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HAU participates in CHED's internationalization of higher education meet in Tarlac

As one of the Philippines' higher education institutions (HEIs) in the forefront of internationalization (IZN), Holy Angel University (HAU) participated last April 18-20, 2018 in the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) - International Affairs Staff's Conference Workshop on Building the IZN Roadmap of Philippine HEIs at Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU) in Camiling, Tarlac.

The three-day meet focused on the crafting of the roadmap and on the creation of a platform where it can discuss and finalize with IZN partners proposals and guidelines that will be helpful in the efficient delivery of the CHED's IZN services and activities. It also included a workshop on the making of a Philippine higher educational brand in line with the efforts to promote the institutions and strengthen international presence.

Dr. Max P. Guillermo, TAU president, made the welcome remarks, followed by welcome message of CHED Region 3 director Dr. Caridad O. Abuan. Later, discussion of activity rationale and levelling of expectations was done by Atty. Lily Freida M. Milla, CHED-IAS director.

Representing HAU were its president Dr. Luis Maria R. Calingo and its senior IZN officer Mr. Leopoldo N. Valdes Jr. who discussed HAU's IZN experience, programs and best practices.

IZN, said Dr. Calingo, is embedded in the HAU Vision Statement: "To become a role-model catalyst for countryside development and one of the most influential, best-managed Catholic universities in the Asia Pacific region."

Furthermore, IZN is embedded in the HAU Strategic Objectives, namely:

  • Academic quality and organizational excellence (as can be seen in its specialized programmatic accreditation by international organizations and the US Baldrige Education Performance Excellence Framework as standard of organizational excellence)
  • Authentic instrument for countryside development (as can be seen in its intentional partnerships with overseas HEIs to develop "blue ocean" programs)
  • Great university to work for (as can be seen in its institutional participation and benchmarking in the annual "Great Colleges to Work for" survey of the Chronicle of Higher Education)
  • and faithful Catholic education (as can be seen in its inclusion in the US Cardinal Newman Society's Newman Guide to Recommended Catholic Colleges)

HAU representatives pointed out to the participants the seven HAU Strategic IZN undertakings for 2018-2023, as follows:

  • Integration of global dimensions in students' experience (the Catholic identity);
  • IZN of the curriculum at home;
  • Strengthening of institutional visibility and reputation to expand HAU's global footprint;
  • Enhancing student/faculty mobility for global citizenship (inbound/outbound);
  • Building sustainable and strategic partnerships;
  • Attracting and retaining global talent;
  • and measuring institutional success by using suitable metrics for tracking progress.

With the advent of globalization and IZN of higher education, the CHED has recognized the importance of keeping up with the current and emerging trends in the field and strengthening partnerships with its stakeholders as it faces the opportunities and challenges brought by this phenomenon.

Date Posted: 04-26-2018