The ANTENA Consortium, of which UP is a member, held the ANTENA Project’s First National Round Table and Coordination Meeting on July 15 and 16 at De La Salle University (DLSU) Manila.
The ANTENA Project is an initiative on the internationalization of Philippine higher education institutions (HEIs), coordinated by the Oficina de Gestión de Proyectos Internacionales (International Project Management Office) of the Universidad de Alicante (UA), Spain. It is co-funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ Program.
The two-day event succeeded the ANTENA launch and initial meeting of partners held at UA from February 26 to March 1.
A highlight of the event’s opening program was the Ateneo de Manila University’s (ADMU) presentation of initial findings from the national survey it conducted on internationalization in and of Philippine HEIs. It had 103 respondents.
ADMU School of Management-Business Resource Center Director John Luis Lagdameo pointed out the top four barriers to mobility in three sectors: student, faculty, and administration and staff. The biggest challenge in all sectors was insufficient financial support. Administrative and bureaucratic difficulties also hindered mobility for all three.
Limited interest and involvement, as well as lack of foreign language skills, were also barriers to student and faculty mobility. For administration and staff mobility, other barriers included in the top four were limited technical support and lack of organizational development.
In the morning of the first day, featured were the institutional experiences on the internationalization of: Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan (XU); Central Luzon State University (CLSU); UA; and, Université de Montpellier (UM). The rest of the first day and the morning of the second day were spent on parallel working groups with the following topics: academic quality through internationalization; research of universities in an international context; national context for internationalization; and, how to make the most of the ANTENA Project.
The afternoon of the second day was allotted to the management meeting, the agenda of which included discussions on: reform need analysis and institutional building; promoting HEIs governance reforms; dissemination; and, quality control and monitoring.
The members of the ANTENA Consortium are: UA; ADMU; Benguet State University; CLSU; Commission on Higher Education-Philippines; DLSU; European Foundation for Management Development; Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology; Polytechnic University of the Philippines; Saint Louis University; UM; University of San Carlos; UP; and, XU.
The ANTENA Project has four identified outcomes: reform need analysis and institutional building; promoting HEIs governance reforms; capacity building through training; and, networking and sustainability.