Student Mobility in Internationalization Initiatives of Selected HEIs: Experiences

Conference: The Asian Conference on Asian Studies (ACAS2022)
Title: Student Mobility in Internationalization Initiatives of Selected HEIs: Experiences
Stream: South-East Asian Studies (including Thailand/Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Renelee Subsuban, University of Mindanao, Philippines


Internationalization initiatives particularly student mobility has been slowly transforming the academic landscape of selected higher education institutions (HEIs) in Davao region, Philippines. However, as HEIs continuously interact with their foreign partners there are certain environmental constraints and institutional limitations that can be a challenge in the operation of student mobility. Based on experiences of the key respondents, the environmental factors affecting student mobility are the rigid Philippine government policy and unstable peace and order situation in Mindanao. Meanwhile, institutional limitations include: limited budget, unequal student flow, no international house for exchange students, school administrators lack of experiences and capabilities, student mobility is not a priority, foreign curriculum does not match with Philippine curriculum, and calendar difference between Philippine HEIs and foreign HEIs. Implications of these experiences to theory, policy, and present practices of Philippine HEIs are also discussed.

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