Philippine Higher Education Institutions’ Responses to Climate Change
The paper presents an analysis of higher education institutions (HEIs) as an important sector in addressing climate change issues through carrying out their intrinsic functions of instruction, research and capacity building. The huge amount of resources, expertise and knowledge in the hands of HEIs, particularly state universities and colleges (SUCs) strongly suggest the able fulfillment of their mandate under the Climate Change Act of 2009. A desk analysis of information gathered from websites, government budgets and related resources on 115 SUCs and selected private HEIs show an encouraging amount of responses in terms of integrating climate change issues into curricula, researches, capacity building, community engagement and external linkages, with some HEIs being more accomplished than others. However, efforts remain uncoordinated, and urgency in achieving commitments is absent. Much remains to be accomplished in asserting the role of HEIs in addressing climate change issues and for HEIs themselves to monitor their own pledges to Mother Earth.
KeywordsPhilippine state universities and colleges Higher education institutions Climate change
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