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25 FEBRUARY 2002. VOLUME 33. NUMBER 37. 4 PAGES 

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DLSU-M professors deliver lectures in PASCN symposium

De La Salle University-Manila participated in the sixth annual symposium of the Philippine APEC Study Center Network (PASCN) held at the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) in Pasig City last January 28.

Sponsored by PASCN, UA&P, and the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), the event carried the theme “Education and Globalization.” Dr. Allan Bernardo, dean of the College of Education, delivered the first lecture titled “International Higher Education: Models, Conditions, and Issues.”

For his part, Dr. Tereso Tullao Jr., professor and former dean of the College of Business and Economics, gave a lecture on “Domestic Regulations and the Trade in Services: The Role of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).”

On the other hand, Dr. Wilfrido Villacorta, political science professor and Yuchengco Center for East Asia president, graced the second part of the event for the launching of a book series on the Asia Pacific. He is the volume editor of “Coalition-Building and APEC.”

In his lecture, Bernardo reviewed the definition of international higher education, noting that the concept of internationalization might be best approached with reference to specific approaches and constructions of internationalization in domains of policy, process, types of activities, among others. He added that the two strong agenda in various internationalization activities are traditional internationalization and globalization.

Bernardo noted that in the Philippines, the truly international programs are limited to elite institutions, which have highly trained faculty members and adequate libraries and research facilities, among others. To improve the prospects of internationalizing, he said that the quality and the efficiency of Philippine higher education must be strengthened and access to it be improved. He added that the external environment must be conducive and supportive of international education activities.

Meanwhile, Tullao reviewed the basis for the domestic regulations under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). He proposed various measures that would contribute to the development of higher education in the country and improve the global competitiveness of Filipino professionals.

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