Ongoing Research: ASEAN Regionalism and Cross-border Research of Philippine Higher Education


This thesis examines how Southeast Asian higher education regionalization facilitated by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has influenced the cross-border research of Philippine higher education with a particular case of a state-funded flagship university’s main campus. This study probes into the views of key administrators and university professors about higher education regionalization and its role in their university’s cross-border research with supporting insights from document analysis and bibliometric data. The findings of this study show that the ASEAN regionalization project has served as a vital mechanism to enhance the university’s research performance and its overall competitiveness in an era of globalization. However, in spite of the advantages that the regionalization brings, there are areas of concerns and contestations that pose limits to this potential.

Keywords: ASEAN, Philippine higher education, higher education regionalization, cross-border research

About the Study

This study forms part of my Master’s program in International Politics at the Katholiek Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, AY 2019-2020.

Time frame: October 2019-present


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