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In a conference workshop held from 17 April 2024 to 19 April 2024 in Tagaytay City, the Commission on Higher Education invited stakeholders from public and private higher education institutions (HEIs) to review the policies, standards, and guidelines for the history programs (bachelor’s and master’s). The workshop was geared towards developing policies, standards, and guidelines for undergraduate and graduate programs in history.

The workshop, attended by representatives of HEIs offering history programs, served as a platform for discussions highlighting the urgency of updating the policies regulating the AB and MA History programs. The participants were resolved to develop a roadmap to revitalize the history programs, making them more responsive and relevant to the country’s current needs.

During the workshop, History Program Chairs and Coordinators from HEIs, along with the CHED Technical Panel, worked closely to update the history curricula. They emphasized the regional histories of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao; the concept of ‘Bayan’ as a civic community; the roles of Local Government Units (LGUs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in historical consciousness and heritage work; and the use of technologies in historical studies.

Xavier Ateneo’s History and International Studies Department was represented by Ms Catalina H Gaite during the workshop. Ms Gaite, who handles Spanish language courses, is currently the Director of Xavier Ateneo’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTTL).