The British Council, in cooperation with the Commission on Higher Education, presented the preliminary findings of the Study on the Capacity Building and Institutional Development of Higher Education in the Philippines through Transnational Education (TNE) last 24 October. The study builds on the growing interest of local institutions with TNE and identifies the developmental needs to support such initiatives.
The discussions provided inputs towards the crafting of a national TNE strategy that will support Republic Act No. 11448 – also known as the Transnational Higher Education Law. CHED Commissioner Aldrin Arenas Darilag opened the session by underscoring the need to intensify collaborative efforts in creating a more responsive and vibrant TNE model as a way of promoting relevant and quality higher education.
Dr Janet Ilieva, British Council’s adviser for the Philippines–UK TNE Programme and author of the report, led the presentation of the interim findings. Preliminary results show that among public and private higher education institutions surveyed across the country, capacity building, collaborative research, and student and staff mobility are the top three modalities that should make part of the national TNE strategy. When asked about the subjects the institutions would consider offering through TNE, both public and private universities ranked education as the top priority.
Atty Lila Milla, CHED Director for International Affairs, later chaired a planning session in a bid to create an advisory team that will support the development of the implementing rules and regulations of the TNE Law.
Present at the event were education leaders from CHED’s Technical Panel on Transnational Education and Distance Education, the Technical Working Group on International Education, and representatives of the surveyed higher education institutions.
Further provisions of the Transnational Higher Education Law may be viewed through the Philippine official gazette.