Last 26 November 2018 the South Manila Educational Consortium (SMEC), in partnership with the British Council has conducted a one-day workshop at the Philippine Women’s University to review and assess each of its participating higher education institutions’ (HEIs) priorities and strategies for internationalisation. The discussion was steered by Dr Janet Ilieva, Founder of Education Insight UK, who discussed general strategies and ways to enabling environment towards international higher education (IHE). On the other hand, Mr Aboubakr Fathalla, Birmingham City University’s Head of Operations and International Partnerships talked about a specific case study on a UK institution’s initiatives for IHE.
As response from the twelve (12) SMEC partners, the attending representatives have presented to the board each of their national and international approaches towards international higher education priorities (IHE) and identified a map of their plans over the next three (3) years until 2021.
The participating SMEC HEIs included the Adamson University, De La Salle University, De La Salle – College of St Benilde, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Lyceum University of the Philippines, Philippine Christian University, Philippine Normal University, Santa Isabel College Manila, St Paul University Manila, University of the Philippines Manila, and the workshop host, Philippine Women’s University. The consortium intended to conduct the same workshop in 2019 as part of its annual assessment of SMEC members’ complementing IHE activities.