Business Education at Different Levels
In a previous article, we surveyed the history of business education in the U.S., where it began, and its eventual migration to the European continent and then more recently to Asia. Thanks to our very close ties with the United States, the Philippines was the Asian pioneer in business education. During the American colonial period, trade schools for the preparation of bookkeepers, secretaries, and clerical staff for business organizations were established. Most of these eventually were transformed into colleges or schools of business after the country got independence in 1946. Today, after more than half of a century of constant experimentation and innovation in the design of business curricula, there is a plethora of business courses offered to the approximately 400,000 tertiary education students in the Philippines specializing in business-related studies.