Technological Institute of the Philippines

T.I.P. Official in Education USA Leadership Institutes

T.I.P.’s vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Cynthia C. Llanes is among the 39 college and university administrators and government officials from 22 countries who participated in the inaugural round of the EducationUSA Leadership Institutes, a new initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The goal of the Leadership Institutes is to increase understanding of U.S. higher education and provide a unique opportunity for reciprocal knowledge exchange between the United States and participating countries.

The Leadership Institutes are initiative of the State Department’s EducationUSA network, which includes hundreds of advising centers around the world that provide prospective international students with accurate, current, and comprehensive information about U.S. higher education while supporting U.S. colleges’ and universities’ international student recruitment efforts.

Each Leadership Institute consisted of pre-departure virtual training sessions, a three-day orientation in Washington, DC, an 11-day academic residency, and follow-on virtual trainings for two to four months after participants return to their home country. These four components will help participants to increase their understanding of U.S. higher education and build capacity within their own educational systems and campuses. The first three EducationUSA Leadership Institutes each hosted a group of 12 to15 foreign college or university administrators or government officials, who were selected from a highly-qualified and competitive pool of applicants.

Dr. Llanes attended professional development sessions under the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Leadership Institute hosted by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in Washington, D.C. The training provided the participants with insight into both U.S. and international accreditation and quality assurance frameworks.

The two other focus topics are the Private-Industry Sector Linkages & Innovation Leadership Institute exploring the collaboration between higher education and the private sector around workforce development, R&D, and curricular reform and Campus Internationalization: Institutional Structures covering best practices for international recruitment and retention as well as the promotion of study abroad for U.S. students.