including security precautions and measures through the different ICT wares. Concluding their Subic trip was their visit to PAG-ASA. Personnel from PAG-ASA showed the group the AWOS (Automated Weather Observing System) which is designed to serve aviation and meteorological observing needs for safe and efficient aviation operations.
Their venture in Manila started the next day in the Information Technology Management Service (ITMS) of the Philippine National Police located in Camp General Rafael Crame. As the group roamed around the different Departments, students were exposed to various examples of ICT, job titles and daily activities carried out in the different area. In the afternoon, the group proceed to the University of the Philippines-Information Technology Development Center (UP-ITDC) to hear talks about Android and game development.
On the last day of the tour, the students visited the Metropolitan Manila Development Academy (MMDA). The group were given the opportunity to witness the actual monitoring on the different roads and highways in Metro Manila through CCTVs and Monitors installed in the area. A personnel from their IT Department explained the process, ICT and networks used for their operation. They were also given a short lecture on the Safety Measures and Practices during Earthquakes. The group’s last destination is the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) where students learned a lot from the CAAP’s Personnel who introduced and explained the systems and network framework being utilized by the agency.
Such exposure to the different IT fields made the student aware and acquainted on the real application of what they have been learning inside the classroom. Also, such visits will help them realize and appreciate the multi-faceted workplace and wide scope of ICT careers available in the Industry.