PACUCOA Chairperson Conrado Iñigo and British Council Country Director Pilar Aramayo-Prudencio formalise partnership at the PACUCOA General Assembly. Board members of the accrediting agency join them for the agreement signing. ©

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The Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) has announced its partnership with the British Council in internationalising higher education.

At the PACUCOA’s 30th Annual General Assembly last 2 December 2019 at Quezon City, the accrediting agency and the British Council signed the agreement that outlines their commitments in integrating internationalisation and transnational education in quality assurance standards for higher education in the Philippines. The organisations were represented by their heads, Chairperson Dr Conrado Iñigo and Country Diector Pilar Aramayo-Prudencio.

This collaboration, dubbed as Embedding Internationalisation in the Philippine Higher Education Quality Assurance Standards, will build the expertise of PACUCOA members and will add new quality assurance indicators on internationalisation and transnational education in the agency’s accreditation standards. Through this project, both organisations seek to develop policy recommendations to improve the overall environment that would support pockets of internationalisation programs evolving in local institutions.

In his opening remarks, Dr Iñigo underscored the role that internationalisation plays in producing globally competitive graduates. Starting 2020, PACUCOA, he shared, will be adopting the enhanced survey instruments which features the new internationalisation standards. 

In July 2019, a conference on the Internationalisation of Higher Education and Transnational Education was organised by PACUCOA and the British Council which resulted in the development of these new quality assurance indicators.