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SWU PHINMA Launches I.T. Career Summit Webinars with Microsoft Asia Pacific Region and Lexmark International

SWU PHINMA IT Career Summit speakers Janet Uy of Microsoft Asia Pacific Region (2nd photo, 1st row) and John Acebes of Lexmark International (2nd photo, 2nd row) with Chito Salazar, SWU PHINMA University President (1st photo, 1st row) and the rest of the SWU PHINMA team.

TWO of the well-known giants in the IT industry, Microsoft and Lexmark, gathered a thousand attendees in the pilot episode of the I.T. Career Summit webinar series of the College of Information Technology of SWU PHINMA on February 11, 2022.

The two guest speakers, Janet Uy and John Acebes, shared their personal experiences in the field of IT with emphasis on their passion and growth mindset that fueled their success.

Uy, Senior Customer Engineering Manager – Data and AI of Microsoft Asia Pacific Region, joined the webinar straight from Singapore. She mentioned that with the pandemic severely limiting physical interaction, companies are getting more and more digitalized and will continue to become more advanced in the coming years. “This means companies will require more tech skills or jobs around IT,” she said. Uy encouraged students who are aspiring to take up IT to be passionate about what they want to achieve and to keep on learning to keep up with quickly evolving technology.

Acebes, Information Technology Head for Enterprise Architecture & Solutions of Lexmark International, confirmed that students should not stop learning so they can prepare for the fast moving IT industry. Acebes highlighted the different scopes in IT Career through a Venn diagram. He said that aside from Software and Hardware, Soft Skills or “Peopleware” is another significant field for aspiring IT professionals to learn early in school. Soft skills include critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership, and professionalism, to name a few.

Rigan Ap-apid, Dean of the College of Information Technology of SWU PHINMA was elated by the knowledge shared by the two speakers in the pilot episode. The conversation affirmed the learning principle of BS Information Technology at SWU PHINMA, which uses the active learning approach in training students to have the fundamentals needed to ensure that they acquire employment-ready skills to be globally competitive trailblazers in IT.

Following the pilot episode are weekly pocket sessions with industry experts as they talk about employment trends in IT. Joining the roster of speakers are’s founder Albert Padin (Feb. 18) who will share the secrets into creating future-proof apps; AXA Philippines’ Christopher Flores will discuss how to develop hassle-free mobile solutions (Feb 25); Barcelona-based web developer Jean Andrei dela Cruz will bring us on a tour on what happens at the backend of their website, Lodgify (March 4); and Alexei Menardo of Snickers Chamber will give us a glimpse of the local indie gaming scene (March 11).

IT Career Summit 2022 is streaming live every Friday through the official Facebook Page of the College of Information Technology of SWU PHINMA.


About PHINMA Education

PHINMA Education Holdings, Inc. (PEHI) is the education services subsidiary of PHINMA Corporation, a Filipino-owned conglomerate with investments in education, property development, hospitality, and construction materials.

 PHINMA Education owns and operates nine schools in the Philippines—PHINMA Araullo University, PHINMA Cagayan de Oro College, PHINMA University of Pangasinan, PHINMA University of Iloilo, Southwestern University PHINMA in Cebu City, PHINMA Saint Jude College in Manila, PHINMA Republican College in Quezon City, PHINMA Rizal College of Laguna, and PHINMA Union College of Laguna. The organization also manages a school in West Java, Indonesia through Horizon Education.


Southwestern University PHINMA is an institution of higher learning that produces men and women equipped with the competencies and character needed to reach the heights of their chosen professions.

 SWU does this through a practice-focused, relevant, and high quality learning process in a supportive environment, ensuring success through a confidence-building and empowering formation.

About SWU PHINMA College of Information Technology

The BS Information Technology of SWU PHINMA hones students to understand and reinvent the applications of digital technologies. By solidifying their foundations, students are geared towards developing innovative solutions and recognizing relevant programming and technology-oriented practices.

 With our growing network of industry partners and field professionals as mentors and program collaborators, SWU PHINMA College of Information Technology ensures that all its graduates acquire employment-ready skills to be globally competitive trailblazers in IT.



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