PEDAGOGY OF HIGHER EDUCATION: SCAFFOLDING THE CONTEXT AND EXPLORING THE CHALLENGES, AND OPPORTUNITIES OF UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONALIZATION
This inquiry aimed to describe the extent of understanding, and level of readiness of the university in internationalization, and to explore the opportunities and challenges in Internationalization as perceived by the teaching workforce of the QSU, Cabarroguis Campus. A total of 55 faculty members participated in the inquiry through a semi-structured questionnaire and open-ended questions via a google form. The study highlighted the following results, precisely: It was noted that the faculty members had a High Extent of Understanding of the context of internationalization. Likewise, the faculty members perceived that the university is Moderately Ready as to the readiness to internationalization. On the other hand, five (5) themes were generated on the perceived opportunities of internationalization, namely: Global Job Opportunities and Experience of Students, Opportunities for networking and Collaboration, Leverage of Academic Quality Standards of the University, Opportunities for benchmarking Global Best Practices in Higher Education, and Exposure of students to different cultures and perspectives. Moreover, there were also five (5) themes generated along with the perceived challenges of internationalization, specifically: The Challenge of Improving facility/Infrastructure to State of Art Facilities, the Challenge of mobility and exchanges for students and teachers, the Challenge of the COVID19 Pandemic, Challenge on program Streamlining to International Context, and Challenge on funding and sustainable income generation. Hence, the result of the study could be a comprehensive benchmark in conceptualizing or enhancing the Internationalization Road Map of the university.
Internationalization, Network, Challenges, Opportunities, Readiness