Category : Internationalization | Sub Category : Faculty and Students Posted on 2022-06-04 00:57:25
As part of the ACT-IHE program, Access and Competitiveness through the internalization of Higher Education (ACT-IHE) Project, organized by the British Council in coordination with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the CatSU faculty members participated in the conduct of cascade training for the faculty members of SUCs in the Bicol Region, entitled Access and Competitiveness through Internalization of Higher Education: English-medium Education (ACT-IHE:EME) Seminar-Workshop. The ACT-IHE EME embraces the concepts of English as a lingua franca and international communication that is also designed for the non-native speakers of English to accept the diversity of culture and variations of English language that are being used.
CatSU being the sole grantee of the ACT-IHE Project that is organized by the British Council and CHED, spearheaded the first batch of a three-day Cascade Training at the CatSU Accreditation Room that began on June 1, 2022. The capacity-building activity was led by the University’s Center for International Relations and Continuing Professional Development Services with its Director, Prof. Romeleen Go-Vela. Vice-president for Academic Affairs, Dr. Lily P. Custodio welcomed the participants on the first day, and CatSU President, Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza participated virtually with his thank you message.
Faculty members from CatSU underwent a virtual training facilitated by Professors Mary Page and Robert Baird from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom from October 2021 to March 2022. The aim of the training is to enhance the use of English medium of instruction in higher education institutions which can lead to further enhancement of the global competencies of faculty and students, and most especially, to strengthen the internationalization-at-home agenda of CHED.
In addition, the training focused on equipping higher education teachers with knowledge and skills in delivering subject content through the medium of English. The EME trainers were Prof. Moreno Tabios Jr., Prof. Anne F. Gianan, and the Director of CIRCPDS herself, Prof. Romeleen Go-Vela. The next batch is scheduled on June 21-23, 2022. On the second day, Dr. Jimmylen Tonio served as the resource speaker and discussed about “Should we speak like a Native speaker?”. while Vice-president for Research, Extension, and Production Affairs delivered his remarks at the closing ceremony.
The British Council is an international organization that builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. It is designed to help young people gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realize their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. British Council also support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognized qualifications.
This is a three-year project that seeks to widen access of learners to quality higher education and to build the competitiveness of Filipino universities. This collaboration by the British Council with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to implement the project ‘Access and Competitiveness through Internationalization of Higher Education (ACT-IHE)’ will contribute towards goals of modernizing the Philippine higher education sector through internationalization, transnational education (TNE) and English medium education (EME). #𝐂𝐕𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐬