RTD on internationalization of Philippine HEIs held

| Written by Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo

Working Group 2 on “Research of universities in an international context” (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

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.

 

Speakers at the opening program (clockwise from top left): De La Salle University VP for External Relations and Internationalization Laurene Chua-Garcia welcomes the participants; Commission on Higher Education-International Affairs Staff OIC Deputy Executive Director Lily Freida Milla gives the overview of the ANTENA First National Round Table; Ateneo De Manila University School of Management-Business Resource Center Director John Luis Lagdameo present the initial findings from the national survey on internationalization in and of Philippine higher education institutions; and ANTENA Project Coordinator Carolina Madeleine provides an overview of the ANTENA Project. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

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.

 

Plenary speakers share the experiences of their institutions on internationalization, from left: Xavier University School of Business and Management Dean Ruth Love Russell; Central Luzon State University VP for Academic Affairs Renato Reyes; Universidad de Alicante Oficina de Gestión de Proyectos Internacionales (International Project Management Office) Director Roberto Escarré; and Université de Montpellier Relations Internationales Chargée de Mission Stephanie Metz. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

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.

 

European Foundation for Management Development International Projects Director Christophe Terrasse (left) moderates Working Group 1 on “Academic quality through internationalization.” The right photo shows one of the assessment activities in Working Group 1. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

Working Group 3 (top) discusses “National context for Internationalization” while Working Group 4 (bottom) talks about “How to make the most of the ANTENA Project” in parallel sessions. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

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.

 

Speakers and participants pose for a group photo. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

From left: UP EVP Teodoro Herbosa, Gabriela Bauste of the Universidad de Alicante Oficina de Gestión de Proyectos Internacionales (International Project Management Office), UP AVP for Academic Affairs Gil Jacinto, and ANTENA Project Coordinator Carolina Madeleine (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

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.

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