Wednesday, 13 March 2024 14:30

SDCA Taking Steps Towards Internationalization

SDCA taking steps towards internationalization

Hopkins and SDCA seal partnership through TOEIC

by: Richardson Mojica

In the continuing pursuit of academic excellence in providing international and global quality education, St. Dominic College of Asia (SDCA) renewed its partnership with Hopkins International Partners, Inc., the sole and ETS-authorized provider of TOEIC in the Philippines, through a Memorandum of Agreement.

SDCA has taken great leaps toward its goal of internationalization by partnering with various reputable international institutions and organizations for the past years. Since 2021, SDCA and Hopkins have sealed their partnership with the establishment of the SDCA Language Studies Center in the same year, initially through the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) for the students and employees. As the years progressed, the partnership also included language training, seminars, and other forms of support.

TOEIC is an international standardized test of the English language intended for non-native English speakers. It measures English language proficiency in reading, listening, writing, and speaking in the workplace and in everyday life. TOEIC is widely recognized locally and abroad by more than 14,000 organizations in 160 countries.

For the past years, SDCA has maintained a decent institutional Common European Framework for Reference for Language (CEFR) level of B2 (upper intermediate), which means that SDCA students and employees are more advanced and more independent users of the English language compared to others. SDCA has also produced at least 5 perfect TOEIC scorers in the past years and numerous C2-level students and employees.

This academic year, graduating students took the TOEIC Exam last March 8 and 9, 2024, with more than 400 students taking the exam. Non-graduating students, faculty members, and employees will be taking their exams in April and May this year.

English proficiency is one of the keys to successful internationalization activities as this serves as the main language in communicating with the international community. SDCA commits to further developing its students, faculty members, and employees to be more proficient in communicating with others through the international language.