ISCOF System undergoes Strategic Planning for Internationalization

#INTERNATIONAL. Participants present Strategic Internationalization Plan (SIP) workshop outputs. Photo by Prof. R. Ramos

By E. Bernardo

A total of 30 key officials and linkages coordinators of the ISCOF system participated in a two-day training-workshop on Strategic Planning for Internationalization conducted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) national office at Seda Hotel, Atria, Iloilo City on Oct. 17-18.

In her speech that opened the program on the first day, ISCOF President Dr. Godelyn Hisole explained where internationalization efforts figure in the synergy the system currently enjoys in achieving its institutional goals.

Meanwhile, CHED Deputy Executive Director, International Affairs Service, Atty. Lily Freda M. Milla spoke on Philippine Higher Education Institutions’ need to internationalize in the framework of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and ISCOF’s specific targets with respect to the Regional Development Plan  (RDP) for Region VI.

“ISCOF must be ASEAN integrated”, the commissioner emphasized.

“Internationalization is basically about competitiveness at least in the ASEAN level. It is a mindset, a process, and an outcome,” Atty. Milla said.

Professor Grace Bunda, OSA Director and acting Advancement and Linkages director stated the background and purpose of the training-workshop, quoting CHED’s famous tagline on learning as a family experience.

A series of lectures and workshops followed the opening program, with Engr. Rudy A. Sabas, Consultant for Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) speaking on opportunities and partnerships with Canadian universities and industries, and Ms. Jennifer Montero of the CHED Central Office sharing her experiences and learnings as university director of the International Affairs Office in her previous employment.

Ms. Montero conducted the workshops that led to the development of a skeletal internationalization strategic plan for ISCOF.