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About the Project

The British Council in the Philippines has been working closely with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the government agency responsible for higher education in the Philippines, on several projects since 2016. One of these collaborations is the Joint Development of Niche Programmes through Philippine-UK Linkages (JDNP), a pilot project on transnational education (TNE). Through partnerships between 11 Philippine and nine UK universities, we introduced 17 UK-Philippine master’s and PhD degrees in niche areas.

In 2019, the Philippines passed the Transnational Higher Education Law to expand ‘access to educational services through the establishment and administration of transnational higher education’. This law will accelerate TNE partnerships between foreign and local universities and mandates CHED to establish a dedicated office for TNE and to set a comprehensive national TNE strategy.

The success of TNE in the country and the increasing interest among Filipino universities to pursue transnational partnerships with the UK gave rise to a three-year collaboration between the British Council and CHED called the Access and Competitiveness through Internationalisation of Higher Education (ACT-IHE). The new project, launched in 2021, seeks to widen access to quality education and build the competitiveness of Filipino higher education institutions on international higher education by strengthening their capacity to internationalise. ACT-IHE contributes to the Philippines’ efforts in modernising higher education through internationalisation and TNE and will support the implementation of the Transnational Higher Education Law.

One of the outputs identified under ACT-IHE is a TNE toolkit that will be made available for foreign and local universities looking to understand the setting up and offering of TNE programmes in the Philippines.

Consultant requirements

We are looking for a UK consultant who will lead the development of the TNE toolkit. By drawing on its expertise and experience working on TNE partnerships, the UK consultant will spearhead the creation of this output with support from the British Council, CHED and local TNE experts.

The following essential and desirable criteria for the role are as follows:

  • The consultant must have extensive knowledge and experience in international higher education, particularly in developing and managing TNE and TNE partnerships, preferably in Southeast Asia, and must be able to provide evidence of similar work and engagement conducted previously. (Essential)
  • Familiar with higher education policies in the Philippines or Southeast Asia. (Essential)
  • The consultant must demonstrate experience working with diverse, multicultural teams. (Essential)
  • The consultant must be able to deliver the entire programme remotely and within the timeframe of the project. (Essential)
  • Availability to provide regular updates via call, email and Microsoft Teams. (Essential)

How to apply

For full details, please download the procurement documentation in the downloads section. To submit a proposal, please submit all documents required to Pierre.Pecson@britishcouncil.org.ph by the response deadline below.

Response deadline

Deadline for clarification questions

05 January 2022, Wednesday

Deadline for submission of proposals 21 January 2022, Friday
Final decision 02 February 2022, Wednesday
Contract start date 02 March 2022, Wednesday

Further information 

Please send any questions or queries regarding any aspect of the procurement or documentation to Pierre.Pecson@britishcouncil.org.ph by the clarification deadline.

About Going Global Partnerships

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