Leadership Development Program for Higher Education Institutions in Southeast Asia

Levelling up university leaders in Southeast Asia

Quick Facts:

  • 21-25 January 2019
  • SEARCA, College, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines
  •  28 December 2018 (for those applying for the competitive limited training support) and 31 December 2018 (for fee-paying participants)
  • Dr. Nova A. Ramos, Program Specialist, ;

About the Program

Higher education institutions (HEIs) in Southeast Asia face a growing number of challenges, among them the massification, diversification, internationalization, and marketization of higher education.

In addition, there are challenges specific to Southeast Asian HEIs, including the need to keep in step with the ASEAN International Mobility of Students (AIMS) initiative, gain recognition through the ASEAN University Rankings system, and prepare themselves for the unique local and regional challenges that come with the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) agenda.

For Southeast Asian HEIs to effectively address these issues, a critical determinant would be the quality and capacity of their leadership. HEI leaders must be forward-looking, receptive to innovation and change, and possess strong people leadership and strategic management skills. This would ensure that HEIs are able to leverage their competitive advantage in offering relevant, context-specific learning experiences.

In this regard, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and The HEAD Foundation co-organized this leadership development program that is designed as a capacity building workshop for administrators, middle and senior managers, and academic leaders of HEIs in Southeast Asia.

The program aimed to provide a platform for higher education leadership in the context of local and regional contemporary challenges. In addition, through exercises involving environmental scans, design thinking, and strategic management, the program aimed to engage participants in identifying and prioritizing some cross-cutting issues that need to be addressed in light of the rapidly changing needs of industry and the workplace. At the end of the program, participants prepared a strategic agenda for submission to their own HEI management, which included action points embodying their take-home lessons on educational and managerial leadership.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) endorsed this program to all public and private higher education institutions in the Philippines.

Who Should Apply?

The intended participants of the program were 25 administrators, middle and senior managers, and university leaders of HEIs in Southeast Asia who are at least master's degree holders and are newly appointed leaders or are poised for leadership positions in the near future.

Program Objectives

Participants of this leadership development program for HEIs were expected to be able to:

  1. Articulate on the current challenges facing Southeast Asian HEIs in the face of rapidly changing internal and external environments;
  2. Discuss present-day principles and best practices in leadership and management in higher education as asserted by experts and seasoned administrators, as well as by fellow participants;
  3. Analyze contemporary issues and problems in higher education leadership and management; and
  4. Propose strategic actions to address the current challenges and to take advantage of present opportunities facing their respective HEIs in particular and higher education in Southeast Asia in general.

Expected Outputs

Participants prepared their strategic agenda or action points for submission to their respective University managements. These embodied their take-home lessons on educational and managerial leadership from the program, and addressing their priority needs for levelling up in step with the upcoming AEC agenda.

Program Content and Approach

The Program covered the following topics:

  1. Challenges, Issues, and Opportunities: Analysis of External Factors and Positioning of HEIs
  2. Preparing for the Journey into Leadership: Knowing your Strengths
  3. Understanding Change: Leadership at a Time of Change- Values and Ethics
  4. Strategic Management
  5. Design Thinking
  6. Human Capital Development in HEIs
  7. Disruptive Technologies in Teaching and Learning
  8. Quality Assurance in Teaching and Learning
  9. ASEAN Mutual Recognition Framework
  10. Transitioning from Management to Leadership

This one-week program used a variety of adult learning methods, including lecture-discussions, Q&A, case analyses, simulations, and workshops. Workshop outputs were presented in plenary sessions, intended to promote exchange of ideas to assess and to suggest improvements to workshop outputs.

Program Duration and Venue

21-25 January 2019 | SEARCA, College, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

Program Fees

Regular Rate
USD 1,365.00
(PHP 72,782.00)
  • Cost of tuition
  • Full board and lodging for six days (inclusive of dinners)
  • Program materials
  • Airport transfers in the Philippines
USD 1,002.00
(PHP 53,427.00)
  • Cost of tuition
  • Program materials
  • Course meals
Subsidized Rate (Applicable to government employees only)
USD 570.00
(PHP 30,393.00)
  • Cost of tuition
  • Full board and lodging for six days (inclusive of dinners)
  • Program materials
  • Airport transfers in the Philippines
USD 438.00
(PHP 23,355.00)
  • Cost of tuition
  • Program materials
  • Course meals
All other expenses associated with the program (international air travel, visa, airport terminal fees, travel/health insurance, and other personal expenses) were at the participants' own expense. Accommodation was on a twin-sharing basis. Participants who wished to have single occupancy rooms needed to pay an additional charge of USD138.00 (PHP7,410.00), to be added to the program fee.

NOTE: Limited training support was open only to qualified nationals of SEAMEO member countries (i.e., Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam).


The deadline for application with limited training support is 28 December 2018. Deadline for registration of all other applicants is 31 December 2018.

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