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


By utilising New Regionalism theory, this thesis examines how Southeast Asian higher education regionalism facilitated by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has influenced the cross-border research of Philippine higher education through the case of the University of the Philippines Diliman Campus, a state-funded flagship university. Examining cross-border research sheds light to concrete points of collaborations and contestations involved in regionalism as research is considered to be one of the three pillars of any given higher education institution, and as such, it serves as a potent tool for the Southeast Asian region to pursue its regional objectives. This study probes into the views of key administrators and university professors about ASEAN 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 regionalism project has served as a vital mechanism to enhance the university’s research performance and its overall competitiveness in an era of globalisation. However, in spite of the advantages that regionalism brings, there are areas of concerns and challenges that pose limits to this potential.

Keywords: regionalism, higher education, ASEAN, University of the Philippines Diliman Campus, cross-border research

About the Study

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

Time frame of the study: October 2019-August 2020


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