The Conference

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
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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

  1. To forge a common understanding of academic diplomacy in higher education;
  2. To determine how academic diplomacy support the university role in the creation of a ‘better global citizen;
  3. To strengthen the academic networks in Asia so that it can fully capture the potential of academic diplomacy;
  4. To consolidate and broaden perspectives on international academic partnerships focused on the development of international teaching and learning programs and joint research and innovation projects;
  5. To instilL the significance of strategic diplomatic approaches in the internationalization plan of higher education institutions.

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

  1. Improved awareness of the role of academic diplomacy in the internationalization of HEIs.
  2. Signed Memorandum of Understanding or Memorandum of Agreement among HEIs.
  3. Initial discussions made on research output sharing and joint research projects.
  4. Commitment among HEIs to integrate academic diplomacy in the internationalization of their respective organization.
  5. Exchange of invitations among participating HEIs for discussion / forum / observation / benchmarking visit in their university campuses.

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.


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