Local Knowledge in the Face of the ASEAN Integration 2015           Asian University Digital Resource Network 3rd Conference

Good morning everyone!

In behalf of our academic community here at La Salle Bacolod, I welcome one and all to the city and to the heart of our educational institution! Malipayon nga pag-abot sa tanan!

Let me tell you a story. Some time ago, a University student went on a hike to do an animal population study in a forest. The team had a local guide - a member of the indigenous people familiar with the area. It so happens that the trail was not easy, the hike was long, and soon, the student went hungry. The guide located a wild guava tree laden with fruit, and after having eaten their fill, and some rest, they prepared to move on. The university student then opened his backpack and loaded up on more guavas from the tree. The local guide just watched. Suddenly feeling uncomfortable, the university student asked, "What about you? Aren't you taling more for the journey up ahead?" The guide simply nodded his head and said, "No, because others might still pass this way, and they might also be hungry." The guavas in the student's backpack suddenly felt heavy like lead rocks. He learned something that day that he never forgot.

This is what I think local knowledge is all about. And that is what the AUDRN is all about. Learning from the historical, cultural, spiritual genius of various peoples and sharing that knowledge at the university and its universe through digital tools and applications. And if only for that lofty and noble goal, we are honored to be hosting AUDRN's third conference here at La Salle Bacolod.

As universities, we accompany young people towards an optimum quality of life, and towards total wholeness and integration as persons. And as we say among the La Salle schools, we not only have the mission of teaching minds, but also touching hearts and transforming lives.

As learning institutions, respect for various cultures, and the cultural-intellectual-spiritual genius of various peoples is built into our educational and missionary DNA. Working with local knowledge should be probably our greatest strength, especially after the phenomenal post-colonial growth in global historical consciousness, and in the increased awareness and respect of the power of cultural resilience and resistance to all forms of domination.

After globalization and internationalization of the last two decades, the buzzword today is regional integration. ASEAN has set December 2015 as its first target date for partial integration. The move towards full ASEAN integration is going to be irreversible.

Meanwhile, the DepEd has set June 2016 as its target for an integrated basic education program called K-12.

As a people, and as universities, we will be hung on these two horns of a dilemma, or we will be propelled forward by these two engines into development.

That is what this conference will attempt to look into.

With that in mind, this conference bears much promise and excitement indeed, since it will look at ways and means to push the agenda farther down the road.

I know how challenging, but also how exciting and spiritual that road up ahead of us can be. Good luck to all of us then on these next two days!

Sa liwat, malipayon nga pag-abot kag kabay pa nga madamo gid kamo matun-an sa isa kag isa, kag maka tyansa nga makabisita sa lain lain nga lugar diri sa Bacolod! Maayong adlaw sa tanan. Madamo gid nga salamat!

Local Knowledge in the Face of the ASEAN Integration 2015

Asian University Digital Resource Network 2nd National Convention

Good morning everyone! I am Br. Mawel Pajarillo, President and Chancellor of the University of St. La Salle, and in behalf of our academic community here at La Salle Bacolod, I welcome one and all to the city and to the heart of our educational institution! Malipayon nga pag-abot sa tanan!

I was delighted to learn that La Salle Bacolod is hosting the 2nd National Convention of this network. It shows me, as the incoming school President of this institution that La Salle Bacolod considers accompanying young people towards an optimum quality of life, and towards total wholeness and integration as persons, as extremely important, and that working with others, or more specifically, networking, is to this institution, equally important.

One advantage that we members of international religious congregations have is that we naturally network. We have to, in view of our mission of education. Thus, our educational corporation, De La Salle Philippines, connects 17 La Salle schools - 5 of them universities, and 7 of them with tertiary education units, and 45 supervised schools in this country. In turn, we are connected to schools and Brothers in 79 countries around the world, and in Asia, we are bonded with educational institutions in Pakistan in the West to Indonesia in the East, from Japan in the North to India and Sri Lanka to the South and all of Asia in between. The senior high school program being launched in our country is a case in point: La Salle benchmarked with our European and Commonwealth counterparts, as well as with the Asian countries who were former European colonies.

At the same time, respect for various cultures, and the cultural-intellectual-spiritual genius of various peoples is built into our educational and missionary DNA. In fact, probably our greatest strength as an educational, missionary congregation is in working with local knowledge, especially after the phenomenal post-colonial growth in global historical consciousness, and in the awareness and respect of the power of cultural resilience and resistance to all forms of domination.

Going back to the young people who are at the core of our educational service. The AUDRN members, I understand, do this educational service for the youth by supporting their mentors and guides, the so-called academic professionals, in information exchange and local knowledge management. One text I read says that the members aim to carry this out by using appropriate digital tools and applications toward creating sustainable communities in Asia.

Further, one of the key goals of AUDRN is "to advance local knowledge as legitimate content of academic endeavors and recognize local communities as rich sources of this knowledge."

With that vision and the goals of AUDRN in mind, this meeting looks very promising and exciting indeed, since it will look at ways and means to push the agenda farther down the road.

For Filipinos in particular, it bears watching, because as a Myanmar brother once told me (Myanmar shares contiguous borders with Bangladesh, India, China, Nepal and Thailand), the great fortune and misfortune of the Philippines is that we are islands....Because we are isolated and insulated, we have not had devastating wars and Asian colonial masters for centuries, but we also have not felt deeply the great historical, cultural, and intellectual tsunamis that cut across the plains, rivers and mountains of the Asian mainland and forever shaped our various neighbors as peoples. That is why, he said, we have no Shwe Dagon, Ayutthaya, Angkor Wat or Borobodur. No Balinese or Minangkabau architecture, no lasting Hindu or Buddhist or Confucian philosophical thought.

The move towards full ASEAN integration is going to change all that, and it will be irreversible. And the internet superhighways will be its choice modality. We will have morphing right before our eyes.

And that 21st century world will be quite different from ours. An you, University advocates of sharing local knowledge through digital resources, will walk them through their first steps into that world. I know how challenging, but also how exciting and spiritual the road ahead of you can be, and should be. And that journey goes further in the next three days, here in Bacolod. Good luck to us all then!

Sa liwat, malipayon nga pag-abot kag kabay pa nga madamo gid kamo matun-an sa isa kag isa, kag maka tyansa nga makabisita sa lain lain nga lugar diri sa Bacolod! Maayong adlaw sa tanan. Madamo gid nga salamat!

 

July 24 & 25, 2015, University of St. La Salle,Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

About the Conference 

The Asian University Digital Resource Network celebrates its 6th year with an international conference on local knowledge amidst the challenges of the ASEAN integration initiative that is expected to impact member nations by the end of 2015. The myriad facets of formal education among Southeast Asian nations are faced with the need to realign systems and processes, curricula and teaching strategies including the medium of instruction to a unified level of acceptable standards within the region. This conference will raise important issues and discuss challenges affecting students, teachers, and academic institutions in their pursuit for opportunities to competitively engage and actively contribute to the global economy and a more integrated international community. Emphasis shall focus on the need for the integration of local knowledge in the academic curriculum and the matter of building national identity and pride as well as creating an ASEAN socio-cultural community in the face of this regional integration.

Topic strands will revolve around pedagogy, andragogy, and heutagogy; the revitalized secondary education; student and teacher competencies in higher education; and the education systems across Southeast Asia.

Conference strands

Pedagogy, Andragogy, and Heutagogy

Culture-based Teaching Strategies

Constructivism, Social Learning, and Social Networks

English as the Medium of Instruction in Southeast Asia

Mother Tongue-based Primary Education

Local knowledge and E-Learning 

Revitalized Secondary Education

Contextualized Curriculum for Grades 11 & 12

Vocational-Technical Skills for the Global Economy

STEAM (Science, Technology, English, Arts, and Mathematics) 

Academic Competencies in Higher Education

            21st Century Teacher Competencies in Higher Education

            21st Century Student Competencies in Higher Education 

Educational Systems across Southeast Asia

            Kindergarten plus 12 Years

            Challenges in Educational Management and Administration 

            The ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community

Call for Participation  

Open invitation is given to all who are interested in local knowledge and how higher education institutions can utilize this framework in dealing with the challenges of the ASEAN integration. You may register at http://bit.ly/1bcksHo or email the conference secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for queries.

The registration fee for faculty members of AUDRN partner schools is Four Thousand Pesos (P4,000) which shall cover 4-night accommodation (inclusive of the convention day; check-in on July 22 and check-out on July 26), access to the plenary and breakout sessions of the two-day conference, digital conference materials to be downloaded from the website, and meals for three days. For those attending the two-day conference only, the registration fee is at Three Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (P3,500) only inclusive of 3-night accommodation.

The registration fee of faculty members of non-AUDRN partner schools is Three Thousand Pesos (P3,000) for local participants and One Hundred Dollars (US$100) for international participants shall cover access to the plenary and breakout sessions of the two-day conference, digital conference materials to be downloaded from the website, and meals for two days. Accommodation is excluded in the registration fee of non-AUDRN partner school.

Payment can be deposited at the Bank of the Philippine Islands, account number 1041-0007-47 under the account name of the University of St. La Salle or paid at the registration on the actual event. Please email a scanned copy of your deposit slip to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and present it at the registration table as proof of payment.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is on July 6, 2015. We will send out a bulletin of information after the confirmation of your registration.

Conference Secretariat

Katherine Maguad

Program Officer, University of St. La Salle

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Telephone: +639428131213; +6334-4350508 (telefax)

Cleo Grace Hinaut

Research Director, West Negros University

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Telephone: +639084719022; +639163750458

Sheila Lo Dingcong

Program Associate, Miriam College

Email: sheilalodingcong@gmail.com; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Telephone: +63920-2577491;+632-4354754 (telefax)