CHED cites need for global partnership in education

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CHAIRMAN Patricia Licuanan of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Friday said that a partnership between the Philippines and foreign institutions is very important to improve the quality of education in a globalized world.

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Licuanan said CHED recognizes the importance of linkages and collaborative arrangements with foreign countries at various levels. She said a number of Philippine universities’ decisions to move their school opening from June to August are meant to harmonize with the universities abroad.

“These schools want to internationalize the educational experience of their students and to better train them for a globalized world particularly on the need for new skills like the ability to understand and communicate across multiple cultures beginning with the knowledge of one’s own culture,” Licuanan said in a keynote speech during the Conference on UK Higher Education and Corporate Training at the Intercontinental Hotel in Makati City.

Licuanan said the partnership aims to strengthen the educational, cultural, social, economic and political bonds between the Philippines and foreign institutions; upgrades the present quality of academic program through collaborative activities, effective exchange of faculty and cooperation and research; promotes and facilitate international mobility of teaching staff and students as an essential part of quality and relevance of higher education; and to develop pedagogical reform through international linkages in higher education and research.

As of this month, she said, the country has forged bilateral agreement related to education with various countries and various continents.

“In Europe, we have agreements with six European countries namely the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Poland, Spain and Turkey. This formal agreement aims to promote academic cooperation and opportunities in higher education and professional training including the development of institutional linkages. They also aim to promote exchange of educational literature, information and demonstration materials,” Licuanan said.

“Currently, negotiations are underway for the creation of renewal of agreement with other countries in Europe namely Armenia, Germany, Hungary, Norway, United Kingdom and Turkey,” she added.

The conference was attended by representatives from six institutions from the United Kingdom.

The participating companies include Consulting Tools,CH Training, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Training Getaway, Tribal Education and the Northumbria University.

Topics discussed during the conference were human resource assessment tools, health and safety consultancy services, accounting and finance practitioners, educational partnerships, education software for business schools and undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities in the UK.

The British Council Philippines’ Education UK Exhibition brought representative in the Philippines to increase their awareness of the Filipinos regarding opportunities for overseas education.

These schools are Cambridge Education Group, Hult International Business School, London School of Commerce, Northumbria University, Study Group, University Of Bedfordshire, University Of Kent, University Of Northampton, University Of Reading Malaysia, University Of South Wales, University Of Sunderland, University Of The Arts London, University Of Warwick, University Of West London, and first time Philippine exhibitors City University London, Richmond The American International University In London, Staffordshire University and the University of Wolverhampton.

Schools like the Northumbria University, City University London, the International Study Centers UK and Europe, the London School of Commerce, the Richmond University, the Staffordshire University, the University of Sunderland, the University of Warwick, the University of Wolverhampton, the University of Bedfordshire and the University of South Wales are looking for local partners in the academe.

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