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Twinning Programs & Accreditation – Transnational Education

Inter-Ed has been actively involved in Twinning Programs for many years. Today the expression frequently used for Twinning Programs is Transnational Education or TNE. In essence, TNE is “The provision of education for students based in a country other than the one in which the awarding institution is located.” 

Inter-Ed brought the Swiss Hotel Management School “Les Roches” to the Philippines in 1980, and ten years later, set up twinning programs with St. Scholastica, Holy Spirit and St. Paul’s Colleges, where students spent one year in Switzerland as part of their HRM degree and took advantage of the Swiss training in Kitchen and Food Production, followed by a 6 month paid internship. This was followed by a similar program with LaSalle College in Montreal, Canada for Garment Design and Production with College of the Holy Spirit.

1998 saw the establishment of TNE programs at Southville International School Affiliated With Foreign Universities (SISFU) where UK Certificates, Diplomas, Higher National Diplomas, Bachelor Degrees and Masters Degree were delivered with the awards and qualifications conferred by the UK institutions and universities. This was shortly followed by Australian Advanced Diplomas and Bachelor Degrees.

WASC_logoIn the early 2000s Inter-Ed assisted its Les Roches alumni to get together with their alma mater and set up Enderun College with its hotel management programs, and also brought LaSalle College of Montreal to set up their Fashion and Textile Design and Manufacturing courses with St. Scholastica College.

In addition to colleges, Inter-Ed also worked with emerging International Secondary Schools to assist them in embedding international curriculum (e.g. the IB Diploma), gaining international accreditation (e.g. Western Association of Schools and Colleges, USA) and setting up an International School League for Sports within the Philippines. Southville International School, Reedley international School, Domuscola International School and Stonyhurst Southville International School were all beneficiaries of this and others are on-going.British Council_Logo

Recently Inter-Ed completed a research project for the British Council, mapping TNE Engagement in the Philippines so see which secondary schools and which colleges/universities are currently engaged in TNE and which are considering taking on TNE programs. The report of this research will be available from the British Council in the near future. The launch of the report coincided with the British Council signing an Front Page BC Report - Smallagreement with the Commission on Higher Education for CHED innovation grants for TNE programs and matching grants from the British Council. Inter-Ed is currently working with colleges and universities to align them with TNE programs from the UK that will match the needs of their institutions.

Whether you run an emerging international secondary school, a college/university that wants to offer TNE programs, or gain international accreditation, Inter-Ed can brainstorm, advise and implement TNE or twinning programs with you, saving considerable time, effort and money.

Call us now on 819-1001 and ask to set an appointment with Roger Bartholomew