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December 19, 2023

A Delegation of the Secretariat of the Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU) visited Australian Catholic University in North Sydney, Australia, from 12 to 17 December, 2023.

The Executive Secretary of ASEACCU, Rector of the University of Saint Joseph Macao (USJ), Rev’d Prof. Stephen Morgan, led a delegation of members of the staff of USJ, including the Vice-Rector for Internationalization and Academic Affairs, Prof. Álvaro Barbosa, Vice-Rector for Student Affairs, Dr. Teresa Loong and the Manager of International Affairs, Mrs. Ana Paula Mota, on a visit to the Australian Catholic University (ACU), North Sydney. 

The ASEACCU delegation was warmly welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor and President of ACU, Prof. Zlatko Skrbis, and the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Global and Education Pathways, Mr. Chris Riley.  This visit aimed to discuss the logistic preparations, activities, financial arrangements and timeline for work related with the 30th ASEACCU Annual Conference.

During this visit, the ASEACCU Secretariat held two meetings in hybrid mode at ACU’s North Sydney campus, namely the Executive Board and the Steering Committee meeting. The debriefing on the 29th ASEACCU Annual Conference held at Saint Louis University (SLU), Baguio, Philippines and other matters related to the association were discussed during the Executive Board meeting. On the other hand, the Steering Committee meeting focused on the preparation of the 30th ASEACCU Annual Conference, which will be held next year in ACU North Sydney, followed by two site tours, the Ibis Styles, Sydney Central, where it was proposed to host the student delegates of member institutions at, and the Mary MacKillop place for the faculty and staff delegates of the 30th ASEACCU Annual Conference in August 2024.

On behalf of ASEACCU, Rev. Prof. Morgan expressed his gratitude to the SLU Rector, Rev. Fr. Gilbert Sales, CICM and his team members for the service rendered with the outstanding organization of the 29th ASEACCU Annual Conference, and to the ACU North Sydney Executive Secretariat, reassuring the full support of the ASEACCU Secretariat on the preparation and organization of the upcoming Conference.

ACU is a member institution and Executive Board member of ASEACCU. The 30th ASEACCU Annual Conference will be hosted next year in August 2024 at ACU North Sydney.

[From Left to Right: Professor Álvaro Barbosa (USJ, Macao), Rector Rev. Fr. Albertus Laksana SJ (Universitas Sanata Dharma, Indonesia), Mr Chris Riley (ACU, Australia),  Rev. Professor Stephen Morgan (USJ, Macao), Mr Phon Sophal (Saint Paul Insitute, Cambodia), Mrs Ana Paula Mota (USJ, Macao)]


[From Left to Right: Mrs Isis Kowaliauskas (ACU, Australia), Dr Teresa Loong (USJ, Macao), Professor Álvaro Barbosa (USJ, Macao) and Mrs Ana Paula Mota (USJ, Macao)]


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November 24, 2023

The University of Saint Joseph (USJ), as a member of both organizations, actively participated in the “36th International Conference AUAP Annual Conference”, themed “Utilizing Institutional Assets to Enhance Global Outreach.” The conference was held from 17 to 18 November 2023 and was organised by the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP)California Baptist University (CBU), California, USA in collaboration with Siam University Bangkok, Thailand and Asian Cooperation Dialogue – University Network (ACD-UN), Kuwait.

In a significant development, the Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU), represented by its Executive Secretary,  Reverend Prof. Stephen Morgan, and Dr. Md. Saber Khan, President of AUAP, formalised their collaboration through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This MOU outlines the basis for cooperation with a focus on strategic areas relevant for both organisation, namely “Quality Assurance in Higher Education, Leadership Development, Learning and Teaching, Technology Assimilation, Research and Innovation initiatives and yet the two parties may engage in  training, joint programs, sharing of best practices among their members, organization of events, enhancing institutional links, and contributing to the dynamic and cooperative development of the region’s higher education sector by mutually promoting each other services across Asia”.

USJ-ASEACCU Executive Secretariat  was represented by a delegation, including the Rector,  Reverend Prof. Stephen David Morgan, Vice-Rector, Prof. Álvaro Barbosa and the supporting staff, the Manager of the International Affairs Office, Mrs Ana Paula Mota, and the Senior Officer of the same Office, Ms Kitieng Chan.

(Photo: The MOU is signed by [left] Dr. Md. Saber Khan, President of AUAP, and [right] the Executive Secretary of ASEACCU, Rev. Prof. Stephen Morgan)


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October 25, 2023

On October 12th, 2023, the Secretariat of the Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU), University of Saint Joseph (USJ) Macao, has approached the newly established Catholic University of Vietnam (Học Viện Công Giáo Việt Nam) in a short meeting, during which, an invitation was extended to join the respected association, ASEACCU, as a means of reaffirming and strengthening their academic partnership and cultural exchange.

As a remarkable step, a USJ delegation formed by Vice-Rector, Professor Álvaro Barbosa, Professor Filipa Martins (Faculty of Arts and Humanities) and Ivy Uyen (Student Recruitment Officer in Vietnam), embarked on a significant visit to the Catholic University of Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh, where they were warmly received by the Procurator General, Priest Giuse Tạ Huy Hoàng; Dean of Theology Department, Priest Antôn Nguyễn Cao Siêu and General Secretary, Priest Vinhsơn Nguyễn Cao Dũng.

Vice-Rector Barbosa embraced the occasion to present and share the insights into the ASEACCU’s purpose, vision and mission. The sharing of information and sharing of gifts reflected the two institutions and the Association’s culture of collaboration and goodwill.

The visit’s highlight was an in-depth discussion in which both academic institutions discussed the potential for intellectual exchange and cooperation. The conversations were characterised by zeal and a common goal of improving educational experiences for students, teachers, and the community. The visit concluded with a tour of the campus and its facilities, including the church, library, and classrooms.

In an exciting development, both parties unanimously agreed to move forward with discussions and work on integrating the Catholic University of Vietnam into ASEACCU, cementing their commitment to academic excellence, cultural understanding, and global cooperation.

This collaboration has the potential to open new doors in higher education by promoting international linkages and expanding the educational environment in Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities.


About the University of Saint Joseph (USJ):

The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) in Macao is committed to offering high-quality, innovative education while encouraging cultural diversity, academic success, and a spirit of service. USJ is dedicated to forming meaningful collaborations with academic institutions across the world.

About the Catholic University of Vietnam:

Ho Chi Minh City’s Catholic University of Vietnam (Học Viện Công Giáo Việt Nam) is a prominent university committed to academic achievement, cultural enrichment, and spiritual growth. The institution is dedicated to developing well-rounded individuals with a solid education and belief foundation.

About the ASEACCU:

The Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU) is a vibrant forum that fosters collaboration and mutual progress among the region’s Catholic educational institutions. The network of member institutions aims to promote academic achievement, intercultural understanding, and worldwide cooperation.


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September 21, 2023
Conference Delegates Group Photo at the Fr. Van den Daelen CCA Theatre, Saint Louis University

The 29th ASEACCU Annual Conference was successfully held from Aug 21st to Aug 26th, 2023, in Baguio City, Philippines. Co-organised by the University of Saint Joseph, Macao (USJ) as the ASEACCU Secretariat and this year’s host institution, Saint Louis University (SLU), the Conference was attended by over 200 faculty, staff and students across member and non-member institutions from Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Macao, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. 

The conference serves as a crucial platform for the ASEACCU community to engage in international educational dialog through shared lectures, open forums, cultural exchanges and performances as well as local exposure site visits to Baguio City’s Banangan Women’s Association, the scenic Mount Costa, and Mirador Heritage and Eco-Spirituality Park.  

Conference Delegates enjoy exposure site visits to Mirador Heritage & Eco-Spirituality Park and Mount Costa Conference Delegates enjoy exposure site visits to Mirador Heritage & Eco-Spirituality Park and Mount Costa

The Conference was kicked off with welcome messages from Saint Louis University President, Rev. Fr. Gilbert B. Sales, CICM, the ASEACCU Executive Secretary, Rector of University of Saint Joseph Macao, Rev. Prof. Stephen Morgan and had the presence of distinguished guests including Hon. Benjamin Magalong, the City Mayor of Baguio; Rev. Fr. Roland P. Buyagan, Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Baguio, and J. Prospero E. De Vera III, DPA, Chair of Philippine Commission on Higher Education.

Keynote speaker, François Mabille, Secretary General of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) Keynote speaker, François Mabille, Secretary General of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU)

Keynote presentation from François Mabille, the Secretary General of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU), on “IFCU, A Global Tool for the Care of our Common Home” brings on critical perspectives from the IFCU to the overarching theme of this year’s conference. Joining him as speakers in the programme include Mr. Rodne R. Galicha, Executive Director of Living Laudato Si’ Philippines; Architect Donna R. Tabangin, Officer of Baguio City; Dr. Montserrat Alom, Director of International Centre for Research and Decision Support (CIRAD); Fr. Stephan Rothlin, Director of Macau Ricci Institute; Most Rev. Gerardo Alminaza, Bishop of San Carlos, Diocese of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental; Rev. Fr. Aloysius Ma. A. Maranan, O.S.B., Rector-President of San Beda University; Mr. Quintin Pastrana, President of Energy Power Pilipinas; Asst. Prof. Nestor R. Ong, MSIE, PIE, ASEAN Engr., Deputy Director at the Office of QS/THE Rankings, University of Santo Tomas; Dr. Stephenie O. Busbus, Chair, Institutional Reputation and Effectiveness Committee, SLU; Dr. Karen Tagulao, Programme Coordinator for the Bachelor of Environmental Sciences at University Of Saint Joseph Macao; Dr. Stephenie O. Busbus, Chair of Institutional Reputation and Effectiveness Committee at Saint Louis University; Ms. Mei Mei Lim, Director of Consultancy at Times Higher Education; Assoc. Prof. Richard Colledge, Interim Dean of Theology and Philosophy and Ms. Jacqui Reymond, Lecturer at School of Theology and Laudato Si’ Consultant at Australian Catholic University. 

Beyond lectures and activities related to the Ex Corde Ecclesiae, Laudato Si’, and Sustainable Development Goals, the conference included networking opportunities for ASEACCU member Institutions to solidify new partnerships and signing of MOUs. Likewise, all student delegates had the opportunity to showcase their talents during the Student Night Cultural Performance. 

Student performers engage Conference delegates for an exuberant Cultural Night Student performers engage Conference delegates for an exuberant Cultural Night

On the morning of the fourth day, Aug 25, 2023, the ASEACCU Secretariat held the Executive Board Meeting, where Country Representative members at the Executive Board were nominated to serve the upcoming term of 2023 to 2026. New country representatives include Saint Louis University for the Philippines and Sanata Dharma University for Indonesia. The General Assembly followed the meeting with Member Institution representatives where the ASEACCU Executive Secretary reported on activities for the previous year and the Financial Report, which has been approved and welcomed the new Country Representatives and Executive Board members the newly admitted ASEACCU Members: Saint Mary’s University and the University of Saint Louis Tuguegarao.

ASEACCU Executive Board representatives during the Executive Board Meeting.
From left to right: Mr. Phon Sophal, Prof. Tetsuo Morishita, Prof. Álvaro Barbosa, Fr. Aloy Ma. A. Maranan OSB, Rev. Prof. Stephen Morgan, Mr. Glen Chatelier, Dr. Lucia Lin, Prof. Joonsuk Kim, Dr. Probo Y. Nugrahedi, Mr. Chris Riley and Dr. Teresa Loong.

Additionally, the theme for the 30th ASEACCU Annual Conference 2024 which will be hosted by the Australian Catholic University was announced during the General Assembly, and Providence University, Taiwan, was appointed the host of the 31st ASEACCU Annual Conference in 2025. 

President Rev. Fr. Gilbert B. Sales, CICM of the current host institution passes the ASEACCU flag to Prof. Zlatko Skrbis and Mr. Chris Riley, representing Australian Catholic University as the next host, witnessed by ASEACCU Executive Secretary, Rev. Prof. Stephen Morgan President Rev. Fr. Gilbert B. Sales, CICM of the current host institution passes the ASEACCU flag to Prof. Zlatko Skrbis and Mr. Chris Riley, representing Australian Catholic University as the next host, witnessed by ASEACCU Executive Secretary, Rev. Prof. Stephen Morgan

During the closing ceremony, Rev. Prof. Stephen Morgan, ASEACCU Executive Secretary, echoed the sentiment of the Conference delegates, sharing “we’ve had a remarkable week here: the things that we looked for when we came up this mountain, the voices we wanted to hear, the communion with God and with our fellow men, women, and children.” President of Saint Louis University, Rev. Fr. Gilbert B. Sales, CICM, also expressed in his reflections, “the care of our common home is our collective duty…what we have learned in this Conference are highly vital to planning, executing, and evaluating (sustainable) actions.” 


 

View the Conference Highlights reel and the Conference Flipbook published by Saint Louis University!

More from the host Institution…

29th ASEACCU Annual Conference Photos


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May 22, 2023

The book launch of Memory and Identity: The Proceedings of the 28th ASEACCU Annual Conference 2022 by IFCU’s new International Research Group on Memory and Identity will take place at the Macau Scientific and Cultural Centre in Lisbon, Portugal and can be attended by Zoom

The event will include a presentation of one of the papers by Prof. Isabel Gil, Rector of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, followed by responses from Prof. Stephen Bullivant of Notre Dame University Australia, Prof. Clarence Batan of the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines, and Prof. Edward Alam of the University of Notre Dame-Louaize in Lebanon. USJ Rector, Rev’d Prof. Stephen Morgan will then facilitate a discussion on the significance of the themes shared.

We welcome you to join us on Thursday as this event represents the continuation of work that will advance academic research on issues of collective memory and social identity from a Catholic perspective.

DETAILS:

Date: Thursday, 25 May
Time: 14.00 – 16.00 (Lisbon), 9.00 pm – 11.00 pm (Macao)
Venue: Macau Scientific and Cultural Centre in Lisbon

Zoom link: https://videoconf-colibri.zoom.us/j/95462363723?pwd=RUtSOG5xVHp6b3B4WndRRDRzTGl1dz09

*No registration required

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May 22, 2023

The University of Saint Joseph Macao (USJ) delegation led by its Rector, Reverend Professor Stephen Morgan, visited Providence University in Taiwan on the 17th of May, 2023, to cultivate and strengthen academic collaborations and partnerships.

During this visit, the USJ delegation composed of Rector, Rev’d Professor Stephen Morgan, the Assistant Prof Helen Liu, Department of Social Work, Faculty of Health Sciences and the Manager of International Affairs, Mrs Ana Paula Mota met with the President of Providence University, Dr Lucia Lin, the Executive Vice President (Administration); Dr Hsiao-Hsi Wang; Dean of the Office of Research and Development, Dr Chih-Chien Lin, the Chaplin and Director of Campus Ministry, Fr Francis X.Yang, Dean of Office of International Affairs, Dr Philip Lin and Director of Academic Exchange Affairs, Ms Kelly Chiu. The exchange of ideas is expected to promote insightful collaborations to pave the way for future academic cooperation between the institutions and the Association of the Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU).

Throughout the visit and to signalling their shared identities as Catholic Universities within Asia with the common mission to spread knowledge, innovation, and ethics among their learners, the University of Saint Joseph Macao and the Providence University, Taiwan, signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Providence University’s Campus in Taichung, Taiwan.

USJ’s Rector said that “this visit not only underscores our shared commitment to excellence in academia but also enhances our commitment to ASEACCU and its mission of promoting solidarity among Catholic colleges and universities in Asia. We look forward to building fruitful collaborations with Providence University, with concrete joint projects and the exchange of staff and students”.

Providence University represents the Catholic Universities of Taiwan on the Executive Board of ASEACCU, which is a regionall network of Catholic colleges and universities in Southeast and East Asia, that share common values to spread knowledge, innovation, and ethics among their academic community of students and staff, promoting Catholic social teaching, mentoring students, and committed to fostering intellectual and cultural exchange towards academic excellence.

[From Left]: Rev’d Prof. Stephen Morgan, Rector of USJ and the President of Providence University, Taiwan ROC, Dr Lucia Lin [From left to Right]: Chih-Chien Lin, Philip Lin, Fr Francis X. Yang, Hsiao-Hsi Wang, Lucia Lin, Stephen Morgan, Helen Liu, Ana Paula Mota and Kelly Chiu

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May 3, 2023
On behalf of the Executive Secretary of the ASEACCU, Rector of the University of Saint Joseph Macao (USJ), Director of Office for Student and Alumni Affairs, Dr. Teresa Loong visited the Catholic University of Korea (CUK), a member of the Executive Board of the ASEACCU, on 24 April 2023. Dr. Loong was warmly welcomed by the Very Reverend Fr. Luke Jongchul Won, President of the Catholic University of Korea, Prof Joonsuk Kim, Dean of International Affairs and Director Doowon Kang of International Affairs. The purpose of the meeting is to seek the advice from our ASEACCU members and to know their needs on the services provided by the Secretariat. The representative was impressed by the commitment of the Very Reverend Fr. Luke in engaging the other Catholic universities in Korea to register as ASEACCU members and the promotion of active collaborations among member institutions. CUK and USJ will initiate the process of collaborations on short-term program, student exchange and cooperative study. [From Right to Left: Very Reverend Fr. Luke Jongchul Won, Prof Joonsuk Kim, Director Doowon Kong and Dr. Teresa Loong]
The visit ended with a campus tour guided by Prof Joonsuk Kim on the facilities including the Andrea Building, a newly built dormitory that can be of service for future ASEACCU events.
[Site visit at the main campus (Songsim) escorted by Prof Joonsuk Kim and Miss Minji Bae ]

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April 17, 2023

The upcoming ASEACCU Summer Edition Newsletter is planned to be released in July 2023, therefore, we kindly ask all members to send us the news content from your Institution to be included in the newsletter until the 1st of May, 2023 via email to aseaccu@usj.edu.mo.

Thank you for your collaboration. Should you need further assistance or have any questions, please consider us at your disposal. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


ASEACCU Newsletter Guidelines & Submission Dates

  • The articles shall be: news, events, upcoming events, staff & students achievements or activities, announcements, celebrations and ceremonies;
  • Each member can send between one to three articles per edition;
  • Articles shall have a link to a webpage;
  • Send identified high-resolution photo(s) attached to each article;
  • Each member is responsible for their article’s trustworthiness;
  • The articles’ submission date for the January issue is until 1st of November;
  • The articles’ submission date for the July issue is until 1st of May.

The articles for the columns of the Newsletter are to be sent to this e-mail address: aseaccu@usj.edu.mo


University of Saint Joseph Macao (USJ) Editorial Team

Role Name
Executive Secretary of ASEACCU Rev. Fr. Stephen David Morgan 
Chief Editor Professor Álvaro Barbosa
Managing Editor  Mrs Ana Paula Mota
Executive Editors Professor José Manuel Simões 

Mr Joshua Ballew 

Assistant Editor Ms Jerusa Antunes 

ASEACCU Newsletter

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March 7, 2023
Prof. Helen Liu, Research Coordinator and Assistant Professor at the University of Saint Joseph’s Macao (USJ) Faculty of Health Sciences, visited three Catholic Universities in Taiwan during the Christmas break in 2022, namely Providence University, located in Taichung city, Fu Jen Catholic University, located in New Taipei city, and Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, located in Kaohsiung city. The purpose of the visit was to seek more cooperation among members of Catholic Universities in Taiwan on matters related to the Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU) and to ensure sufficient support of the activities towards its vision and value. In addition, the visit was to propose collaboration with USJ, particularly in the field of Social Work, expanding this into a pilot sub-network of ASEACCU in this area. USJ is looking to promote more joint research activities such as the upcoming “International Symposium on Children and Youth Health and Well-being” this November 2023, hosted by its Faculty of Health Sciences. Prof. Liu stated that “beyond, we also would like to see more student exchange opportunity, especially at the Master level. Overall, the visits went well and there are great possibilities for collaborations Providence University The Catholic Universities in Taiwan are members of the ASEACCU, and Providence University being the representative at the Executive Board of the Association.  Prof. Liu was warmly welcomed by the President Dr Lucia Lin, Dr. Yang An-Jen, Director of Campus Ministry, Dr. Philip Lin, Dean of International Office, Kelly Chiu, Director of Academic Exchange Affairs, Mr. Carlos Huang, Director of Chinese Language Education Center, and Mr. Mark Lan, Coordinator of Academic Exchange Affairs. Dr. Lin, who showed her positive attitude to make the most of future collaboration possibilities by forming the Catholic Universities partnership, and yet Dr Lin is committed to support the association initiatives. Likewise, Dr Lin considers that this visit is an opportunity to explore areas of common interest and strengthen both institution’s  relationship. Fu Jen Catholic University Since 1998 USJ has a deep, rich partnership with Fu Jen Catholic University (FJCU) in Taiwan. During the visit to FJCU, Prof. Liu was warmly welcomed by Father Inna Reddy, Edara, SVD Vice-President for Mission, Dean Connie Chun-Chi Yang, and Deputy Dean Mr. Mike Ma, Office of International Education.  In the meeting, both parties expressed their willingness to maintain cooperation to promote collaboration, Master student exchange programme, and Alumni engagement activities as there are Fu Jen alums in Macao. Prof. Liu said she also wants to involve these alums in future USJ alums events. During this visit to Fu Jen Catholic University, Prof. Liu connected the USJ Department of Social Work with the FJCU Department of Child and Family Studies to seek members collaboration and participation for the “International Symposium on Children and Youth Health and Well-being”, organized by USJ in November this year.  Wenzao Ursuline University Lastly, the Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, actively engaged in connecting colleges and universities globally, has been the predecessor of USJ on the editorial team role of the ASEACCU Newsletter.  Furthermore, during the visit Prof. Liu had the opportunity to met with  Prof. Chen, Dean of the Office of International and Cross-strait Cooperation (OICC), Hui-Keng Kuo, Dean of Ursuline College of Liberal Arts, Te-fan Huang, Director, Center for Ursuline Education to explore avenues for future collaboration with USJ.  Nevertheless, it is relevant to mention the willingness support of the Fu Jen Catholic University and Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages in support the possibility of host the ASEACCU Annual Conference for 2025 in Taiwan.

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June 27, 2022

Please be informed that all participants who will be attending the 2022 ASEACCU Conference to be held at the Dara Airport Hotel in Phnom Penh Cambodia are required to bring their vaccination cards. To those who are required to undergo the RT-PCR Test or Rapid Antigen Test before they return to their respective countries after the conference, the tests will be done at the Dara Airport Hotel on August 26, 2022, 48 hours before their flight home. Below is the price list for said tests:

​​RT-PCR:​​​ US$ 135.00
​​Rapid Antigen Test:​​ US$ 58.00


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June 14, 2022

The Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU) will be holding the 2022 physical conference on “Memory and Identity” on August 23-27, 2022 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia which will be hosted by St. Paul Institute. The faculty and staff conference will be held at the St. Paul Institute and Dara Airport Hotel from August 24-27, 2022. The student conference will be held at Phnom Penh Thmey Pastoral Center (PPTPC), St. Paul Institute, and Dara Airport Hotel from August 23-27, 2022.  The faculty and staff conference registration fee is US$ 550 while the student conference registration fee is US$ 400. See the programs below for more details.

To register for the conference, please click the LINK (http://aseaccu2022.spi.edu.kh). Mark your calendars! See you in Cambodia!


Saint Paul Institute-SPI


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May 16, 2022

We are pleased to inform all ASEACCU member institutions that the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) in Paris will be holding its General Assembly from July 30 to August 3, 2022, at the Boston College campus, Boston, USA.

After two years of the pandemic, this 27th Assembly is a long-awaited opportunity to bring together Catholic Universities to reflect on the future of our institutions. The theme for this event will focus on “Legacy and Transformation in a World of Change: Catholics Higher Education and the Future.”

For more details, please visit the IFCU General Assembly webpage at  https://sites.bc.edu/ifcu/registration-accomodation/


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March 7, 2022

Announcement

The guidelines for the ASEACCU newsletter are as follows:

    1. The articles shall be: news, events, staff & student’s achievements/activities, celebrations or ceremonies.
    2. Each member can send between one to three articles per edition.
    3. Articles shall be a link to a webpage.
    4. Send one identified high-resolution photo attached to the article.
    5. Each member is responsible for their article’s trustworthiness.
    6. The articles’ submission date for the January issue is until 1st of November
    7. The articles’ submission date for the July issue is until 1st of May
    8. The articles for the columns of the Newsletter are to be sent to this email address: aseaccu@usj.edu.mo

Thank you for your usual support and cooperation

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February 17, 2022

We are happy to announce that the University of Saint Joseph, Macao, has accepted the task of managing the ASEACCU Newsletter. We also would like to express our deepest gratitude to Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, Taiwan, for managing the publication of the newsletter in the previous years.

We shall keep you posted on the dates of submission of articles to be featured in our newsletter.


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October 4, 2021
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A Free Webinar-Workshop on Best Practices, Research Collaboration, and Internationalization

ASEACCU to hold two-day webinar on sustainable development for Catholic institutions.

The Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities will host a free two-day webinar-workshop entitled “ASEACCU Beyond the Pandemic: Best Practices towards Sustainable Development” on October 14 and 15, 2021. The webinar-workshop, which is co-organized by the University of Santo Tomas – Manila (UST), will happen via Zoom and streamed on the Facebook Page of the ASEACCU.

Plenary sessions for ASEACCU member institution officials, academic staff, and students include the keynote address of International Federation of Catholic Universities President Dr. Isabel Capeloa Gil, who will talk about “Challenges and Opportunities to Catholic Higher Educational Institutions in the Time of the Pandemic.”

The keynote address will be followed by sessions on Best Practices among ASEACCU Member-Institutions: Teaching & Learning, Wellness and Financial Sustainability. UST’s Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs Cheryl R. Peralta will share about Teaching and Learning, while St. Paul Institute Director Phon Sophal will share about Wellness of Being. A talk about Financial Sustainability will also be shared by University of Santo Tomas – Legazpi’s Vice-Rector for Finance and Administration, Fr. Edwin A. Lao, OP.

Research and internationalization efforts will be the subjects of the remainder of the plenary sessions and the workshops. On the afternoon of October 14, Australian Catholic University (ACU)’s Prof. Ester Cerin, Assumption University of Thailand’s Dean Marissa Chantamas, and UST Manila and Providence College Rhode Island, USA’s Fr. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, O.P. will share their insights about research in higher education in plenary sessions. This will be followed by an exclusive workshop for research officials identified by ASEACCU member institutions. ACU’s Mr. Kirk Doyle will facilitate the workshop.

Internationalization will take center-stage on October 15, with UST’s Dr. Lilian Sison, ACU’s Mr. Kirk Doyle, and University of Saint Joseph’s Prof. Alvaro Barbosa talks about sustainable internationalization in the new reality, internationalization framework for a Catholic University, and internationalization for young developing institutions, respectively. Another exclusive workshop will be held on October 15, this time for internationalization officials. The internationalization workshop will be facilitated by Sophia University’s Vice President for Global Affairs, Prof. Tetsuo Morishita.

Plenary session participants, including ASEACCU member institution officials, academic staff, and students may register via: https://bit.ly/ASEACCU_WEBINAR-REGISTRATION

Meanwhile, those who will be identified by their institution as workshop participants will receive an e-mail invitation for the workshop registration.



Registration Guide

FOR PLENARY SESSION ATTENDEES (Open to all ASEACCU Member Institutions)
1. Register using this link: https://bit.ly/ASEACCU_WEBINAR-REGISTRATION
2. Check your registered e-mail for the access to the Zoom Webinar on October 14 and 15.

FOR RESEARCH AND INTERNATIONALIZATION WORKSHOP ATTENDEES
(to be emailed by the office of the President/Rector/Head of member institutions or Representatives)
1. Submit the list of attendees from your institution to the ASEACCU Secretariat. Include each participant’s name, designation, and e-mail address.
2. Wait for the ASEACCU Secretariat’s confirmation email of registered participants.
3. Check your registered e-mail for the link to the exclusive Zoom meeting for the workshop.


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July 14, 2021

We are happy to inform you that the ASEACCU will be holding a Webinar/Workshop on Research Collaboration, Internationalization, and Best Practices which is tentatively scheduled this coming October.

In light of the aforementioned, we will be collecting the annual membership fee in the amount of $300.00 this year since we did not collect membership dues last year. We hope that you would be able to settle your account on or before 30 September 2021.  We look forward to seeing you in the webinar/workshop. Stay safe!

Thank you.


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June 10, 2021

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ASEACCU Executive Board resolved that the international conference in Cambodia which was originally scheduled in August 2021 will be moved to August 2022. In lieu of the annual conference, an online webinar/workshop on research and internationalization will be held sometime in October of this year.

We shall keep you posted on the exact date and programme of the online webinar/workshop.


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April 13, 2021

A letter from the President of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU):

Dear Rector/President/Vice-Chancellor,

In the spirit of a universal aspiration to fraternity, involving the same dignity and rights to progress for men and women alike, the International Federation of Catholic Universities is launching a survey to map and analyze the situation of women academics and staff amongst our member institutions. This study will be the first comprehensive study addressing this matter. We hope to be able to understand the condition around the globe, so as to be able to advance measures and policies that may contribute to advance Pope Francis’ call for the same dignity and equal rights for men and women at Catholic universities and colleges.

The results of the survey shall be made available to all IFCU members and shall be offered to Pope Francis and the Congregation for Catholic Education.

I kindly ask you to respond to the survey in the link below by April 15th 2021.

https://cesopucp.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5ApMW2MVNlGBReS?Q_Language=EN-GB

Thanking you for the invaluable contribution, I remain

Isabel Capeloa Gil
President – International Federation of Catholic Universities
Rector – Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP)


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September 30, 2019

Sogang University

The 27th ASEACCU Annual Conference, just like in the previous years, students played an important role in the discussion of important issues. In this year’s conference held at Sogang University in South Korea, the students have taken active part in the conversation on significant topics such as (1) Politics of the Korean Peninsula, (2) Gender Equality and Social Inclusion, and (3) Reconciliation, Human Rights, and Democracy: Challenges for the People of East Asia.


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Politics in North and South Korea, the first topic, provided students with a comprehensive understanding of the political dynamics of North and South Korea which traced the history of political and economic development and international relations of the Korean peninsula, showing how South Korea became democratized and how Juche ideology has affected the establishment and operation of a totalitarian system in North Korea. The issue of having different political ideologies existing within North and South Korea posed a very relevant question – With the existence of several ideologies within a country and inter-countries, how do we reach reconciliation?


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The discussion on Gender Equality and Social Institution centered on gender equality being equated to the equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities of women and men. It emphasized uplifting human security where there is freedom from fear and freedom from want and that in order to achieve equality in contemporary society, there is a great need to break discriminative gender dimensions or stereotypes created by the society.


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The last topic Reconciliation, Human Rights, and Democracy: Challenges for the People of East Asia focused on enormous human rights violations that happened during the two world wars in the 20th century in which states, along with emerging international organizations and supported by the non-governmental sector, adopted liberal moral and normative standards as universal standards, bringing attention to individual rights and protection by international legal regimes. The human security paradigm challenges the traditional notion of national security. Its main assumption is that the people-centered view of security is necessary for national, regional and global stability and the proper referent for security should be the individuals and groups of people rather than the state.


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Aside from these lectures, the students were also tasked to present their own topics which were formulated during a brainstorming session which provided them the wonderful opportunity to have a deeper understanding of the various situations in different countries.


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September 24, 2019

During the opening ceremony of the 27th ASEACCU Annual Conference
@ Sogang University, Seoul, Korea, Prof. Gil delivered the following message:

Isabel Capeloa Gil (IFCU President)
Address to ASEACCU Conference (August 21, 2019)

Executive Secretary, Fr. Dagohoy.
Distinguished Board members of Aseaccu,
members of ASEACCU, faculty and students

I am truly delighted to be here, in Seoul, at the annual conference of the Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities, and to have the opportunity to address the distinguished members of this association on behalf of IFCU (International Federation of Catholic Universities). We live interesting and challenging times, full of potential, on the one side, and prone to destruction, on the other. In this environment the role of Catholic universities is more relevant than ever to secure a more humane future for mankind.

And there are three main reasons why this moment is particularly relevant. Firstly, because we are aware that in the spirit of engagement that His Holiness Pope Francis inspires us to pursue, institutions at the service of the universal Church, must be institutions that go forth, that dare to take concrete action in the wide world we are privileged to inhabit. A global federation, such as IFCU, honors the true sense of its globality, and that means working together with member universities and Associations worldwide to advance our great common mission of empowering Catholic higher education.

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Allow me, nonetheless, to venture a more in-depth look at what this ‘global’ actually means. Other than culture and nature, global is arguably one of the most loaded words in academic vocabulary. The global is both a condition and a strategy, it is a source of anxiety and a project of expansion, it speaks of a desire for recognition and of exclusion. From a philosophical point of view, the global recalls that which Heidegger called ‘the gigantic’ (Das Riesige), defined by the abolition of distances and the representation of daily life in unfamiliar and distant worlds. It speaks of the conquest of both time and space.

We convene here today as global subjects in one of the fastest growing areas for Catholicism. University leaders, faculty, staff and students, we are true representatives of the global diaspora of hope universities embody. For truly, universities have been since their inception drivers of advancement beyond borders. We are heirs to the early scholasticus vagans (wandering scholar), of the medieval university, who could today be very well represented both by the exchange students and the visiting scholars. Clearly, for universities internationalization is not a simple strategy, it is part of their mission. But at the same time, as part of our concrete horizon of action, we must be aware that the cosmopolitan condition cannot or should not obscure that other effect of the global ‘gigantic’, the one Arjun Appadurai names the diaspora of fear, beset with the despair of refugees and migrants. It is also the task of universities, most specifically of Catholic universities, to educate the youth in the spirit of a global caring and mutually responsible humanity, conscious of our situation as what Homi Bhabha calls ‘Translated beings’, always on the move, engaging with difference and transformed by every new dialogue.

In sum, a global federation such as IFCU is a translatable organization, working in collaboration with partners worldwide, serving their needs and articulating their concerns. It is an organization that goes forth and I am particularly enthused by the meeting yesterday with the Board of ASEACCU and the possibilities of renewed cooperation to create new spaces and platforms for research and development dialogue. I wish to acknowledge, and thank, at this stage the tremendous work that has been done by the representative of ASEACCU, Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, as IFCU Board member.

A few words about the history of IFCU. Over the past 95 years, the International Federation of Catholic Universities has been steadily working to advance the cause of Catholic higher education. Founded in 1924 through the engaged work of leading European universities (KU Leuven, Univ. Sacro Cuore, Milan, and Univ. Nijmegen) IFCU has consistently worked to support the quality, autonomy and relevance of Catholic universities in light of the Gospel’s revelation with true autonomy and academic freedom.

The Federation was also born at a time that speaks to the second reason of relevance I wish to single out and pivots to the importance of the topic under which ASEACCU’s conference is convening “Reconciliation and the Situation in the East Asian Region”. IFCU was born in the aftermath of the I World War, at a moment when internationalism was promoted as a strategy to fight the defeated, but nonetheless terribly latent hyper-nationalism amongst European nations. Not only was internationalization a hallmark of the universal work of the Church, but universities as well were understood as the peace builders for the future of our common humanity. As we convene in South Korea today, in the frontline of the longest lasting global point of tension, it is important to consider how our work as academics may lead towards effective reconciliation. As Catholics, we understand there is no other way, no matter how hard.

This does not mean, doing away with the terrible memories of past violence. Nations are marked with the scars of war. They may be older or quite recent, but national memories are more often than not packed with suffering and resentment, pain and an even if repressed desire for retribution. An insightful inspiration comes from the address given by Pope John Paul II in his visit to the Yad Vashem, in Israel. Remembering the Holocaust, he said “We remember, but not with any desire for vengeance or as an incentive to hatred. For us, to remember is to pray for peace and justice, and to commit ourselves to their cause. Only a world at peace, with justice for all, can avoid repeating the mistakes and terrible crimes of the past.” Catholic Universities have a mission of global dialogue, that positions them as primordial peacebuilders. From study to action, we must commit to a future of reconciliation and both IFCU and ASEACCU are instrumental in supporting this work. In this vent, IFCU launched in 2018 the Peace Studies Network, an international group of multidisciplinary research with the aim of studying international relations, conflicts, and strategies for conflict prevention and the construction of sustainable peace.

Thirdly, let me single out the common challenges that universities and Catholic universities more deeply are facing today. In 2019, the landscape of higher education is changing fast and irrevocably. Pope Francis’ address to the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador sums up our challenge in two key questions. He says, “As a university, as educational institutions, as teachers and students, life itself challenges us to answer these two questions: What does this world need us for? Where is your brother?”

Our task is challenging but not daunting. If we are to prepare for a future where the jobs to come have not yet been invented, – and has it ever been different ? – working across boundaries is a necessary condition. These boundaries are not simply instrumental, they are also axiological, epistemological and cultural. It means unpacking complexity from a problem-based perspective with an ethical horizon and respectful of cultural diversity.

Science at the service of the common good means taking up the challenge of improving the human condition while respecting the whole life of the planet, it requires taking up the challenges, the threats and the opportunities where they are placed. And it involves working across disciplines, across nations. As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe argued, “there is no such thing as patriotic science”. In its work for the institutional advancement of Catholic universities, IFCU supports the development of transnational research, promotes international quality assessment, fosters global networking through its global training programs and is about to launch a global student exchange program amongst member institutions worldwide. We work to build bridges and together we can transform individual strengths into global power. Let me end by thanking the invitation to be here today, wish all of you a productive work and invite all those gathered here today, to build coalitions, so that armed with a culture of dialogue and encounter between our universities, the Church, and the communities in which we operate, we may truly embrace the splendor of our present.


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September 12, 2019
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163 E Mendiola St., San Miguel, Manila 1005


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September 6, 2019

Faculty and Staff Conference


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The 27th Annual ASEACCU Faculty and Staff Conference was held at Sogang University in Seoul, Korea from August 20-22, 2019. The theme for this year’s conference is Reconciliation and the Situation in the East Asian Region. During the Opening Ceremonies which was held on the first day of the conference, Rev. Fr. Jong Gou Park, SJ, President of Sogang University delivered the welcome remarks. Rev. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P., the Executive Secretary of ASEACCU and Prof. Isabel Capeloa Gil, President of International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) delivered inspirational messages. The second day of the conference provided participants the wonderful opportunity to understand the history of Korea and where it is headed in terms of technological advancements by visiting the Taepung Observatory and the LG Science Park. On the last day of the conference, Rev. Fr. Munsu Park, SJ, Chairperson of Sogang University, delivered the Keynote Lecture titled Reconciling Human Rights and Democracy: Challenges for the People of East Asia. The academic session followed in the afternoon with lectures delivered by Fr. Dr. Philipus Tule, SVD, Rector of Widya Mandira Catholic University, Prof. Youngshik Bong of Yonsei University, Dr. Asmin Fransiska of Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya, and Ms. Josephine Perez of Ateneo de Manila University. The Closing Ceremonies of the conference was held in the evening with the announcement that St. Paul Institute of Cambodia will be the host of the ASEACCU conference in 2020.



Internationalization Program


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ASEACCU held the first Internationalization Program in the 2019 Conference at Sogang University in South Korea which was attended by heads of internationalization offices of ASEACCU member schools as well as institutional representatives who are tasked to improve the internationalization efforts of their respective institutions. The Welcome Dinner was held on August 19, 2019 which provided participants of the internationalization program the opportunity to meet with and get to know with their foreign counterparts. On August 21, 2019, the second day of the conference, Prof. Peta Sanderson, Pro-Vice Chancellor International, University of Notre Dame, Australia, began the first session with a talk titled Catholic Universities: Identity and Internationalization. Afterwards, Prof. Kuncoro Foe, Rector, University of Widya Mandala Surabaya, Indonesia gave his response to Prof. Sanderson’s talk.  Prof. Karen Santiago, Ph.D., Associate Director, Office of International Relations and Program, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, discussed the International Framework of a Comprehensive Private Catholic University. This was followed by the talk Sharing on Best Practices and Lessons Learned: Social Enterprise by Mr. Sophal Phon, Director of St. Paul Institute, Cambodia. 

 In the afternoon, the second session began with a sharing by Ms. Danika Cornelia from Daegu Catholic University, Korea, on her experience as a student in a foreign university. This was followed by Mr. Glen Chatelier, Director, Office of International Affairs, Assumption University of Thailand, who discussed Study Abroad Trends: Career Development for Students. Prof. Isabel Capeloa Gil, President of IFCU, was invited to speak on the initiatives of IFCU and how IFCU could be of assistance to Catholic higher learning institutions. The Institutional Networking Session was held later in the afternoon in which the participants signed Letters of Intent with higher learning institutions they wish to collaborate with.


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The ASEACCU Executive Board Meeting was held last August 19, 2019. Prof. Isabel Capeloa Gil, President, IFCU, was invited to discuss the initiatives of IFCU which include among others modernizing IFCU to make the federation friendlier and more accessible to members, strengthening the ties between IFCU and its members, devising a new strategic plan called “Global Voice for a Global Future,” holding an annual forum to provide universities and their teams the opportunity to meet once a year, and the federation focusing on Public Advocacy, Solidarity, Accountability, and Engagement for the next three years. During the meeting, Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P., ASEACCU Executive Secretary, presented to the Board the Procedures of Election for Country Representatives as well as the Statement of Fund Balance of ASEACCU as of July 29, 2019. He also presented three institutions that are applying for membership: St. Theresa International College, Thailand, College of the Holy Spirit, Philippines, and Tenshi College, Japan.

The meeting was attended by Dr. Kuncoro Foe, Rector, Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya, Fr. Luke Jongchul Won, President, Catholic University of Korea, Prof. Peta Sanderson, Pro Vice-Chancellor International, University of Notre Dame, Australia, Mr. Sophal Phon, Rector, St. Paul’s Institute, Cambodia, Dr. Yujane Chen, representing Dr. Margaret Chen, President, Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, Taiwan, Mr. Glen Chatelier, Director, Office of International Affairs, Assumption University of Thailand, Fr. Sali Augustine, representing Prof. Yoshiaki Terumichi, Sophia University, Japan, and Ms. Ana Paula Mota, representing Fr. Peter Damian Francis Stiwell, SThD, Rector, University of St. Joseph, Macau. The next ASEACCU Board Meeting will be held on February 11-13, 2020 in Cambodia.


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May 29, 2019

The University of Santo Tomas will be hosting the first ASEACCU Leadership Training Program for Administrators and Academic Officials on August 6-10, 2018.  The training program will cater to new administrators of ASEACCU member institutions. The leadership training program can only accommodate a certain number of participants due to the limited number of slots. Those who cannot be accommodated will be given another schedule. The deadline of registration is on June 30, 2018.

The registration period has ended.


ASEACCU 1st Leadership Training Program: Executive Leadership Essentials

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The online registration is now open for both students and faculty members/staff of ASEACCU member institutions. Please refer to the information below to begin with the registration process.

How to register:
    1. Click here (http://aseaccu2019.sogang.ac.kr/) to go to the homepage of the ASEACCU 2019.
    2. Click “Online Registration” and select the program which you intend to register in.

For detailed information in regard with the registration (fee, deadline, etc.), please refer to the details in each of the registration forms.

For more inquiries, contact:

Office of International Affairs, Sogang University
27th ASEACCU Conference Coordinator
Registration: Mr. Sungmin Kang (Tel: +82-2-705-8041)
General Inquiry: Mr. David Cho (Tel : +82-2-705-8311)
Fax: +82-2-705-8060
E-mail: aseaccu2019@sogang.ac.kr


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February 19, 2019

The meeting of the Executive Board of the Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU) was held last February 8, 2019 at Sogang University in Seoul, Korea. The members of the Executive Board who attended the meeting included Rev. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P., Executive Secretary of ASEACCU and Rector of the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines, Dr. Peta Sanderson, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Notre Dame University, Australia, Dr. Kuncoro Foe, Rector of Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya, Indonesia, Rev. Fr. Luke Jongchul Won, President of the Catholic University of Korea, Rev. Fr. Jong Gou Park, S.J., President of Sogang University, South Korea, Mr. Glen Chatelier, Director of the Office of International Relations, Assumption University, Thailand, and Mr. John Luis Lagdameo, Director of the Office of International Relations, Ateneo de Manila University. The discussion centered on the 2019 ASEACCU International Conference which will be held at Sogang University on August 19-23, 2019. The theme for this year’s conference is Reconciliation and the Situation in the East Asian Region. The Student Program will be from August 19-23, 2019 while the Faculty program will start on the afternoon of the 20th and will end on the 23rd. A lecture-workshop for directors of international relations as well as faculty members involved in internationalization activities will be held on August 20, 2019.


Executive Board

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Sogang University Campus

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The University of Santo Tomas in cooperation with The British Council hosted the 2nd ASEACCU Leadership Training Program entitled Executive Leadership Essentials on January 22-24, 2019 which was held at the Dr. George Ty Hall of the Blessed Buenaventura G. Paredes O.P. Building, University of Santo Tomas. The training program was attended by 20 participants from Parahyangan Catholic University (Indonesia), Sanata Dharma University (Indonesia), Soegijapranata Catholic University (Indonesia), and Widya Mandala Catholic University, Surabaya (Indonesia); De La Salle Araneta University (Philippines), Pasic Catholic College (Philippines), San Beda University (Philippines), and St. Paul University Manila. (Philippines); Fu Jen Catholic University (Taiwan), and Assumption University (Thailand). The participants also went on a tour of Corregidor Island, one of the major scenic spots in the Philippines, last January 25, 2019.


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December 8, 2018

The challenge for educators to innovate and design school curriculum to equip a new generation of students for the significantly changing world has reached greater heights. The contemporary academic milieu requires higher learning institutions to design holistic learning experience, develop interrelated competencies, and provide a learning environment that is operated by technology to support the lived experience of the students in the digital era, with schools promoting authentic learning to connect what students gain to address real-world issues and problems, and the development of 21st-century skills among learners of today.

The De La Salle Lipa, Philippines invites participants from the member schools of The Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU) to take part in the conference entitled “Co-Creating and Co-Designing the Future of Education Conferences: Getting Ready for the Future of Learning” which will be held at the SMX Convention Center, Seashell Lane, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City 1300, Philippines, on January 21 – 22, 2019.

For more details about the conference and our speakers, please visit the official conference website www.futureofedcon.org or you may get in touch with Ms. Beverly Luna at secretariat@futureofedcon.org

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October 12, 2018

The Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU) welcomes 2 new member institutions.

The new member institutions are:


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De La Salle Araneta University, Malabon City, Philippines

The institution was integrated into the De La Salle University System in 2002.  It specializes in veterinary medicine, food technology, and agricultural sciences.  It has a student population of 4,438 for SY 2017-2018.  It likewise offers Basic Education, Senior High School, Tertiary Education (Bachelor’s), Master’s, and Doctorate Degrees, as well as Technical- Vocational Certificates.  De La Salle Araneta University is certified and accredited by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC), Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, & Universities (PAASCU), Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA), Food Safety and Hygiene Academy of the Philippines (FoodSHAP), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

University of Saint Joseph, Macau SAR, China

The University of Saint Joseph was created in Macao in 1996 by the Catholic Foundation for Higher Education (owned in equal parts by the Diocese of Macau and the Catholic University of Portugal) with the aim of setting up a Catholic University in Macao, closely following the model and standards of top European universities. USJ follows an honorable and long history of Catholic tertiary education in Macao, initiated in the late 16th Century by Fr. Alessandro Valignano, founded of the University College of Saint Paul. It offers Tertiary Education (Bachelor’s), Master’s, and Doctorate Degrees, as well as Certificate Programs.


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September 17, 2018

Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P., Rector of the University of Santo Tomas, has been elected as the Executive Secretary of the Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU) for a second term. The rest of the ASEACCU Executive Board is composed of Dr. Kuncoro Foe (Indonesia), Mr. Glen Chatelier (Thailand), Prof. Yoshiaki Terumich (Japan), Fr. Luke Jongchul Won (Korea), Dr. Chou Shieu-Ming (Taiwan), Mr. Sophan Phon (Cambodia), Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin (Philippines) and Prof. Peta Sanderson (Australia).


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September 11, 2018

Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima, Japan hosted the 2018 ASEACCU Conference on August 21-26, 2018. The theme for this year’s conference is Catholic Education and Peace Initiatives. Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of the City of Hiroshima, Dr. Seung Chul Kim, Nanzan Institute Professor, and Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, S.J., President of Ateneo de Manila University of the Philippines delivered keynote lecture.


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Mr. Matzui’s lecture titled From Hiroshima to Our World Free from Nuclear Weapons – Beyond Human Atrocities provided a glimpse of the harrowing and devastating damage caused by the bombing of Hiroshima as well as how the survivors reconstructed the city to be eventually recognized as a symbol of peace and hope. The lecture centered on the significant efforts of citizens to spread peace helping eradicate nuclear weapons through various initiatives such as the activities of the Mayors for Peace which consists of approximately 7,600 cities from 163 countries and regions around the world as well as promoting peace through welcoming visitors which calls on policymakers worldwide to visit the A-bombed cities.


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Dr. Seung Chul Kim’s lecture titled Traces of the Divine: Peace and Reconciliation in the Novels of Shusako Endo focused on the dynamics of various forms of human interaction which is anchored on the idea that human beings leave a trace and that the traces we leave behind are marks of sufferings we inflict on others. The lecture illustrates this point by highlighting excerpts from the novels written by acclaimed Japanese writer Shusako Endo namely The Girl I Left Behind, Silence, and When I Whistle to show how these traces affect the lives of others.


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The last keynote lecture Making Peace with Creation was delivered by Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, S.J. which emphasizes the role of nature as man’s ally in which the environmental crises have further deepened man’s disconnection from creation. Fr. Villarin proposed ten simple steps in order to recover our sense of stewardship and co-responsibility which places us on the path to reconciliation with creation.


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August 17, 2018

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The University of Santo Tomas in cooperation with the British Council hosted the first ever ASEACCU Leadership Training Program entitled, “Executive Leadership Essentials” from August 6 – 10, 2018 at the Dr. George Ty Hall, Blessed Buenaventura G. Paredes Building. The training program catered to new administrators of ASEACCU member institutions. Administrators from Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines took part in the training program to prepare them to become competent and effective leaders.

The first day of the training program held on August 6 was a whole day session on Catholic leadership which was facilitated by Fr. Filemon Dela Cruz, Jr. O.P. The British Council facilitated the training program from August 7-9. The 3-day session centered on the role of the leader and how the leader creates trust, delivers through others, motivates his team, and welcomes, encourages and facilitates changes and the last session centered on how to lead across cultures. On August 10, the last day of the leadership training program, the participants visited two prestigious ASEACCU member Universities in Manila; De La Salle University and Adamson University and in the afternoon they had an enjoyable tour of Manila.

The leadership training program, which is funded by the ASEACCU, is the first activity of the organization apart from annual faculty and staff conference and student camp.


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May 2, 2018

The Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia (ATMA JAYA) is holding the Atma Jaya Academic Collaboration (AJACollaB); Ben & Nafsiah Mboi Collection, An Inbound Researcher and Librarian Mobility.

This call for applications is for students, librarians, and scholars who will participate in a three (3) to twelve (12)-week long fully funded program and work with the new research collection. ASEACCU member institutions are invited to participate and support this academic collaboration.

Download this PDF file for the AJACollaB Term of Reference (TOR)You may visit and reach ATMA JAYA International Office at the following email address, phone number and websites:

Email: International@atmajaya.ac.id

Phone: 021-57950476

Website:  http://bit.ly/ILOVEATMA

Instagram: http://bit.ly/IGAtmaIntl

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The 26th ASEACCU Conference will be held at and hosted by the Elisabeth University of Music with the theme, “Catholic Education and Peace Initiatives”. The Student Program will be on August 21-26, 2018 while the Faculty Program is on August 23-26, 2018. The official invitation shall be sent to member institutions by the host university soon.


The Student and Faculty Programs and Schedule are as follows:


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November 21, 2017
Student Camp: Physical Challenges and Limitations as a Source of Inspiration

Seventy four students from ASEACCU member institutions participated in the student camp. The student participants visited the Father Ray Foundation which is situated in Pattaya City in Chonburri which gave them the opportunity to see how Father Ray and his team carry out their mission to help and care for physically handicapped children who were mostly abandoned by their parents. Deeply moved by this exposure, the students realized that physical and mental limitations do not necessarily serve as a hindrance or an obstacle to one’s desire to achieve. Prof. Wiriya Namsiripongpan, who gave a lecture at the Suvranbhumi campus on August 23, 2017, has been a great source of inspiration for them. Blind since she was a teenager, she went on to study law at Harvard University and currently teaches at Thammasat University. The students also attended a half-day workshop with nine volunteer students simulating either physical or mental challenges, being led on a campus tour, aided and facilitated by groups of student campers. Another workshop session was held for the student participants to conceptualize their presentations. These presentations were done on August 26, 2017 in which the expected outcome was a social media campaign to show solidarity with less-gifted students.

(article prepared and submitted by Mr. Glen Chatelier, Assumption University)

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25th ASEACCU Conference 2017 – Student Camp


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November 21, 2017

The first ever Campus Ministry workshop was held from August 22-24, 2017. Thirty one campus ministers from ASEACCU member institutions took part in the workshop. Brother Amnuay Yoonprayong, a Montforian priest and the Vice President for Moral Development Education and Director of the St. John Paul II Center for Social Catholic Thought, Assumption University, facilitated the sharing and discussion on how to best address campus ministry concerns.

(article prepared and submitted by Mr. Glen Chatelier, Assumption University)

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25th ASEACCU Conference 2017 – Campus Ministry Workshop


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November 21, 2017

The Faculty & Staff Conference was held from August 24-27, 2017. Rev. Fr. Joseph Maier and Dr. Dianne Chambers were invited as keynote speakers. Rev. Fr. Maier discussed matters pertaining to the child as the center of academic, charitable, and mission services while Dr. Chambers illustrated the definition of Inclusive Education through her research and workshop experiences in Australia and across Asia.  The afternoon sessions of the conference involved resource presentations from Sophia University, Japan and the Catholic University of South Korea, Seoul while on the third day of the conference, presentations were made by speakers from La Salle Benilde, Philippines and Atma Jaya University, Jakarta, Indonesia. Cultural presentations, cultural trips, and various exchanges and engagements were likewise held during the conference. The 25th ASEACCU Conference was attended by the largest number of participants.

(article prepared and submitted by Mr. Glen Chatelier, Assumption University)

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25th ASEACCU Conference 2017 – Faculty and Staff Conference


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October 27, 2017

“Catholic Universities and Inclusive Education: Transforming Spaces, Promoting Practices, Changing Minds”


Keynote Presentation

University of Notre Dame Australia
Inclusion in Education

Assoc. Prof. Dianne Chambers, University of Notre Dame Australia


Resource Presentations

Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia, Jakarta

Practices and Challenges of Inclusive Education In Indonesian Higher Education

Clara R.P. Ajisuksmo, Faculty of Psychology and Centre for Societal Development Studies, Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia


Catholic University of Korea, South Korea
Inclusive Education and Catholic Schools in Korea

Hee Chan Park, Ph.D., Department of Special Education, Catholic University of Korea


De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, Philippines
Developing Inclusion Practices in Higher Education: A Philippines Experience

Br. Dennis Magbanua, FSC, President of De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde

Dr. Catherine Deen, CSEP, Director of Center for Inclusive Education


Sophia University, Japan
“Diversity & Inclusion”: Sophia’s Initiatives and Challenges (Abstract)

Prof. Dr. Yoshiaki Terumichi, President of Sophia University

Sali Augustine, Vice President for Student & General Affairs


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October 13, 2017
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Japan

Kagoshima Immaculate Heart which is located at 2365 Amatatsu-cho, Satsumasendai-city, Kagoshima 895-0111, Sendai Shirayuri Women’s College at 6-1 Honda-cho, Izumi-ku, Sendai-city, Miyagi 981-3107, St. Catherine University at 660 Hojo, Matsuyama-city, Ehime 799-2496, and St. Mary’s College at 422 Tsubuku-honmachi, Kurume, Fukuoka 30-8558, are four (4) of the new higher education institutions that joined ASEACCU. Respectively, the presidents of the aforementioned institutions from Japan are Sr. Eiko Matsushita, Dr. Yobu Yaguchi, Fr. Jovino San Muguel, O.P., and Francisco Assusu Saburo Ide, PhD.

Philippines

Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba which is located in Bucal, Calamba City, Laguna, 4027, Holy Angel University at #1 Holy Angel Avenue, Sto. Rosario, Angeles City 2009, Lourdes College along Capistrano St, Cagayan de Oro, 9000 Misamis Oriental, St. Mary’s College of Tagum, Inc. at Km 55 National Highway, Barangay East, Tagum City, Davao del Norte, St. Michael’s College in Iligan City 9200, and University of the Immaculate Conception along Father Selga Street, Davao City, are the new members from higher education institutions in the Philippines.



May 24, 2017

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The 25th ASEACCU Conference will be held at Assumption University of Thailand from August 21-27, 2017.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Catholic Educational Institutions and Inclusive Education: Transforming Spaces, Promoting Practices, Changing Minds”.


The conference details are as follows:

Student Program (August 21-27, 2017)

Fee: 370 USD

Faculty Members and Staff Conference (August 24-27, 2017)

Fee: 400 USD (Single Room)

Campus Ministry Workshop (August 22-24, 2017)

Fee: 200 USD

Please visit http://www.aseaccu2017.au.edu/ for more details.



May 15, 2017

Specifically tackled in the ASEACCU Executive Board Meeting which was held last April 24-26 in Boracay, Philippines, are matters of utmost concern particularly those that pertain to the organization’s strategic direction. Regarding the ASEACCU Website, member universities are encouraged to publish articles and news updates. Important decisions made by the executive board will likewise be published in the website. The ASEACCU newsletter is expected to come out regularly. The next issue will come out in June 2017 and just like the maiden issue, member universities are encouraged to contribute news articles, news updates, and post recent and upcoming events. Future issues will include features such as new universities joining the organization and their activities. Though, the ASEACCU Newsletter is available on-line, copies of the newsletter will be given to member institutions during the 2017 conference. The joint publication initiative by ASEACCU member institutions is actually ongoing. The next issue of the Philippiniana Sacra Journal in collaboration with Solidarity, a Journal from Notre Dame of Australia, will feature the proceedings from the Broome Conference as well as other significant articles.


ASEACCU Executive Board Members and Representatives in Boracay Islands, Philippines

Mr. Glen Chatelier (Thailand), Prof. Peta Sanderson (Australia), Fr. Luke Jongchul WON (South Korea), Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, OP (Philippines), Prof. Yoshiaki Terumichi (Japan), Dr. Samuel CY Ku (Taiwan), Dr. Kuncoro Foe (Indonesia), Ms. Sotharin Men (Cambodia)]


The Executive Board also approved the program for the 2017 conference, which will be held at the Assumption University of Thailand. The theme chosen for this year is Catholic Educational Institutions and Inclusive Education: Transforming Spaces, Promoting Practices, Changing Minds. A separate workshop for those who are engaged in campus ministry will be held days before the annual conference. ASEACCU member universities that do not have Campus Ministry, but have people doing similar work as campus ministers, will be invited to the coming conference. Workshops on online education and community development may be included in future conferences.

One of the goals of ASEACCU is to articulate and promote the Catholic identity of member institutions through the proposed Leadership Academy, which will hold training for top-level, middle, and new administrators is tentatively scheduled in 2018. The said training is expected to highlight or emphasize regional content as well as train educators in a non-Catholic society. ASEACCU will seek the assistance of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU).  Regarding ASEACCU’s regular board meetings, the executive board has decided to strengthen organizational governance by meeting twice a year.



January 16, 2017
Promoting the Culture of Encounter: A Reflection on the Importance of Family and School for Developing an Ethics of Ecology in Japanese Society (Dr Michael Polito -Sophia University, Tokyo)

The family as a basic unity of society should be the first one to make children aware of ecological education which teaches respect for life and the environment, but the family is aided by the school, another social institution that is responsible in shaping the fundamental cultural and attitudinal development of persons, which in this study, would refer to Japanese society. Formation is schools is of the utmost importance since it teaches not only socially acceptable behavior at an early age but also the development of an ethics of ecology.

This study is anchored on Laudato Si which recognizes the symbiotic relationship and collaborative partnership between the family and the school in Japanese society in relation to the current environmental crisis. The family and the school can be in a better position to develop an ethics of ecology for a nation whose cultural traditions celebrate the harmony and beauty of the natural world.

 Dr. Michael Polito joined Sophia University in 2015 and has a Ph.D. in Administration and Supervision of Church and Non-public school Leadership from the Graduate School of Education within The Center for Catholic Leadership and Faith-Based Education at Fordham University.

Dr. Michael Polito – Sophia University, Tokyo


Indigenous Relational Perspective of Ecological Education and Comprehensive Well-Being (Dr. Inna Reddy Edara, SVD – Fu jen Catholic University, New Taipe City)

The encyclical Laudato Si highlights “integral ecology”, an extensive response to the call to care for our common home, which involves environmental, social, economic, cultural and spiritual ecologies.  While this is instrumental in promoting environmental education which increases our awareness in creating a “culture of care” for our common home, many researchers believe that indigenous ecological knowledge systems are equally important or perhaps even more vital in caring for our environment.

This study highlights the significance of a symbiotic relationship which involves people and the ecological system and promotes an understanding of what constitutes their intimate relational dynamic which demands a holistic or global consciousness. The study likewise proposes an integral ecological education model of an “indigenous relational perspective of ecological education and comprehensive well-being” which underscores interconnectedness that brings together the indigenous aspects of environmental knowledge, kincentric ecology, ecological conversion and harmony, and ecological spirituality in creating a “culture of care” for our common home and in promoting our common good, quality of life and well-being.

Fr. Inna Reddy Edara SVD has a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University in Maryland, USA. He currently works at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei, Taiwan.

Dr. Inna Reddy Edara, SVD – Fu jen Catholic University, New Taipe City


Semen vS Samin: the Petition online “change.org” in Perspective of Laudato si’ (Mr. Finsensius Yuli Purnama – Widya Mandala Catholic University, Surabaya)

A cement company in Indonesia goes out of its bounds by pushing for its dubious business interests which in the process exploit nature and deprive human beings as subjects of ecological management. This encroachment on basic human rights and environmentalism has led to protests against the cement plant, which protesters claim destroy and damage ecology and the environment.

This study reveals how protesters particularly women bury their feet in cement boxes as a sign of disapproval and how the Samin community resorted to technology via the internet thru Change.org to voice out their objections. 27, 876 people have already affixed their signatures on the petition to stop the operations of the cement plant in the hope that the Samin people be able to reclaim and maintain their homeland.

Finsensius Yuli Purnama has a Master’s degree in the field of Media and Communications at the University of Airlangga. He is currently a lecturer at the Widya Mandala Catholic University of Surabaya in Indonesia.

Mr. Finsensius Yuli Purnama – Widya Mandala Catholic University, Surabaya


A Socio-Theological Discourse on the Land: Laudato Si’ vis-à-vis Indigenous Peoples of the Cordilleras (Dr. Jeoffrey M. Almazan – University of Santo Tomas, manila, and Dr. Francisco Agoot – Saint Louis University, Baguio City)

Cultural minorities, such as Cordillera’s indigenous peoples, should be principal dialogue partners especially when large projects affecting their lands are proposed. For them, their land is a sacred space, a gift from God, and not a commodity that can be bought and sold.  Their land speaks of their identity and values as a people and they are the ones who can care for it best. For over two decades, they continue to assert their historical right of self-determination through regional autonomy.

Pursuant to the constitutional mandate, two attempts had been waged to achieve the status of regional autonomy in the Cordillerra. This has led to dispute and failure since the two organic acts had been rejected and were never ratified. This particular study specifically seeks to answer the following questions: What are the underlying reasons for the failure of the 1998 plebiscite vis-à-vis the provisions of the Republic act 8438 and what alternative framework does Laudato Si offer in order to support a new scheme for the Cordillera Autonomous Region?

 

Dr. Jeofrey Almazan has a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila Philippines. He is presently teaching at St. Louis University, Baguio City Philippines.

Dr. Francisco Agoot has a Ph.D. in Educational Management and is currently teaching at St. Louis University, Baguio.

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Dr. Jeoffrey M. Almazan – University of Santo Tomas

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Dr. Francisco Agoot – Saint Louis University, Baguio City



January 12, 2017

Rich in culture, tradition, and mysticism and renowned for its flourishing commercial and business district, Bangkok, one of the world’s top tourist destinations, will be the site where administrators, students, and scholars from Catholic higher learning institutions in the Southeast and East Asian region will converge. At the heart of Bangkok is Assumption University, the host of the 2017 Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU) Conference.  Assumption University is a non-profit institution administered by the Brothers of St. Gabriel, a worldwide Catholic religious order, founded in France in 1705 by St. Louis Marie De Monfort, and devoted to education and philanthropic activities. With a nearly 20,000 student population, high caliber faculty, and a truly international community of scholars and professionals, Assumption University is indeed an ideal setting for a dynamic intellectual exchange, particularly on matters pertaining Inclusive Education which is the theme of this year’s ASEACCU conference.

Assumption University, Suvarnabhumi Campus


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December 5, 2016

The members of the ASEACCU Executive Board composed of Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. (Phlippines), Dr. Kuncoro Foe (Indonesia), Mr. Glen Chatelier (Thailand), Prof. Takashi Hayashita (Japan), Rev. Fr. Choi Jun Gui (Korea), Dr. Chou Shieu-Ming (Taiwan), and Prof. Peta Sanderson (Australia) had a meeting last November 7, 2016 at the Assumption University in Bangkok Thailand.


ASEACCU Executive Board Meeting in Assumption University of Thailand, Bangkok (From left to right: Mr. Chatelier, Fr. Miranda OP, Prof. Sanderson, Fr. Choi, Prof. Hayashita, Dr. Chou, Fr. Dagohoy, OP, Bro. Bancha, Dr. Foe, Asst. Prof. Aiden Yeh)


They discussed the strategic direction ASEACCU will take, which includes strengthening collaboration through joint collaboration of articles publication in accredited academic journals and sharing of information through shared data on research among ASEACCU members. Strengthening collaboration can be done via the ASEACCU newsletter, website, and student forum. Another is to articulate a common Catholic identity among ASEACCU members through annual conferences, and student and staff Catholic formation for future leadership.  ASEACCU also intends to focus on contextualizing regional and local issues as well as strengthen the organizational governance through biannual meetings and reports of its executive board, identify achievable projects that are beneficial to ASEACCU members, and institutionalize membership feedback mechanism. The next ASEACCU Executive Board meeting is set on April 24-26, 2017 in Manila.



November 29, 2016

Student delegates outside Notre Dame’s Nulungu Chapel.


Welcome Reception – Lilibeth Arcena, Fiona Samantha Ajoc, John Chin, Professor Peta Sanderson and Anitra Yu.


The gift of multiculturalism, celebrating new friendships, exploring faith-based perspectives of Indigenous values and traditions, and a trip to the famous Cable Beach were highlights of the 2016 ASEACCU Conference, hosted by The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Broome Campus.

Notre Dame welcomed more than 170 delegates including university leaders, academics and students from across Australia as well as Southeast and East Asia, to the heart of Western Australia’s Kimberley region for the Conference from 22-28 August 2016. Delegates began arriving in Broome from Monday 21 August, with many staying on in the town or travelling across WA to visit some of the State’s attractions well after the Conference.

The aim of the Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic College and Universities Conference (ASEACCU) is to reflect on challenges that are universal in nature, develop multinational and multi-institutional links, and continue to share the gift of faith across each community.

Comprising a student immersion program, an academic forum and an annual meeting of the leaders of Catholic universities and colleges of the region, the 2016 ASEACCU Conference provided delegates with the unique opportunity to hear from Indigenous people about their perspectives of land, country and culture, and to explore their faith in that context.

Professor Celia Hammond, Notre Dame’s Vice Chancellor, said the University’s Broome Campus provided the ideal backdrop for this year’s ASEACCU Conference which reflected in detail on the theme Valuing Indigenous Cultures and Traditions in the Care for our Common Home.

“Drawing on our shared Catholic faith and wisdom, all delegates were able to explore and consider the message of Jesus Christ as reflected in Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato si’ through a greater understanding of religion and Aboriginal culture in Australia’s Kimberley region,” Professor Hammond said.

“What was most pleasing, however, was the sense of community that developed throughout the week. The universal feedback the University has received from visitors has been sheer delight, appreciation and awe at the unity, spirit and friendliness that the ASEACCU Conference had created between the student and staff delegates.”

As part of the student program, delegates visited the Aboriginal community of Beagle Bay; shared lunch with the Kimberley Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation; explored the history of the cosmos on Cable Beach; and heard from Fr Denis Edwards and community leaders Peter Yu and Mark Bin Bakar on their perspectives of Laudato si’.


An enjoyable trip to Cable Beach for student delegates.

Throughout the Conference, students celebrated the diverse languages and cultures of their new friends through art, storytelling and song, as well as sampled local Australian cuisine.

The 2016 ASEACCU Academic Forum was hosted by the Religion and Global Affairs Program, an initiative of the Institute for Ethics and Society at Notre Dame. Principal partners of the Forum are the academic journals Philippiniana Sacra (University of Santo Tomas, Manila) and Solidarity (The University of Notre Dame Australia).

Dr Michael Polito (Sophia University), Dr Inna Reddy Edara (Fu Jen Catholic University), Finsensius Yuli Purnama (Widya Mandala Catholic University) and Dr Joefrey Almazan (Saint Louis University, Baguio City) delivered papers as part of the Forum.

The Conference Mass at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral was celebrated by Bishop Christopher Saunders, and the Closing Ceremony and Dinner was held at St Mary’s College. Assumption University of Thailand will host the ASEACCU Conference in 2017.

“We were delighted to welcome delegates from across the Southeast and East Asian region for this historic ASEACCU Conference in Broome and to facilitate the celebration and growth of our special community of faith,” Professor Peta Sanderson, Pro Vice Chancellor International and Research at Notre Dame, said.

“Our special thanks go to Fr Dagohoy OP, ASEACCU Executive Secretary; Fr Barnabe D’Souza, Deputy Secretary General of International Federation of Catholic Universities; and all event sponsors for making this ASEACCU Conference such a success.”

Please visit the official ASEACCU Facebook page for photos and other highlights from the Broome Conference.



June 9, 2016

The goals of the University of Notre Dame Australia include the provision of university education, within the context of Catholic faith and values; and the provision of an excellent standard of teaching, scholarship and research, training for the professions; and pastoral care for its students. The establishment of the Broome campus is central to Notre Dame achieving its goals as a Catholic University and one that builds on an existing commitment to indigenous education throughout Australia.

Please visit The University of Notre Dame Australia – Broome Campus for more information.



The University of Notre Dame, Australia, Broome Campus is the host of the Association of Southeast and East Asian Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU) Conference which will be held on August 23-27, 2016. Notre Dame’s Campus is found in the heart of the beautiful Kimberley region of northern Western Australia, a 2.5 hour flight from Perth. It is situated in Yawuru Country which provides the ideal location for this year’s conference theme: Valuing Indigenous Cultures and Traditions and the Care for our Common Home.

Please visit the 24th ASEACCU Conference 2016 in The UNDA – Broome Campus for more information.



June 9, 2016

Broome is a traveler’s paradise with its pristine waters, wide empty beaches, abundant wildlife, breathtaking colors, and rich history, which attracts thousands of visitors each year. A unique town, located on a vast peninsula, Broome is one of the last great wildernesses that provide the ultimate sense of adventure for there is so much to see and discover.

The unique cultural mix of friendly and hospitable people genuinely captures the perfect blend of distinct and dynamic diversity, which is a haven for nature lovers and dolphin watchers, as well as the finest hotels and restaurants, historical sites, and exotic island groves are just some of the most exquisite places to visit in Broome. Broome exemplifies the ultimate vacation experience and one of best places to hold international gatherings and conventions.


Camel rides on Cable Beach (image source: Vanessa Croll write-up @ www.news.com.au)


Which is a haven for nature lovers and dolphin watchers, as well as the finest hotels and restaurants, historical sites, and exotic island groves are just some of the most exquisite places to visit in Broome. Broome exemplifies the ultimate vacation experience and one of best places to hold international gatherings and conventions.



May 17, 2016

Founded in 1611, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Philippines, is the oldest-existing university in Asia existing for more than four hundred years and the largest Catholic university in the world in terms of student population in a single campus. Nestled in the heart of Manila, UST is a private institution of higher learning and has been consistently recognized for its excellence in instruction, groundbreaking research, and extensive community service. UST has grown into an exceptional institution with 19 faculties and holds the distinction of three honorable titles: “Royal” granted by King Charles III of Spain in 1785, “Pontifical” bestowed by Pope Leo XII in 1902, and “The Catholic University of the Philippines” conferred by Pope Pius XII in 1947.

Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P., Rector of the University of Santo Tomas, was elected as the new Executive Secretary of the Association of Southeast and East Asian Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU) beginning from August 30, 2015. Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan transferred the Secretariat to the University of Santo Tomas during the 23rd ASEACCU conference held in Semarang, Indonesia.



May 17, 2016

Seisen Jogakuin College which is located in 2-120-8 Ueno, Nagano 381-0085 Japan and Widya Mandira Catholic University (Universitas Katolik Widya Mandira) which is located in Jl Jend. A. Yani 50-52 Kupang 85225 – Timor, NTT, Indonesia, are the new higher education institutions that joined ASEACCU. Yutaka Shibayama is the President of Seisen Jogakuin College and Fr. Yulius Yacinto, SVD is the President of Widya Mandira Catholic University

For those who are interested in joining ASEACCU, full membership may be granted to institutions that are recognized legal degree-granting Catholic universities and colleges in their respective countries. Associate membership may be granted to Catholic universities and colleges that are not within the Southeast and East Asian region and National associations of Catholic universities and colleges within the Southeast and East Asian region.

The ex officio representatives of Catholic universities and colleges, who are full or associate members, will be their president. In the case of national associations, the ex officio representative will be the Executive Secretary or the person holding an equivalent position. The ex officio representatives may appoint someone from their universities and colleges or associations to represent their institutions and, in the case of those with full membership, exercise their right to vote in elections or other actions where votes are taken by ASEACCU. Observer status may be granted to others wishing to attend the annual meetings of ASEACCU.

In addition to the above conditions, acceptance of a university or college to full membership requires the following: nomination by two universities that are full members of ASEACCU in good standing, review and recommendation by the Advisory Committee, and approval by two-thirds vote of the full members of the association present in a general assembly.The same conditions as for new members apply to the granting of associate membership and permanent observer status.



May 5, 2016

The 2016 Association of Southeast and East Asian Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU) Conference will be attended by Asian and Australian academics, University leaders and students to engage in an educational dialogue and experience a range of cultural activities in the heart of the Kimberley. Delegates will connect with their colleagues, learn and gain insights into common challenges and experiences of valuing indigenous cultures and traditions. The conference provides an opportunity for delegates to reflect and inspire positive change and development in their Catholic higher education communities.

Professional delegates and students are expected to attend from Catholic universities and colleges from Southeast and East Asian regions including Korea, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Australia. The professional delegates are composed of Presidents/Vice Chancellors or their senior representatives, academics, and Campus Ministry staff while student delegates who will be attending are those with Campus Ministry Links and academic performance together with study areas relevant to the conference theme. The 24th ASEACCU Conference also aims to revisit the goals of ASEACCU as a regional association.


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September 1, 2015

ASEACCU Annual Conference was held in Soegijapranata Catholic University, Semarang, Indonesia last August 27-29, 2015. The theme of the conference Catholic Higher Education and Religious Inclusiveness served as a platform to learn, share, and discuss the issues pertaining to religious inclusiveness and the role of Catholic Higher Education in Asian contexts. As in previous annual conferences, the 2015 annual conference had two parts, namely, a student camp and a faculty conference. One hundred (100) administrators and faculty members from different ASEACCU member institutions attended the faculty conference, and fifty eight (58) students participated in the student camp.

The faculty conference and student camp were simultaneously held. Topics that were discussed in the faculty conference included “Inclusiveness in a Culturally Diverse Country”, “Catholic Higher Education in a Diverse Learning Community”, and “Religious Inclusiveness and the Role of Higher Education” while the student camp introduced the students to pluralism as well as to various environmental and social problems. The student camp and service learning programs were also intended to immerse students into the actual practice of religious inclusiveness in Central Java.