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 Timeline

Year 1 Timeline

Year 2 Timeline

Project Components

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

JDNP: Theory of Change 

You can download a print version of the Project’s Theory of Change here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

You may also download a print version of our FAQs here.

What is the programme about?

The two-year Programme provides capacity and funding support to ten Philippine higher education institutions (HEIs) to co-develop with UK universities joint, double or dual postgraduate degrees not currently offered in the country.

Which ten Philippine HEIs were pre-selected to participate in the programme?

Ateneo de Manila University, Bicol University, Central Luzon State University, De La Salle University, Miriam College, Saint Louis University, Silliman University, University of San Carlos, University of the Philippines, and the University of Santo Tomas. Learn more about these higher education institutions here.

How were the UK HEI partners selected?

The Philippine HEIs selected their UK HEI partners. The British Council issued a Call of Interest to UK HEIs and organised partnerships meetings, group and one-on-one meetings.

Is the project still open to other Philippine and UK HEIs?

This project aims to pilot TNE models in pre-selected Philippine and UK HEI partners, from planning to execution. Here, both the British Council and CHED envisioned that the target Philippine HEIs will involve and mentor other HEIs in the future. 

For Philippine HEIs interested to establish TNE partnerships, another funding scheme is available under CHED’s Institutional Development and Innovation Grant (IDIG). You can find the details in CHED Memorandum Order No. 33. S. 2016 Guidelines for Institutional Development and Innovation Grant under the K-12 Transition Program.

How much and what is the funding support for?

A funding worth over Php5M or £77,000 is intended for the Philippine HEIs to support the costs of the TNE development process together with their respective UK HEI partner. Eligible expenditures include in-country and UK academic workshops; visits of the UK partners to the Philippines; and costs associated with programme development and delivery (e.g. programme approval fees, training fees, teaching/learning materials, library access/support). The Grant may not be used for capital outlay. Acquisition of equipment in the second year is eligible but only if it is critical to attainment of the project objectives.

How much is the funding for UK HEIs? How can the UK HEI partners access the funding?

This collaborative programme is part of CHED’s comprehensive plan to support Philippine HEIs during the K-12 transition programme and since this is a government funding, the grant funds under this Programme are only for Philippine HEIs. Costs associated with TNE development (also detailed above) are to be managed by the Philippine HEIs, including costs associated with programme partnership with the UK HEI partners.

What are the expectations and requirements from the UK HEIs under the programme?

The UK-Philippine HEI partnerships should be an institutional partnership. The UK HEI partners are expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding / Memorandum of Agreement with their Philippine HEI partner, which will detail the scope of the partnerships and roles and accountabilities of both parties. The said MOU/MOA is a requirement to access grant funding.

Are the UK HEIs accountable to British Council and CHED?

In principle, yes, as the UK-Philippine TNE partnerships are made under the Project and the joint funding comes from British Council and CHED. Along with their Philippine partners, the UK HEIs are expected to produce the targeted outputs of the Project – joint/dual UK-Philippines postgraduate programmes. More specific accountabilities though of UK HEIs are with their respective Philippine partners. UK HEIs are expected to actively participate in project activities.

What are the eligibility requirements, processes & regulations of CHED on approval and operation of joint / double degrees?

CHED Memorandum Order No. 62, series of 2016, Policies, Standards and Guidelines on Transnational Education (attached) provides the eligibility requirements of foreign university partners for TNE and processes for application to operate TNE. It is the responsibility of the Philippine partners to undertake this TNE application.

However, autonomous Philippine HEIs including the ten Philippine HEIs under this Project, are exempted from having to go through this application process. They are only required to inform CHED about the TNE programme that they are offering.

Are there any further expectations for the UK-Philippine TNE partnerships beyond the two-year project implementation?

It is expected that the partnership on TNE will trigger further collaborations between the UK-Philippine partners. The partners are likewise expected to sustain the offering of the TNE programmes.

How would the Philippine HEIs ensure that there would be sufficient student enrolment for postgraduate programmes every year?

The project requires the Philippine HEIs to conduct a market study to identify the student market and inform the design of their programmes. In addition to the individual marketing campaigns of the HEIs, the Project will fund an integrated marketing strategy to promote the TNE programmes. The Philippine HEIs will also be given support on enhancing their marketing and promotional skills.

CHED will also be supporting a number of faculty scholars who will be enrolling in the TNE programmes as part of its Professional Development initiatives. The said faculty scholars are expected to form part of the academic staff who will deliver the TNE programmes.

Will the UK-PH joint/dual postgraduate degrees to be developed have to be accredited by Philippine accreditation bodies?

The joint/dual degree programmes can be offered without being accredited yet by accreditation bodies. As an autonomous institution, the Philippine HEIs are award-granting bodies. Programme accreditation in the Philippines is voluntary.

Who will own the joint/dual degree programme, the Philippine HEIs or its UK HEI partners?

Ownership of the joint/dual degree programme will depend on the agreement between the Philippine HEI and its UK HEI partner.