Scholarship, training grants await qualified HEIs’ faculty, staff in Canada

MANILA-- To promote greater capacity building and education and research collaboration, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) -- with support from the Canadian Embassy -- have signed an agreement on Friday formalizing the implementation of various education programs in Canada.

The collaboration will facilitate mobility programs for Higher Education Institution (HEI) faculty and staff in the Philippines to pursue graduate degrees, and offer training programs on institutional internationalization, second career education, and community college best practices.

"We remain committed to forging new partnerships with the goal of granting scholarships and capacity-building opportunities to our college faculty and staff. We look forward to strengthening their academic qualifications and enhancing their teaching through mobility and training programs in collaboration with Canadian universities," CHED Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan said.

Primarily represented by Mr. Basel Alashi, Vice President for International Partnerships, the CBIE is known for having linkages to 150 academic institutions and has supported, designed, and implemented over 100 international projects in 60 countries. More importantly, it has helped over 30,000 students from 60 countries to gain admission to Canada's education system at all levels since 1966.

Qualified HEI faculty and staff will be awarded scholarships to earn their Master's and PhDs in preparation for future academic positions, educational leadership, research and policy formulation, and teacher training in the Philippines.

Aside from graduate school scholarships, Licuanan said that faculty and staff could also apply for training programs on institutional internationalization of HEIs. The program will provide assistance in the development of implementation strategies, partnership-building curriculum development, research opportunities, and funding mechanisms.

Faculty and staff may also choose to be trained on second career program or adult education, which focuses on the strategies and methods geared towards meeting the specific needs and abilities of adult learners. Participants will explore the principles of pedagogy, curriculum development, and assessment and evaluation techniques relating to mature students.

Another training program will highlight Canadian best practices in community colleges at both the Ministry and institutional level. Participants will be exposed to educational programs for skills development, applied research, industry and community partnerships, and governance and leadership strategies at the community college level to support the development of an overarching framework for community colleges in the Filipino context.

"Let me express our deepest thanks to the Canadian Embassy and the CBIE for all the hard work that went into transforming our aspirations into reality, which we in CHED are equally committed to seeing through during this K to 12 Transition. We also extend our thanks to the HEIs who responded to the call of CHED to take part in these pioneer initiatives," Licuanan added.

The CHED K to 12 Transition Program is a five-year effort aimed at the strategic development of HEIs and personnel during the transition period from 2016 to 2021. The Program includes a range of programs to support faculty and staff through scholarships for master's and doctoral programs, non-degree programs, as well as institutional grants for HEIs.

Source: Philippines News Agency