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The Internationalization of Higher Education in the Philippines: A Strategic Planning Training Program

Deadline extended to May 5, 2017

The program will guide 15 select faculty from Philippine HEIs through a training program which will take place over the course of seven (7) months, including online/long-distance, in-Canada and in country training aspects. The program is open to qualified Philippine Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) who meet both the institutional and individual criteria set forth in this call.


This program will provide participants with practical knowledge and contextual background to develop high-quality, relevant, and achievable institutional internationalization strategies that may include best practices in planning, partnership building, curriculum development, research opportunities and funding mechanisms.

Learning Outcomes

The program is intended to enhance knowledge of concepts and the context of internationalization, and to develop and/or enhance participants’ capacity to develop, implement and review internationalization strategies for the unique needs of their institutions.

The proposed outcomes of the training program for each institutional representative include:

  1. The development of an institutional internationalization strategic plan;
  2. The identification of one internationalization priority per participating Filipino institution (i.e. exchange programs, research collaboration, joint-programming, etc.);
  3. Operational planning for the internationalization priority for each participating Filipino institution;
  4. Initiation of relationships with Canadian institutions including a mentorship component; and
  5. Enhanced capacity of the participating Filipino institutions to implement internationalization activities through a train-the- trainer approach



The program will be offered face-to-face, supported by online methods. The pedagogical approach will be based in adult education and experiential theory – interactive with frequent opportunities for feedback to ensure participants are comfortable and achieving their own goals for learning.

Methodologies used in the course delivery will be diverse and include: information giving through lectures and presentations, group discussions and assignments, case studies, situational analysis, self-reflection, review of current policies and practices, experiential learning within Canadian institutions and goal setting for action items. References and resources will be provided. Participants will be expected to complete group assignments outside of workshop hours.

A final workshop/presentation will be conducted by all participants in the Philippines months following the Canadian experience course. This will broadly disseminate the results of the internationalization plan to the Chairperson and senior administration of their institutions. An additional workshop/session can be presented at CBIE’s annual conference in Halifax in November 2017.

Program Delivery

The program will be offered in four phases:

  1. Pre-visit preparatory phase. CBIE facilitators will send the participants an advance research exercise to be completed and submitted prior to their arrival in Canada.
  2. Canadian experience phase. Participants will study in Canada for three (3) weeks with up to 12 days of instructional programming including institutional and education ministry visits in three (3) Canadian cities, and sightseeing.
  3. Long distance support phase. Participants will be provided with online support for up to six (6) months by Canadian mentors who will review and provide feedback into the development of each participants’ institutional strategic and operational plans for internationalization.
  4. In-country conference. Canadian facilitators will travel to the Philippines to conduct an in-country one week conference with workshop components which will provide follow-up training and will allow for trainees to share their finalized strategic and operational plans broadly with their educational community.



Institution Level
The target institution for this course will be a Tier 1 higher education institution, meaning SUCs/autonomous HEIs that have national and international prominence, and a reputation as shown by international accreditation, award, recognition or membership in a reputable international network of universities.

  1. Must be a CHED-recognized HEI;
  2. Must have at least one (1) program with Level III accreditation status or its equivalent, and/or host of a Center of Development (COD) or Center of Excellence (COE) program.

Individual Level

  1. Has the capacity to engage stakeholders;
  2. Has demonstrated evidence of innovativeness;
  3. Is able to contribute long term to the internationalization of their institution;
  4. A VP International/Directors of the International Relations Offices within Filipino institutions of higher education.
  5. A VP International/Director who should have knowledge of international education practices and must be able to identify areas of internationalization that can be incorporated into their own institutional strategies.

Philippine HEI grantees of the CHED-British Council Joint Development of Niche Programmes are not eligible to apply.


How to Apply

Interested institutions are requested to submit a scanned copy to on or before April 28, 2017 with an email subject title: Internationalization – [Name of HEI]. Documents should be duly endorsed and signed by the HEI Head/President. Unsigned and incomplete submissions will not be considered.

  1. Institutional Profile
  2. Nomination Form
  3. Curriculum Vitae of Nominee
  4. Concept Paper

A two-tier process will be conducted in selecting the HEI and participants for the training program. Applications shall be first evaluated on the following criteria: (1) Past and present internationalization experience; (2) Inclusion of internationalization in the HEI’s vision and mission; (3) Presence of an operational international office; and (4) Proposed plan vis-à-vis CHED Priorities.

Upon selection of the HEIs, CHED and CBIE shall conduct an interview of the nominees and shall be evaluated on the following criteria: (1) Capacity to engage stakeholders; (2) Evidence of innovativeness and initiative; and (3) Potential contribution to long-term institutional change.

Important Dates
April 18 Call for Application
May 5 Deadline of Application
May 8-9 interview of Shortlisted Nominees
June 24-July 20 Training in Canada



For questions and clarifications about the program, email