8th ASEAN Inter-University Seminars on Social Development
Manila, Philippines - The IUC is the biggest bi-annual gathering of academics and social scientists in Southeast Asia. The theme for this year's event is "ASEAN as a Community: Solidarity in a Globalizing World."
The University of the Philippines, Diliman Campus (Joint hosts: College of Mass Communication and the School of Labor & Industrial Relations), in collaboration with the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore, will hold the 8th ASEAN Inter-University Seminars on Social Development, which will take place on May 28 to 31, 2008, Manila Philippines. The theme for this year's event is "ASEAN as a Community: Solidarity in a Globalizing World."
The IUC is the biggest bi-annual gathering of academics and social scientists in Southeast Asia. Backstopped by its Regional Secretariat based in the National University of Singapore, the IUC has helped advanced the understanding of the human condition in all its dimensions in Southeast Asia. It is able to enlist the participation of leading scholars and researchers from different centers of learning all over the region, including those coming from outside the region.
As a backgrounder, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in its Leaders’ Summit in 2003 in Bali, adopted a historic vision to transform the region into an ‘ASEAN Community’. Based on Bali Concord II, ASEAN shall be an integrated community by 2020 built on three integration pillars – economy, socio-cultural and security. Since then, ASEAN, which is marking its 40th year in 2008, has advanced the economic integration program to 2015 and is now drafting an ASEAN Charter that will dramatically transform the ASEAN into a rules-based institution.
Luis G. Sison, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Research and Development (+63 2) 436-8720