|PROGRAM TITLE||SPARKS 2017 (Synergizing Partnerships in Advancing Research, Knowledge and Service)|
|THEME||Fusing Strength in Bridging Academic Diplomacy in Higher Education in Asia|
|DATE||September 15-16, 2017 (Friday-Saturday) Detailed Schedule.|
|LOCATION||Novotel Hotel - General Aguinaldo Ave, Cubao, Quezon City, 0810 Metro Manila|
|HOSTING ORGANIZATIONS||CHED in cooperation with Our Lady of Fatima University|
B. CONFERENCE SUMMARY/INTRODUCTION
The global stage is advancing towards a more open and competitive sharing of knowledge in accordance with today’s upswing of technology. This calls for a creative integration of Academic Diplomacy that will serve as a catalyst for sustainable growth among higher education institutions towards border-less academe.
Academic Diplomacy should be strictly observed in mentoring our modern generations. One of its purposes is to foster “international meeting of minds” to clarify local and international issues, and work towards a shared understanding and providing solutions to current problems (Farrelly, 2015). International networking among industries follow this concept. In a global concern such as climate change for example, bold new ideas and research ﬁndings as expressed by representatives of different countries experiencing different climate change issues, and are considered to assist political leaders ﬁnd relevant and signiﬁcant solutions (King, 2015).
The Our Lady of Fatima University is committed to advance and spearhead the development of Academic Diplomacy among higher educational institutions in the Philippines, to further aid in the internationalization of educational programs. In line with this, related industries universities are expected to support their students and faculty on international events, put importance on the university research agenda, and encourage its stakeholders to voice out their stand on timely local and international issues t. Through academic diplomacy, Philippine education can step up with the international demands of a more open, competitive, and dynamic education system.
Farrelly, Nicholas (2015, June 24) Academic diplomacy in the 21st century. Retrieved from www.newmandala.org King, Amy (2015, June 25) Hot ideas for a warming world: sharing solutions to tackle global challenges. Retrieved from www.policyforum.net
C. CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES
D. TARGET AUDIENCE
There will be about 250 total participants to this event. Invitation will be given to Education Leaders and International Affair Ofﬁcers of Philippine Universities (private and SUCs) representing Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao areas, International University Partners of Our Lady of Fatima University, representatives from CHED, international association groups such as UMAP, accreditation bodies such as FAAP, ACSCU-AAI, PACUCOA, and PAASCU.
E. TARGET OUTCOME
F. INTERNATIONAL/ REGIONAL (ASEAN) COMMITMENTS FULFILLED BY THE ACTIVITY
This proposed activity hopes to promote and strengthen academic diplomacy in higher education through enhanced student/faculty discussions and exchanges, joint an sharing of research, and improved education mobility. It also aims to promote a sense of community among the ASEAN HEIs towards the internationalization of higher education in the region.