Importance Of Higher Education In The Philippines

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Communication Education in the Higher
Education Sector
As far as communication education and training in the Philippines is concerned, the higher education sector is the biggest and most important contributor for preparing students for the communication and media professions. Most tertiary institutions, generically called higher education institutions are licensed, controlled and supervised by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Higher education institutions in the Philippines are either colleges or universities, and are generally classified as public or private. Colleges are tertiary institutions that typically offer one or a few specialized courses, for example, in the sciences or in liberal arts (including communication-related), or in specific professional courses, such as nursing, computing or communication and media studies. The landscape and number of institutions and students of the Philippine higher education sector is shown in Figure 6 below. In 2014, records from CHED showed that the country had 1,871 (88%) higher education institutions, 1652 (88%) of which are private institutions and 219 (12%) state-run colleges and universities excluding 442 satellite campuses of the latter for an overall total of 2,313 (Bautista, 2014). Furthermore, there are a total of 3.3 million higher education students in the Philippines, with 1.89 million (57%) enrolled in private institutions and 1.42 million (43%) in public institutions of higher learning (Bautista, 2014). As

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