Speaking on the difficulties in the K-12 implementation, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Commissioner Dr. Ma. Cynthia Rose Bautista stressed that the system may not be perfect, but it is necessary and, in fact, overdue. Dr. Bautista was a guest speaker at a recent seminar for academic managers organized by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU) at UA&P last November 24 and 25. The CHED Commissioner appealed to top officials of Philippine higher education institutions (HEIs) to ensure that their plans and programs for internationalization and student mobility will give Filipino graduates “both roots and wings.”
Dr. Bautista explained: “it is our responsibility and, indeed it is a big challenge to us, to provide our students with all the opportunities to grow roots and develop love of country as well as to grow wings which will enable them to travel and seek their dreams.”
Several Presidents, Vice Presidents, and other top tertiary school officials attended the event, which was led by PACU President Dr. Karen Belina de Leon, Vice Presidents Prof. Dhanna Kerina Rodas and Dr. Caroline Marian Enriquez, Secretary Dr. Jose Francisco Benitez and Treasurer Mr. Anthony Jose Tamayo. Top economist and UA&P’s co-founder Dr. Bernardo Villegas was also invited to brief the participants on the ASEAN economy and the challenge of integration.
The speakers included Ms. Rhodora Alday, OIC-Asst. Bureau Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Policy Development and Planning Bureau, who tackled “ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Integration: An Overview”; Dr. Paulina Pannen from the Directorate General of Higher Education, Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, who shared the “Indonesian Initiatives in Cross Border Education”; and Dr. Ethel Agnes Valenzuela of SEAMEO Innotech, who presented her organization’s internationalization programs.
Two presidents of HEIs, Dr. Ma. Cristina Padolina of Centro Escolar University and Dr. Jose Paulo Campos of Emilio Aguinaldo College, also shared their schools’ best practices and biggest concerns in student mobility. PACU officers and seminar participants actively engaged the Bureau of Immigration (BOI) spokesperson Atty. Elaine Tan and agreed to continue the dialogue with BOI officials in order to address the complaints of foreign students.
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