CHED, France ink scholarship pact for HEI teachers

Jan. 05, 2017

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—The Commission on Higher Education and the Embassy of France officially signed a partnership agreement that would grant full scholarship to college teachers to pursue graduate studies in France.

The co-funded scholarship program, which is seen as CHED’s continuing support to college faculty and non-teaching staff during the K to 12 transition, will be offered through the PhilFrance Scholarships of the Embassy of France and under the CHED K to 12 Transition Program.

“With the K to 12 transition in full swing, faculty in higher education institutions have less workload and more chances to upgrade their academic qualifications. I urge our college faculty and staff to enroll in graduate programs, which are being offered not only in local institutions but now in top universities in France as well,” CHED Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan said in a statement Thursday.

CHED said the program will be offered academic year 2017-2018 and it includes waivers for state-regulated tuition and visa fees, health care coverage, and priority for subsidized student housing will be shouldered by the French government, among others.

Travel and living allowances will be given by CHED to the selected scholars.  The CHED-PhilFrance Scholarship Program’s thrust, according to CHED, is “to award scholarships to promising college faculty and non-teaching staff affected by the K to 12 implementation who have shown strong academic, leadership and professional ability.”

Ambassador of France to the Philippines Thierry Mathou said that pursuing education in France will also contribute greatly in strengthening tourism and engineering programs in the Philippines, both of which are fields of excellence in the French economy.”

“CHED and the Embassy of France to the Philippines have been working closely together for many years to enhance ties between the academic and scientific communities of our two countries. The CHED-PhilFrance Scholarship program is the latest manifestation of these efforts and will lead to the improvement of both Philippine and French research capacities,” she added. (

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