BACOLOD City – The Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC) in Negros Occidental has established partnerships with two Japan-based companies for its student internship program.
The firms are Chou Foods Company Ltd. and Asia Development Center Association (ADCA) International Internship Consultancy Services.
On Tuesday, CHMSC president Renato Sorolla and Chou Foods chairman Koumei Kanda signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to formalize the partnership in a ceremony held at the school’s main campus in Talisay City.
The CHMSC said the partnership will give Hospitality Management and Business Administration students the opportunity to undergo internship in Japan for seven months.
The agreement states that the students will be considered interns and not employees, but they will avail of some benefits such as insurance and allowances.
Chou Foods, which owns and runs 140 restaurants in Japan, will provide the real-world experiences that can help prepare CHMSC students in completing their degrees.
Meanwhile, ADCA will facilitate the Japanese language training of the students while they live and study in Japan to address the cultural component of the internship.
This is the latest partnership sealed by the CHMSC with international partners to enhance its academic, research and extension programs.
Last January, the state college also partnered with online education platform, 51Talk, for the conduct of training programs for faculty, students, and graduates to become effective online English teachers.
CHMSC, which is poised to obtain a university status soon, has almost 10,000 students in its four campuses, including the main college in Talisay City in northern Negros – as well as the two in Bacolod City situated in Alijis and Fortune Towne, and another in Binalbagan in southern Negros.
Currently, CHMSC offers academic programs under the College of Education, College of Industrial Technology, and School of Arts and Sciences (all in Talisay City), College of Business Management and Accountancy (Fortune Towne), Institute of Information Technology (Alijis), and College of Fisheries and Criminology (Binalbagan). (PNA)