(DAP President and CEO Atty. Engelbert Caronan, Jr., and Udacity, Inc. CEO Gabriel Dalporto signed the Memorandum of Understanding. Mr. Celso Santiago, Jr., Managing Director of the DAP Institutional Marketing Center, and Ayah Sashaa, Global Director for Government of Udacity, Inc. were witnesses to this event)

Opportunities to learn the latest technological skills opened up for Filipinos as the Development Academy of the Philippines and the American-based educational organization Udacity, Inc. signed a Memorandum of Understanding last Thursday, March 11, 2021, through an online ceremony. This is the first engagement of Udacity in the country and it aims to provide learners with 21st-century skills.

Nanodegree courses are to be offered hinged on technology capacity building to meet the rising demand for technologically-skilled and digitally adept manpower as recent studies show.

DAP President and CEO Atty. Engelbert Caronan, Jr. commended the persistence of those who took part in making this partnership possible, seeing it as a solution to the country’s unemployment rate by generating job opportunities and work continuity. According to President Caronan, the goal is to upscale individual skills and institutional competencies efficiently to adapt to rapidly evolving global technologies and the new normal brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Udacity has served 10 million learners across 160 countries trained under their nanodegree programs with a mission to help the world’s workforce keep up with digital transformation. “McKinsey was predicted that 800 million jobs will be lost due to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and automation by 2030”, Udacity CEO Gabriel Dalporto said. Udacity has sought to address skill upscaling and rescaling among the workforce. So learners can overcome their skills gap, Udacity designed its curriculum with various industry experts for flexible learning, real-world application, and hands-on experience.

In the transition from traditional education to modern learning, skill-based and outcome-based jobs that will dominate the world of advanced technologies are envisioned by both Udacity and the Academy.