Former RCTQ Director Dr. Marilyn Balagtas, Current RCTQ Director Dr. Gina Gonong, and RCTQ Deputy Director Dr. Jennie Jocson receive their postdoctoral fellowships from Professor Michael Wilmore and Dr. John Pegg of the University of New England Australia.

Three Philippine Normal University (PNU) professors and Research Center for Teacher Quality (RCTQ) pioneers were awarded with postdoctoral fellowships by the University of New England (UNE) Australia  for their leadership roles in teacher education research in the Philippines.

Former RCTQ Director Dr. Marilyn Balagtas, current Director Dr. Gina Gonong, and Deputy Director Dr. Jennie Jocson each received their postdoctoral fellowships from Prof. Michael Wilmore, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education, and Dr. John Pegg, Director of the UNE-SiMERR National Research Centre and co-director of RCTQ, during the ‘Celebrating RCTQ Partnerships’ main program on August 29 at PNU Manila.

In awarding the fellowships to the three, Dr. Pegg read the statement from Prof. Brigid Heywood, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UNE, recognizing and commending the work and effort of the three leaders in improving the quality of teacher education in the Philippines.

RCTQ was established in 2012 following a grant awarded to UNE-SiMERR by the Australian Government and after a partnership was formed between UNE and PNU.

Dr. Balagtas, who is currently the Dean of the PNU College of Flexible Learning and ePNU, served as the first director of RCTQ when it was founded in 2012. Dr. Gonong and Dr. Jocson joined RCTQ in 2013 as Deputy Director and Senior Program Manager, respectively.

Dr. Gonong was previously awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters honoris causa (HonDLitt) by UNE in 2017.