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ADDU, in partnership with USJ, Macau holds an International Learning Session on Business Ethics and Doing Good Business with China

The Ateneo Internationalization for Mindanao Office with the School of Business and Governance conducted an international learning session in partnership with the University of Saint Joseph, Macau on 09 November 2022 via Zoom teleconference. The international learning session was entitled: “Business Ethics: Doing Good Business with China” with Rev. Fr. Stephan Rothlin, SJ, as the lead discussant.

The learning session was able to help the participants in developing a better understanding of corporate and managerial behavior in China and beyond Asia. More specifically, it discussed the impact of ethics (whether in Asia or elsewhere in the world) and moral theories by citing real situations and specific dilemmas. It also posed an argument for the urgent need for a new economic paradigm focused on business practices in Asia, particularly in China. 

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ADDU hosts a hybrid International Learning Session on "Music as Creation and Destruction in Lewis and Tolkien" with international visiting lecturer Dr. David J. Kendall

The Ateneo Internationalization for Mindanao Office hosted a hybrid International Learning Session on “Music as Creation and Destruction in Lewis and Tolkien” on 23 November 2022. At the helm of the discussion is Dr. David J. Kendall, international visiting lecturer from La Sierra University, California, USA. The learning session hosted participants who joined via Zoom as well as attended in person at the newly inaugurated Bapa Benny Tudtud Auditorium at the ADDU Jacinto Campus. 

The learning session explored the worldbuilding in CS Lewis’ Narnia and JRR Tolkien’s the Lord of the Rings through the lens of musicology and comparative literature. It highlighted the powerful role of music in both mythologies, effectively validating the place of Lewis and Tolkien in the literary canon of high fantasy.

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ADDU listed among the best higher education institutions in the QS Asia University Rankings 2023

Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) is listed among the best higher education institutions in Asia in the 2023 University Rankings of the global higher education think-tank Quacquarelli Symonds or QS.

The QS World University Rankings is the world’s most popular source of comparative data on university performance. Strategic internationalization was one of the metrics for QS ranking, and the University realizes this. ADDU is determined to continue fostering globally-networked learning environments that empower the academic community for excellent instruction and formation, robust research, and vibrant community service. ADDU, through its International Office, will continue to fortify strategic internationalization as a realization of ADDU’s revitalized mission for borderless education.

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ADDU community welcomes Fr. Karel S. San Juan, the newly elected succeeding University President

By the unanimous decision of the Board of Trustees, Fr. Karel S. San Juan, SJ has been elected as the next President of the Ateneo de Davao University effective next year, 14 September 2023, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.

The decision was informed by the work of the Presidential Search Committee, which conducted conversation assemblies with the Ateneo community and various consultations with external allies in higher education. The process was historic as the community considered the possibility of a lay (non-Jesuit) leader for the university, culminating in the nomination of two (2) lay candidates, both of whom were women.

The University looks forward to welcoming Fr. Karel San Juan, SJ, and we pray for him in this calling. We are also most grateful to our University President, Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ, who has led and served the Ateneo de Davao University with integrity for eleven strong years.

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ADDU celebrates the Mindanao Week of Peace 2022 with the theme: "Enduring Peace: Mindanawons living in Solidarity, Service, and Security towards a Sustainable Future"

The Davao City Association of Catholic Schools (DACS), in partnership with Ateneo de Davao University, celebrated the Mindanao Week of Peace (MWOP) on 24 November 2022.

The highlight of the MWOP this year was the Bishops-Ulama Conference (BUC) Keynote with Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ, University President of the Ateneo de Davao University, attended by some 100+ participants from the academe, religious and private organizations. In his keynote, he highlighted the history of BUC and the importance of the Document on Human Fraternity in celebrating the MWOP. He left the participants with reflection questions that can guide the direction we wish to undertake as Mindanawons looking forward. His questions were focusing on the themes of collaboration and mutual understanding of how human fraternity works in our world. The contributions to peace in Mindanao and how we must continue engaging the government in sustaining the gains of peace in BARMM and Mindanao.

One of the highlights of the MWOP 2022 was the very solemn interfaith prayer by representatives of the tri-people in Mindanao at the start of the keynote. The interfaith prayer captured the essence of the unity in diversity in Mindanao among its tri-people.

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Social Science Faculty Members and Graduate Students of ADDU in Tokyo

On November 26-27, 2022, a group from Ateneo de Davao University participated in the 5th Philippine Studies Conference in Japan (PSCJ), held at the University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus. Four researchers from the southern Philippine island of Mindanao gathered to share some of their latest findings from their different fields.

Anthropology graduate student Kristine Cordenillo gave a glimpse into a day in the lives of the Ata Manobo ethnolinguistic group in a remote village in the town of Kapalong, Davao del Norte. Economist Christian Pasion zoomed in on urban poverty in the Philippines’ highly urbanized cities, creating a picture of the urban poor based on data provided by the 2018 Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES).  Local historian Karlo Antonio Galay David shared some fascinating stories that unfolded in his hometown of Kidapawan, Cotabato, during the Second World War, sharing tales of love and death between the locals and the occupying Japanese forces. And psychologist Nelly Limbadan looked at two distinct but similar communities in the Philippines with Japanese roots, the Nikkei-jin (descendants of historical Japanese immigrants to the Philippines) and the Japanese-Filipino Children (offspring of more recent unions between Filipinos and Japanese). 

The four researchers came from different fields but were gathered together in Prof. Waka Aoyama’s socially engaged art project ‘Cultivating a Place Together.’ This international participation is through JSPS KAKEN No.21H03700 headed by Prof. Aoyama.

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ADDU Anthropology student among 200 researchers selected in the Association of Internet Researchers Conference in Dublin, Ireland

An undergraduate anthropology student at the Ateneo de Davao University was one of the 226 researchers to present a paper at the Association of Internet Researchers Conference (AoIR) on November 2 to 5, 2022.

Fourth-year student Gwyneth Marie M. Vasquez researches the digital divide in Mindanao. For her presentation at AoIR titled “Between Haves and Have-nots: The Invention of Global and Local Digital Divides in the Age of American Imperialism,” Vasquez argues that “the ‘digital divide,’ simplistically conceived as the gap between those who have and do not have access to the internet and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) more broadly, is a historical extension of the Western development discourse often found in telecommunication policy and government initiatives.”

AoIR is one of the premier international academic associations in internet studies. Out of 642 paper and panel submissions, only 50% (226) of the papers and 89% (24) of the panels were accepted for presentation at the conference. The said conference was held at Technological University Dublin’s Grangegorman Campus, with the theme “Decolonizing the Internet.”

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