The 11 TH ALCUCOA Annual Conference was held at the Century Park Hotel in Malate, Manila last October 9 – 10, 2018. Centered on the theme ‘Internationalization of Philippine Higher Education,’ the conference was attended by the association’s forty-five member LCUs. Participants, mostly presidents and school heads from all corners of the archipelago, came to attend the conference.
Among the roster of distinguised speakers on the first day of the Conference were the Honorable Angel Alcala, former CHED Chairman and Chairman of the National Network for Quality Assurance Agencies, Keynote speaker Atty. Lily Freida M. Milla, Director of International Affairs Staff of the Commission on Higher Education, ALCU and University of Makati President Prof. Tomas B. Lopez, Jr, Hopkins International Partners General Manager Mr. Rex Wallen Tan, panel discussants Dr. Mona D. Valisno former DepEd Secretary and CHED Commissioner, Dr. Clotilde N. Arcangel, Former UST College of Education Dean, and Bro Armin F. Luistro, FSC fromer DepEd Secretary and De La Salle Unversity President, and plenary speaker Marianne Joy A. Vital, Asian Development Bank Consultant.
Day 1 is loaded with inputs on Internalization of Philippine Higher Education: Challenges and Prospects for LCUs for the first plenary; Strategic Initiativesin Basic Education: Prelude to the Internationalization of Higher Education for the second plenary; and, ThePhilippine Landscape Amidst Shifting Tides: Reshaping the Future of Education for the third plenary.
Plenary 4 on the second day was opened by Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, former CHED Chairperson and Miriam College President who talked about “Philippine Initiatives for Internationalization of Higher Education. She was followed by Prof. Ma. Christina G. Aquino, CHE, Executive Director of the Department of Linkages and Standards of the Lyceum of the Philippines University whose talk dealt with ‘Understanding Framework for Internationalizastion of Higher Education.
Mr. Andreas Dernbach, Project Coordinator of the K-12 Plus Project talked about ‘Bridging Gaps Through Technical Vocational Education while Mr. Karol Mark R. Yee. Youthworks Philippines Chief of Party and Senior Research Fellow of the University of thePhilippines tackled ‘The Future of Qualifications Towards a Diverse and Inclusive Philippine Educational System.
Testimonials about the accomplishments of their LCUs and the role they play in the internationalization of Higher Education were delivered by Dr. Richard G. Daenos, the College President of the City College of Angeles, Dr. Imelda P. Soriano, College President of Gordon College, and Dr. Elyxzur C. Ramos, CESE, the Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of Makati.
Adding to the significance of the Conference is the awarding of Effective Partner’s Award to theLand Bank of the Philippines Guadalupe Branch, Legend Villas Hotel and the Far Eastern University. The University of Makati, Urdaneta City University, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela, Universidad de Manila, Ilocos Sur Community College, City College of Calamba and Gordon College received the Academic Excellence in Education for producing topnotch board examination takers. The Human Resource award was given to Mabalacat City College, City College of Calamba, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa, Dalubhasaan ng Lungsod ng San Pablo, San Mateo Municipal College, and Kapalong College of Agriculture, Science & Technology for sending delegates to all the ALCUCOA conferences and capability training programs.
Special award was conferred to Taguig City University for sending the Capability Training Delegation.
The Conference winded with the General Assembly where member LCUs were updated with the status reports, financial accountability, and future undertakings of the ALCUCOA. University of Makati Executive Vice President and ALCUCOA President, Dr. Raymundo P. Arcega chaired the General Assembly.
True to the ALCUCOA thrust to improve the quality of instruction, research, and extension of its member schools and to provide value public tertiary education, this conference raises higher education standards to global level.