Thursday 15 December 2016

The British Council, in partnership with the South Manila Educational Consortium (SMEC), organised a series of workshop designed for university leaders. The Leadership for Internationalisation Programme, developed and delivered by Cardiff Metropolitan University on 2 to 8 December at Hotel Benilde, aimed to equip top-and mid-level leaders in higher education institutions with leadership and management capacity that will enable their institutions to function effectively internationally.

Following the ASEAN Economic Integration and the major K to 12 education reform, Philippine colleges and universities now operate in an increasingly international higher education environment—students have become more mobile, international academic cooperation has intensified and the number of transnational education programmes has risen. In response, more pressure has now been placed on Philippine institutions to embrace the strategy of going global, especially now that they are poised to compete with the major players in Southeast Asia.

The five-day programme was designed to prepare leaders to meet these emerging global trends and challenges in the sector. It introduced the range of opportunities brought by internationalisation in higher education and explored the components of successful international partnerships. By using Cardiff Metropolitan University’s experience as a case study and engaging in group workshops, participants were able to identify key features of an international strategy that would fit the context of their institutions.

Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at Cardiff Metropolitan University, shared in a videotaped message that the course is of high importance to both the Philippines and the UK in boosting education and leadership within the sector. He added Cardiff Met’s wide international presence and partnerships across 20 countries around the world including Malaysia Singapore and Vietnam.

The programme comprised of three individual modules—one for presidents, another for vice-presidents and deans, and the last for programme directors and coordinators—making it the first of its kind in the Philippines. In line with the British Council’s education strategy and SMEC’s thrust to integrate international standards, the course sets the tone for the succeeding collaboration between the two organisations, including a study tour and a partnership forum of Philippine higher education leaders in the UK, which would eventually catalyse partnerships between SMEC institutions and UK universities.

Attended by 120 leaders from 28 Philippine colleges and universities, the programme was delivered by Mr David Lock, Cardiff Met Consultant; Dr Colin Powell, Associate Dean for Internationalisation; Prof. Brian Morgan, Director of Creative Leadership and Enterprise Centre; and Mr AbouBakr Fathalla, International Engagement Manager. 

Notes to Editor

About South Manila Educational Consortium

The South Manila Educational Consortium (SMEC) is a group of 12 higher educational institutions in the southern portion of Manila. The purpose of the consortium is to collaborate actively to effect social transformation by promoting the cause of education and by making quality and relevant learning accessible to as many as possible. SMEC is on its 41st year of existence. Members include Adamson University, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, De La Salle University-Manila, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Lyceum of the Philippines University, Philippine Christian University, Philippine Normal University-Manila, Philippine Women’s University, Santa Isabel College Manila, St. Paul University-Manila, St. Scholastica’s College and University of the Philippines-Manila.

About the British Council

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. Using the UK’s cultural resources we make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.

Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. The majority of our income is raised delivering a range of projects and contracts in English teaching and examinations, education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. Eighteen per cent of our funding is received from the UK government.