The Project

Joint Development of Niche Program through PH-UK Linkage aims to provide capacity and funding support for Philippine HEIs to develop and implement niche programs offered in UK universities and customize it in the Philippine context. Through this engagement HEIs will build alliances and long-term collaborations which will enable them to acquire the kind of high-quality international higher education that will make them more globally competitive and offer programs that will respond to national issues and challenges and to ever changing higher education landscape.


Jointly funded by CHED and British Council, the Programme will fund capacity building activities and program development to eligible Philippine HEIs. It specifically aims to:

  1. Provide seed funding to HEIs to develop and implement niche programs with UK HEIs.
  2. Build capacity of HEIs to raise the importance of incorporating internationalisation goals into HEIs overall vision and mission.
  3. Support research collaboration between Philippines and UK; and
  4. Establish Philippines and UK higher education partnerships.

Expected Outputs

By end of the project (August 2018):  

  • 10 UK-Philippine partnerships
  • Up to 5 newly established niche programmes being delivered in the Philippines
  • At least 25 students are enrolled in each of the programme 
  • At least 10 Philippine HEIs with established structure for internationalisation

Target Project Recipients

The British Council and CHED pre-selected the following 10 HEIs as recipients of the project support based on their capacity and readiness for international partnerships. Recognised as Centres of Excellence or Centres of Development, these universities are autonomous, deregulated, and have continuing international and TNE partnerships.

Ateneo de Manila University 

Bicol University 

Central Luzon State University 

De La Salle University

Miriam College

Saint Louis University 

Silliman University 

University of the Philippines 

University of San Carlos

University of Santo Tomas 

Project Duration

  • August 2016 to July 2018

Project Components

  • Capacity building activities
  • Seed funding 
  • Platform for discussions between UK and Philippine HEIs
  • Learning sessions
  • Research and publications