Mindanao Times

Filipinos study­ing abroad al­most dou­ble in 9 years

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CEBU CITY — The Com­mis­sion on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion (CHED) on Thurs­day said the num­ber of Filipinos study­ing in for­eign coun­tries has al­most dou­bled com­pared to the data some 10 years ago.

Cit­ing United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion (UN­ESCO) data, Lawyer Lily Freida Milla, CHED of­fi­cer in charge deputy ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for in­ter­na­tional af­fairs, said 16,578 Filipino stu­dents stud­ied abroad in 2018.

The data on the mo­bil­ity of stu­dents in Asia and the Pa­cific, Milla said, has shown that such num­ber of Filipinos reg­is­tered as hav­ing at­tended col­lege or univer­sity abroad in 2018 was al­most dou­ble the 8,413 recorded in 2008.

Milla said most of the Filipino stu­dents were study­ing in the United States and Aus­tralia.

The fig­ure is ex­pected to grow be­cause of CHED’s com­mit­ment to em­brace “in­ter­na­tion­al­iza­tion” of the col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties un­der the com­mis­sion’s su­per­vi­sion as well as the vi­brant stu­dent ex­change pro­gram in the coun­try’s higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions, she said.

“We have in­ter­na­tional aca­demic ex­change pro­gram an­chored on var­i­ous mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing, agree­ment, and col­lab­o­ra­tion with other ed­u­ca­tional com­mis­sions, min­istries for in­ter­na­tional com­mit­ment to a univer­sity-to-univer­sity part­ner­ship,” she said.

Milla pre­sented an over­view of Philip­pine higher ed­u­ca­tion land­scape and in­ter­na­tion­al­iza­tion man­date dur­ing an event of CHED and Cana­dian Bureau for In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion

(CBIE) dubbed as Col­lab­o­ra­tion Mis­sion: Cebu, Philip­pines at the Radis­son Blu Ho­tel in this city.

The event ended on Thurs­day, March 21.

At present, Filipino stu­dents un­der­go­ing short­pe­riod stu­dent ex­change pro­gram can be found in six coun­tries within the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian (ASEAN) coun­tries, in­clud­ing Japan and South Korea.

The gov­ern­ment shoul­ders travel and al­lowance for the stu­dents who are un­der­go­ing stu­dent ex­change pro­gram.

Also, “CHED shall pur­sue an in­ter­na­tion­al­iza­tion strat­egy to make the Philip­pine higher ed­u­ca­tion as im­por­tant ma­jor player in global arena,” Milla said.

Among th­ese strate­gies, she noted, is strength­en­ing of their in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions of­fice and ex­pan­sion of col­lab­o­ra­tion and con­sor­tia with learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions abroad.

CHED also as­sists col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties in the coun­try in es­tab­lish­ing and main­tain­ing cen­ters of ex­cel­lence and cen­ters of de­vel­op­ment.

MIlla said the na­tional gov­ern­ment through CHED also pro­vides as­sis­tance in de­vel­op­ing and sus­tain­ing in­ter­na­tion­al­iza­tion pro­gram through the grant of aca­demic ex­change pro­gram for stu­dents, fac­ulty, and school

of­fi­cials.

“In­ter­na­tion­al­iza­tion is a driver of qual­ity in­sti­tu­tions and in­ter­na­tion­al­iza­tion can con­trib­ute to the eco­nomic and na­tional com­pet­i­tive­ness,” she said.

 ??  ?? MALARIA ELIM­I­NA­TION HUBS. Di­rec­tor Ed­uardo Janairo (wear­ing glasses) of the Depart­ment of Health (DOH) Cal­abar­zon Re­gion, hands over the stereo­scopic mi­cro­scope to Dr. Gil­berto P. Ilog, Pro­vin­cial Health Of­fi­cer of Cavite, as one of the re­cip­i­ents of equip­ment do­nated by the re­gional of­fice for use in the Malaria Elim­i­na­tion Hub of the prov­ince dur­ing the turn-over cer­e­mony held at the BSA Tow­ers, Or­ti­gas Cen­ter in Man­daluy­ong City on Wed­nes­day (Mar. 20, 2019). (Photo cour­tesy of Ramir dela Cruz/DOH Cal­abar­zon)
MALARIA ELIM­I­NA­TION HUBS. Di­rec­tor Ed­uardo Janairo (wear­ing glasses) of the Depart­ment of Health (DOH) Cal­abar­zon Re­gion, hands over the stereo­scopic mi­cro­scope to Dr. Gil­berto P. Ilog, Pro­vin­cial Health Of­fi­cer of Cavite, as one of the re­cip­i­ents of equip­ment do­nated by the re­gional of­fice for use in the Malaria Elim­i­na­tion Hub of the prov­ince dur­ing the turn-over cer­e­mony held at the BSA Tow­ers, Or­ti­gas Cen­ter in Man­daluy­ong City on Wed­nes­day (Mar. 20, 2019). (Photo cour­tesy of Ramir dela Cruz/DOH Cal­abar­zon)

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