THE Philippines aims to build eight world-class universities in the next three years in a bid to develop globally competitive higher education institutions (HEIs).
“Being globally competitive means being world class. An institution that cannot compete against the best in the world would have difficulties competing in the global arena,” said Commissioner on Higher Education (Ched) Commissioner Ruperto Sangalang during a recent National Education Forum.
Sangalang said globally competitive universities have high quality campus and well equipped buildings and facilities, have outstanding leaders with global vision and strategies, and enjoy academic freedom and autonomous governance structures.
He said such universities also exhibit international excellence in research and teaching, effectiveness in the internalization of programs and attract the best and brightest domestically and abroad.
Sangalang said Ched should come up with policies to support the effort to make HEIs more competitive.
While funding is critical in pushing institutions to become globally competitive, he noted that money cannot buy a world class university.
Resource requirements to develop world-class universities were estimated at P45 billion in the next three years until 2016.
“In the end, it is leadership at all levels, from the very top to the level of the institution that will determine the success of any undertaking, from governance structures and policies to implementation,” Sangalang said.
“Without this requirement, no amount of funding will help us achieve our vision of being competitive even at the level of the Asean,” he said. (PhilExport)