Anchored on the mission to provide Philippine higher education institutions with assistance and directions in the development of institutional internationalization strategies and implementation planning including best practices, partnership building, curriculum development, research opportunities and funding mechanisms, the Commission on Higher Education International Affairs Staff (CHED IAS) conducts nationwide internationalization mentoring.
Against the backdrop of internationalization and globalization, the Commission created a policy framework that provides for overarching policies relevant to the internationalization—both home-based and cross-border—of Philippine higher education, guided by principles on foreign policy enshrined in the 1987 Philippine Constitution that upholds the promotion of national interest and non-diminution of the national sovereignty. This has been underscored by Atty. Lily Frieda M. Milla, CHED IAS Director and concurrently the OIC Deputy Executive Director of the Commission, as she expounds and orients HEIs on the “Policy Framework and Strategies on the Internationalization of Philippine Higher Education” (CMO No. 55 s. 2016).
Atty. Milla taps the trainees of the international capacity building initiative, “The Internationalization of Higher Education in the Philippines: A Strategic Training Program,” organized and sponsored by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in partnership with the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE), to serve as resource persons on IZN mentoring as part of their re-entry plan.
Recently, in the Internationalization Orientation Program of the Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISATU), Guimaras State College (GSC), and the Iloilo State College of Fisheries (ISCOF) held on January 21-23, 2019, she was joined by CHED CBIE trainees – Dr. Christine N. Ferrer, Director of External Linkages and International Affairs of the Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU) and Ms. Eira Rosette Camus, Director of International Programs of the Mapua University (MU).
Dr. Ferrer takes charge in the orientation of HEIs starting with or harmonizing their IZN initiatives by sharing TAU’s Internationalization Experience, Programs and Practices, while Ms. Campus talks about International Quality Assurance and how this IZN component creates an impact in advancing the reputation and branding of the university. Also with the team of resource persons on IZN is Prof. Eddie M. Nuque who underpins ‘public value’ in identifying priorities and designing activities in crafting the Strategic IZN Plan.
Through internationalization, HEIs are engaged to discover their strengths and improve their institutional capacities to achieve quality improvements, diversity in academic content and experience and the attainment of international standards and recognition.
Most importantly, this internationalization mentoring also motivates Philippine HEIs, to also prioritize the creation of a stronger alliance and partnership activities with the other HEIs in the Philippines, not only with international networks. Through local collaboration, HEIs shall converge and complement to advance research collaboration, mobility programs and educational innovations, in a pragmatic framework and doable mechanism of implementation.