Are Filipino Higher Education Students Getting Global? An Exploratory Study of a Private Higher Education in Batangas City, Philippines
This study evaluated the global competencies, skills and attitudes of the 247 first year students of the College of Business Administration in one of the private higher education institution in Batangas City, Philippines. An exploratory study through a self-constructed questionnaire assesses the manifestation of global competencies and the extent to which global skills and attitudes need improvements. Results revealed manifestations of global competencies including communicate effectively in English, wide understanding of the world, international understanding of their specialization and exhibit cross-cultural sensitivity and adaptability. Furthermore, the students affirmed the need for improvements in self-confidence, creativity, patience, flexibility, courage, interest in continuous learning, perseverance, independence, resourcefulness and self-awareness. The statistical test of difference showed that the global competency differs based on age and not on sex nor program of study. Since the identified set of global skills and attitudes are too complex, the university needs to expose their students more in the different international students’ development programs.