BPI Professorial Chair for Migration and Overseas Filipino Work
The Center for Research and Communication (CRC) with the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Foundation, Inc., established the BPI Professorial Chair for Migration and Overseas Filipino Work (MOFW). For three years, the holder of the professorial chair, Associate Professor and CRC Director for Operations Dr. Veronica Esposo Ramirez, will undertake research studies on migration and development, and publish teaching resource materials on the integration of migration into the K-12 BEC subjects.
The center’s work on overseas Filipino workers has had a number of accomplishments, including the publication of the book Working Overseas: Diaspora that Sustains a Nation. The publication includes socio-economic analysis and benchmarking of overseas household service workers and other research studies and activities initiated by CRC.
Together with its committee on OFW composed of key stakeholders in the migration industry, CRC also crafted a legislative bill proposal for investment incentives for overseas Filipino workers and/or their immediate family members. A series of roundtable discussions and conferences was also held to bring together people engaged in overseas employment in reasoned conversation and dialogue on issues that affect not only OFWs, but also their families left behind, communities, and the entire nation. All these were done with the purpose of making current issues understood by decision-makers in business, government and civil society, who can translate progressive ideas into action.
Leo Parma-Asiapro Professorial Chair
Funded by Asiapro’s Kagawani Foundation, the Leo Parma / Asiapro Professorial Chair will enable in perpetuum a number of our professors to undertake a wide range of research focusing on how economics and business can–without losing their predominant concerns on getting the maximum material benefits from relatively scarce resources–still be instruments for attaining societal goals.
UA&P co-founder Dr. Bernardo Villegas is the first to assume the Chair.
According to the Asiapro-UA&P agreement, the University appoints the holder of the professorial chair, who must be (1) a person of good moral character, (2) of professorial rank with high academic achievement, and (3) of established professional reputation in any field with a substantial bearing on social entrepreneurship.
Among the duties of the Chairholder is conducting social entrepreneurship-related lectures, research and outreach activities, and an annual colloquium.
Samsung Korean Studies Professorial and Research Chair
The Samsung Korean Studies Program (SKSP) was inaugurated in December 2011 at the UA&P College of Arts and Sciences with a grant from the Samsung Group for the professorial and research chair. In July 2013, SKSP was selected by the Academy of Korean Studies as a recipient of its three-year Overseas Korean Studies Incubation Program (OKSIP) through which SKSP conducts research, conferences, seminars, and networking in the Korean studies academe. Prof. Djun Kil Kim, who has chaired SKSP since the inauguration, has also been charged as the project director of OKSIP since 2013.
Samsung Korean Studies Program performs activities such as the following:
- Teaching lecture courses of Korean studies in the University
- Conducting research topics of Korean studies with participation of Philippine scholars in the fields of Political Economy, International Relations, and Korean Literature
- Organizing outreach programs for Korean studies including seminars, workshops, colloquia, and international conferences
- Networking with Korean Studies scholars in North America, Europe, and Asia through the Association of Asian Studies
- Supporting scholarship for Philippine Korean Studies scholars in Korean universities
- Establishing an archive for Korean Studies at the University library
Given the scholarly attraction in developing countries, including the Philippines, toward South Korea’s transformation during the past decades, the program would contribute to promoting Korean Studies in the Philippine and Southeast Asian academe.