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OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

RATIONALE

        As a chartered institution of higher learning in the province, Batangas State University (BSU) believes that the provision of quality and relevant education may become more efficient and competent if internationalization of teaching, research, and scholarship of faculty and staff is promoted and enhanced.

        The BSU academic community has always looked forward to establishing strong linkages with foreign universities/institutions in order to enrich the quality of BSU instruction and research as well as provide opportunities for sharing its expertise with these highly reputed institutions. Quite naturally, the meaning of the expression “World-Class”, especially in the realm of higher education institutions, bring the idea that such institution “has obtained a standard which is universally accepted as superior” and therefore has the ability to attract a significant number of stakeholder.

        It is for this rationale that the Office of International Affairs (OIA) was created. To established international partnerships and academic linkages with world-renowned universities and other academic institutions abroad is its primary interest. Essentially, the office recognizes the immediate need for higher education institution like BSU to keep abreast with the demands for development, particularly in the enrichment of faculty knowledge and skills in research, science, information and communication technology. In the process of acquisition of new learning, BSU could be in a better position to address the crucial global issues of international peace and understanding, equitable social and economic development, and improvement in a competitive world market system. This global perspective may provide the foundation for the development of curricula responsive to the demands of a rapidly changing society. As such, the Office of International Affairs serves as a central repository of information on international institutional activities and on the university’s linkages around the globe.

GOALS

        In order to strengthen and broaden linkages with institutions of higher learning and other agencies abroad in the fields of instruction, research, and other areas of cooperation, BSU’s Office of International Affairs aims to:


        1. Work closely with other units and with the University’s central administration to institutionalize global education. This is done by streamlining policies and practices to facilitate funding for international travel and involvement by BSU faculty and staff.

        2. Help institutionalize BSU faculty and staff through interactions with international counterparts by carefully choosing partner institutions for comprehensive, mutually beneficial relationships like faculty exchanges, visiting professorship, and joint research.

        3. Serve as BSU’s liaison office for international activities, providing an outlet for faculty interested in being involved in externally funded projects.

MANDATE

        Formally created by the Board of Trustees on April, 2001, the OIA is primarily mandated to:

1. Identify complementary areas of interest in the educational curriculum through extensive research, study and consultation with the universities and units concerned.
2. Study and evaluate request for joint programs and/for consortium arrangements.
3. Explore various external educational foundations and tap them for funding assistance as in the case research fellowships and scholarships.

CREATING LINKAGES

        Batangas State University (BSU) formerly Pablo Borbon Memorial Institute of Technology (PBMIT) has maintained its linkages with a number of international institutions for the last ten years. Like other institutions of higher learning, BSU’s international Linkages began with informal ties between scholars of foreign institutions and BSU’s faculty members or in some other cases, through the university’s local consortium with other universities. These linkages are classified under informal linkages of BSU.

        The so-called ‘official’ or formal linkages of BSU may be created through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between or among overseas institutions. These specify the nature, duration, terms and conditions of the academic exchange. The president of the university may initiate linkages during foreign visits or upon receiving guests/officials from other institutions. Also, other links may be created by the Colleges/Departments with foreign universities in which they have similar or common programs.

        Linkages normally take the form of faculty exchange and/or visiting professorship, joint research programs, and exchange of academic materials.

REQUIREMENTS FOR FORMAL LINKAGE

        1. MOA/MOU (for either short-term or long-term agreements)
        2. Consortium Agreement (for consortium arrangements)
        3. Government of the Philippines Bilateral/Multilateral Agreements

CURRENT LINKAGE

        The BSU-Daejon Theological Seminary and College joint program is the first formal international linkage of the University. The program, which began in October 2001, includes the offering of an intensive course in AB Philosophy among Korean scholars and an opportunity for BSU faculty members to conduct lectures abroad, thereby giving them international exposure.

        The MOA between BSU and Daejon Theological Seminary and College (DTSC) was signed in June 13, 2001. Two representatives from each institution (BSU President and Vice President for Administration and Finance, and DTSC’s Dean of Academic Affairs and College Correspondent to the Philippines) were present to officially commence the program.

This program covers the teaching of the following subjects areas:

        Philosophy
        Conversational English for Non-English-Speaking Students
        Philippine History and Culture
        Economics and Management

        The first batch of Korean students have complied with the requirements of the course and joined the commencement exercises in March 24, 2002. For the next five years, the joint program is hoped to strengthen academic benefits and mutual cooperation between the Philippines and South Korea.

TARGET LINKAGES
        - School of Education, Flinders University of South Australia
        - India
        - John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard
        - Poham University, South Korea
        - School of Comparative Education, City University of Hong Kong

Inquiries may be directed to:
        Director, Office of International Affairs
        2nd Floor, Administration Building,
        Batangas State University Main Campus 1,
        Batangas City, Philippines
        Email: bsu@batstate-u.edu.ph