Asia and beyond represented in IPE’s int’l conference

Asia and beyond represented in IPE’s int’l conference

by UA&P News Desk on November 14, 2011 - 4:34 pm

The Institute of Political Economy (IPE) together with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations welcome foreign delegates from diverse backgrounds in convening the three-day Shift 2011 Conference on the future of international politics last October 26 to 28.

Gathering graduate students, young scholars and future policymakers from the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Australia, and the United States, the conference talked about key global issues such as tourism, migration, cross-cultural problems, civil rights, government reform and security among others. It opened with a lecture by former German Ambassador to the Philippines Dr. Klaus Zeller on the future of the Asian region.

Economist and Center for Research and Communication Director Dr. Bernardo Villegas shared his observations on the overseas workers phenomenon, and mentioned about how migration can greatly contribute to the country’s progress in the next decades.

Mohammad Fikri Pido of the University Muhammadiyak of Luwuk received the Best Research Award for his paper “Jihad and Enemy’s Construction of Imam Samudra.”

Among those papers presented by individual faculty members from the University’s Department of Asia Pacific Studies, IPE and Department of Philosophy. Some local presenters also come from the University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, Miriam College, University of the East, and Cebu Normal University.

Various universities and educational institutions abroad are also represented by paper presenters touching on the fight against sex tourism in Indonesia, health concerns in Papua New Guinea, Islamic fundamentalism, political elites in Iran, an ethnic people in Australia, remittances in Pakistan, and the impact of globalization to name a few.

The conference, indeed, has lived up to its name, which stands for “Shaping Insights and Forecasting Trends.” It has become  a venue for scholars of various disciplines to somehow project the global political landscape in the following years. #

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