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The British Council invites requests for proposals from Filipino experts with extensive experience in transnational education for a consultancy engagement and implementation of the Leadership, Management and Policy Capacity for Transnational Higher Education project.

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 (Annex 5) 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 project seeks to widen access to quality education and build 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.

To further ensure that the TNHE Law is translated into actions and CHED is fully able to carry out this mission, key offices in CHED and other relevant government agencies will need capacity strengthening interventions. Key government officials, directors and technical staff would need to possess necessary knowledge and skills on TNE policy development, management and governance. 

An enabling policy environment needs to be created to effectively implement the new law and fully realise the TNE aspirations of the Philippines. In this regard, the British Council and CHED is implementing a new project, the Leadership, Management and Policy Capacity for Transnational Higher Education, starting in 2022. The project aims to identify and set up the governance structure of the TNE law; build the knowledge and understanding of key stakeholders from the Philippine government on various areas of TNE; and develop a national TNE strategy that will support the implementation of the TNE law.

Under this project, we are enhancing the knowledge base of policy and decisionmakers in CHED, select government bodies and other relevant stakeholders in implementing high quality TNE initiatives. We will create a pool of inter-agency champions, identified through systems assessment and stakeholder mapping, who will work to influence policies, actions, and decisions of their respective agencies to create an enabling policy environment for TNE in the Philippines. By providing key government officials and policymakers opportunities for immersion visits, benchmarking activities, global case studies and technical inputs, this project will build understanding their understanding on five key TNE areas, among others identified in the course of the project:

  • Fundamentals of TNE and cross-border education: overview of TNE, international code on the practice of cross-border education, TNE trends, models, future developments and best practices.
  • Policy formulation and execution: enhancing and developing the skills and knowledge of policymakers in policy formulation and implementation, writing of policy brief as well as the integration of gender and inclusion concerns into the policy making process. This training will also look at what constitutes enabling policies that makes for successful delivery of quality TNE.
  • Management and leadership: equipping policymakers and government leaders with TNE-specific leadership skills and management tools in effectively governing and delivering TNE partnership projects.
  • Quality assurance: strategies and tools used to ensure high quality, relevance and sustainability of TNE programmes.
  • Monitoring, evaluation and learning of TNE: frameworks, metrics and assessment tools to evaluate the impact of TNE policies, partnerships and programmes.

Consultant requirements

We are looking for a consultant from the Philippines who will work with the lead UK consultants on the implementation of this project. The local consultant will ground the work of the UK consultants to the Philippine context using their expertise in Philippine higher education policy and knowledge of local legislations and policies relevant to higher education.

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

  • Must have extensive knowledge and experience in Philippine higher education policy and must be able to provide evidence of similar work and engagement conducted previously. This includes policy review and formulation. (Essential)
  • Must have extensive knowledge and experience about transnational education and international higher education. (Essential)
  • Must have experience conducting institutional-level review and assessment of policies, structures, and governance mechanisms. (Essential)
  • Must be knowledgeable of other Philippine government agencies and their functions related to higher education (e.g. Department of Foreign Affairs, Commission on Audit, Department of Trade and Industry, etc.). (Essential)
  • Must demonstrate experience working with diverse, multicultural teams. (Essential)
  • The consultant must be able to deliver the entire programme through a combination of virtual and face-to-face delivery and within the timeframe of the project. (Essential)
  • Availability to provide regular updates via face-to-face meeting, call, email and Microsoft Teams. (Essential)

How to apply

The documents that must be submitted to form your proposal are listed at Part 2 (Submission Checklist) of Annex 2 (Supplier Proposal) to this RFP. All documents required as part of your proposal should be submitted to Pierre Pecson, Education Manager, at Pierre.Pecson@britishcouncil.org.ph by the response deadline, as set out in the timescales section of this RFP.

Response deadline

Deadline for clarification questions (Clarification deadline) Friday, 5 August 2022
Deadline for submission of proposals (Response deadline) Wednesday, 10 August 2022
Final decision Wednesday, 17 August

Further information

All clarification requests should be submitted to Pierre Pecson, Education Manager, at Pierre.Pecson@britishcouncil.org.ph by the clarification deadline, as set out in the timescales section of this RFP. 

About Going Global Partnerships

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