Jollibee, STI set to form agri school

Businessman Tony Tan Caktiong, chairman and founder of Jollibee Foods Corp., teamed up with STI Education Services Group Inc. to boost agricultural education in the country.

STI Education said in a statement posted on its website it signed an agreement with Tan Caktiong to establish an academic institution with programs in agro-entrepreneurship, agricultural technology, logistics and quick-service restaurants.

The joint venture partners will transform STI College – Tanauan in Batangas to be the initial vehicle for the collaboration.

The new school will house state-of-the-art agriculture facilities and equipment such as greenhouses, field laboratories, livestock and poultry farms and a rainwater harvesting system for irrigation and other uses.

It will also be equipped with industry-grade simulation laboratories, air-conditioned classrooms with flat screen TVs, student activity centers with internet connection, a covered basketball court and multimedia centers to provide a more conducive learning environment.

STI said agriculture sector was indispensable in the Philippine’s strategy for inclusive growth. 

Both STI and Tan Caktiong envision a farm-to-table school that will offer agricultural courses and courses on managing quick-service restaurants that are focused on developing the technical and entrepreneurial skills of students.

“My experience in JFC has given me unique perspectives on the challenges and importance of having a consistent and reliable supply of high-quality agricultural products. I am excited with this collaboration as it will help to uplift the agricultural and related sectors through education, another potential means for us to contribute to nation-building,” Tan Caktiong said.

Topics: Tony Tan Caktiong , Jollibee Foods Corp. , STI Education Services Group Inc. , agricultural education
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