Balik Scientist Program (BSP) and the Return of Filipinos Educated Abroad

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Inero V. Ancho
Sae-hoon Park


In the era of globalization, international education has been one of the subjects frequently explored as research topics. There is no doubt that globalization as a theme has also invaded the four walls of the classroom. The cooperation being undertaken by academic institutions has created a big mark in the international setting as it affirms the existence of a borderless world pressing for global understanding via promotion and extension of opportunities for study abroad. The experience abroad provides students with important concepts not only acquired within the classroom setting, but it also allows them to generate a better perspective of the society; thus, it contributes to the intellectual, social and emotional enhancement of the students. Coming home after being overseas for years offers opportunities, benefits and challenges. This paper analyzes the Balik Scientist Program (BSP) of the Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology (DOST), along with other concerns that impact the implementation of the four-decade old program. A comparative approach on existing brain gain efforts initiated by other countries is also conducted. By addressing budgetary concerns and system orientation, it is expected that BSP as a brain gain mechanism could be strengthened. The program needs to forge ties clearly with other related public agencies and private entities to realize its goals fully.


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