A Cardiff Met team comprising of staff from across the International and Partnerships Office, School of Health Sciences and School of Management spent over a week in Manila, Philippines, having been selected by the British Council to deliver bespoke short courses on the area of internationalisation for university leaders.
More than 20 university Presidents, 60 Vice Presidents, and 50 Deans and Heads of departments participated in the programme, Leadership for Internationalisation, which was funded by the British Council (BC) and South Manila Education Consortium (SMEC).
The Philippines is in the process of developing its Higher Education system in order to meet an ever-increasing demand for high quality Higher Education provision in a global environment. The programme supports this through both institutional and national capacity building, enabling the Philippines to become a hub for Higher Education within the region.
Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Pro Vice Chancellor (International), who addressed university Presidents on the importance and benefits of internationalisation, opened the programme. Mr Nicholas Thomas, British Council Country Director for the Philippines, and Ms Inna Francheska Raña, of the Commission on Higher Education, spoke of the importance of the courses in contributing to the country's continued development.
An innovative suite of programmes were developed by Cardiff Met's International and Partnerships Consultant, Mr David Lock, who delivered sessions on topics including the scope of internationalisation, strategic planning and implementation, and international partnerships. Dr Colin Powell, Associate Dean (International) of the School of Health Sciences, and Mr Aboubakr Fathalla, International Engagement Manager, discussed internationalisation in practice including Cardiff Met's own international activities and transnational education partnerships.
In order to support the implementation of the international strategies developed during the course Brian Morgan, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Creative Leadership and Enterprise Centre (CLEC), also delivered sessions on leadership in Higher Education in the areas of strategic change and objective setting.
Participants had the opportunity to discuss the ideas raised with their colleagues in breakout sessions and Q&A panels, and to begin formulating their own internationalisation strategies.
Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Pro Vice Chancellor (International), commented on the enthusiasm of the participants in the training: 'The university leaders showed their commitment to internationalisation and developing partnerships, which will ensure strong foundations on which to further develop and implement their strategies. On behalf of Cardiff Met, I would like to extend our thanks for the British Council Philippines and SMEC for their support with the programme.'
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