The future of Transnational Education (TNE) in the Philippines is further discussed and planned as British Council and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) representatives met with leaders from the ten participating universities in a dinner meeting at the Makati Shangri-la last 21 September 2017.
The newly-installed UK ambassador to the Philippines, HMA Daniel Pruce also joined the event to assure the universities of the British Embassy’s support for TNE, promising that he would aim to visit all of the higher education institution (HEI) recipients of the programme.
‘It’s fantastic to see this great collaboration between the higher education sectors in the UK and the Philippines. It provides a great foundation upon which we can build even more ambitious partnerships in the coming years.’ Ambassador Pruce said.
As a continued support of the UK to the project, Janet Ilieva, founder of Education Insight visited the country to talk about the future of internationalisation in the Philippines. In a TV interview on ANC’s Market Edge with Cathy Yang last 26 September, Ilieva noted that the rising wealth and the young population of the Philippines drive the demand for TNE. Universities in the country have fallen behind world university rankings, with only one Philippine university within the most recent world rankings. Ilieva added that at present, HEIs are looking for partners that will open opportunities for institutional capacity building to help raise the profile of Philippine education and its graduates. Students, on the other hand, are keen to study courses that would benefit the country’s economy and future development.