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Lobregat supports institutionalizing transnational educ in PH

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Congressman Celso Lobregat expressed his full support in the approved House Bill 4565 which seeks to establish the legal framework for the creation, operation, administration, and coordination of transnational higher education in the country., which has passed yesterday in the House committee on higher and technical education chaired by Rep. Ann Hofer (2nd District, Zamboanga Sibugay).

The bill defines Transnational Higher Education (TNHE) as “all types and modes of delivery of higher education study programs, sets of courses study, or educational services, including distance education and study-abroad programs, which involve education systems of a State different from the State where a TNHE provider operates, or programs which may operate independently of any national education system.”

The bill also provides measures to address the barriers in the country’s legislative and regulatory framework to facilitate the operation of transnational education institutions and the enrolment of foreign students in the country.

Lobregat expressed full support for the bill, describing it as a very timely and laudable measure. The solon represents Hofer in the board of directors of all the State Colleges and Universities here in Zamboanga City.

Congresswoman Hofer said one better way to learn the best practices of developed countries, especially in economic modernization and social development, is to expose the Filipinos to the methods and techniques of the said countries’ educational system, which may be adopted and integrated into our country’s educational system.

The bill declares it is the policy of the Sate:

1. To provide quality education that is relevant to the changing needs of the people and society;

2. To recognize that rapid developments brought about by globalization, including liberalization of trade in good and services and expanding use of information and communication technologies, have created a climate for borderless teaching and learning;

3. To actively encourage, promote, and accelerate the establishment of transnational education institutions in the country, and to take an active part in developing the Transnational Higher Education sector; and

4. To strengthen educational, cultural, social, economic, and political bonds between Philippine and foreign institutions of higher learning; and develop collaborative arrangements between and among Philippine universities and training institutes, on one hand, and foreign universities, on the other.

Moreover, the bill provides the following principles for the establishment, ownership and administration of transnational higher education institutions:

a. All educational institutions shall be owned solely by citizens of the Philippines or corporations or associations at least 60 per centum of the capital of which is owned by such citizens; except in the instances provided in the succeeding sub-paragraph (b);

b. The above sub-paragraph does not apply to educational institutions established by religious groups and mission boards;

c. No educational institution shall be established exclusively for aliens and no group of aliens shall comprise more than one-third of the enrolment in any school, except in the instances provided in sub-paragraph (e);

d. The control and administration of educational institutions shall be vested in citizens of the Philippines; and

e. The provisions of sub-paragraph (a), (c), and (d) of this Section do not apply to schools established for foreign diplomatic personnel and their dependents, and for other foreign temporary residents.

f. Validation, where an HEI agrees to award its own degree to students who complete a program from an HEI in another country. – Dexter Yap




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