THE OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

(It was approved by the Board of Regents (Resolution No. 30 - 2014) during its 199th Meeting held on September 24, 2014, 12:00 noon at the Multi-purpose Room, 4th Floor, Cargohaus Bldg., Barangay Vitalez, NAIA Complex, Paranaque City)

I. BACKGROUND

The Central Luzon State University is currently facing the challenges of regionalization and globalization. The ASEAN Community 2015 for instance, promotes the ASEAN identity as it prepares its people for regional integration from the point of view of academic and cultural exchanges. With this concerted initiative among higher education institutions in the ASEAN region, a vibrant Southeast Asian regional higher education area is being envisioned. Thus in order to join in this cohesive direction of internationalization as part of the Philippine Higher Education Reform Agenda (PHERA), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has geared towards this vision by issuing several memoranda such as the ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) Program which is based on CMO No. 11 Series of 2014, the Policy – Standard to enhance quality assurance in Philippine Higher Education through an outcomes-based and typology – based quality assurance (CMO No. 46 Series of 2012) and the CMO No. 22 Series of 2013 on student internship abroad. Even before these initiatives, CLSU has a long history of embarking itself in internationalization efforts which was emphasized in its 2009-2013 Strategic Plan and was further reiterated in its 2014-2018 Strategic Plan. Its internationalization efforts can be manifested on an increased in the number of faculty scholars who completed their advanced degrees abroad, academic and scientific exchanges made among its international partner institutions and student internship both inbound and outbound. In order to sustain its efforts of putting CLSU in the global map and in order to be more visible and be more engaged pro-actively In the international arena, there is a need to establish the Office of International Affairs.

II. FUNCTIONS OF THE OFFICE

The proposed office is envisioned to plan, administer, manage, implement and evaluate the different international affairs of the university. The office shall also initially formulate institutional policies on internationalization which are anchored on national and international interests that will directly benefit the institution. The office shall be headed by:

The Director of International Affairs who shall be appointed by the University President must be a faculty member holding an earned doctoral degree with at least 5 years administrative experience. He/She shall:

  1. plan, administer, manage, implement and evaluate the activities of the international affairs of the university;
  2. represent the university concerning its affairs with the international community;
  3. formulate institutional policies on internationalization which are anchored on national and international interests that will directly benefit the institution and present to the concerned authorities for approval.

The Director of the office shall be supported by 2 faculty members or non academic staff as follows:

The Head of the Unit for Linkages and Intercultural Exchanges who shall be appointed by the University President upon the recommendation of the Director of International Affairs must be a faculty member or non academic staff with at least 3 years of administrative experience. He/she shall:

1. facilitate the establishment of networks, connections and collaborations among international partner institutions via signing of MOA, MOU or Letter of Undertaking;

2. plan and organize study visits for inbound visitors from international partners and outbound faculty members, staff and students;

3. update and maintain the international section in the CLSU home page;

4. receive and respond to queries from national and international partners concerning international affairs of the university,

5. organize and conduct cultural fellowship and sports activities among its international partners;

6. plan and implement scientific conferences, academic research student summit, workshops, and trainings while harnessing the vast human resources of the university and its international partners

7. manages local tours and home stays of international partners during their visit in the university;

8. plans the local itinerary of international guests during their visit in the university;

9. extend the Filipino hospitality for outbound and inbound official guests of the university.

10. maintains the viability and sustainability of its international journal and other publication.

The Head of the Unit for International Mobility who shall be appointed by the University President upon the recommendation of the Director of International Affairs must be a faculty member or non academic staff with at least 3 years of administrative experience. He/she shall:

  1. receive and process travel documents for outbound and inbound flow of human resources;
  2. foster international scientific and academic collaboration among its international partners
  3. arrange and oversee the international mobility of students, faculty members and staff of the inbound international partners and the university;

III. ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

Please refer to the attached sheet

IV. SUPPORT STAFF

Five administrative staff will be pooled from the existing human resources of the university to support the operations of the Office of International Affairs: