International Networking for Local Knowledge and Values Education


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A paper presented in the Universitas Sam Ratulangi Manado International Seminar and Exhibition, "Enhancing Internationalization of Universities in Indonesia," June 20, 2012, Manado, Indonesia. The papers explains that networking can be a strategy for internationalization of higher education institutions. The Asian University Digital Resource Network and the Asia Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education are the examples.

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  • Another strategy towards internationalization of higher educational institutions is through the establishment of international networks centered around common academic interests, expertise, advocacies or core values. This is not a new strategy but the academic interest or advocacy could be. Two such network are the Asian University Digital Resource Network on the advocacy for local knowledge through digital tools and Asia Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education. These are two networks which Miriam College has taken leadership. Thus, let me first introduce my institution.
  • The International partnerships and programs Office takes care of our educational networks and of our international programs such as academic scholarships (inbound and outbound), academic exchange, internship, service-learning, study tours and short programs, workshops and conferences, and special projects.
  • AUDRN is an innovative program of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, under its Local Knowledge Initiative. United Board is a Christian organization that works in partnership with higher education institutions in 13 countries and regions of Asia to express values such as justice, reconciliation and harmony between ethnic and religious communities, gender equity, care for the environment, and civil society.  The United Board operates as a programmatic, grant-making and grant-seeking organization. While we strive towards internationalization of universities, we need to be aware that there are dangers of homogenization of culture and globalization. The development and production of local knowledge, whether through the use of digital tools or traditional modes, can be an effective counterweight to these dangers . The goal of this initiative is to build capacity among faculty and staff of Asian higher education institutions for collecting, documenting and sharing local knowledge for use in teaching, research, and curriculum review.
  • We have four thrusts.
  • In the Philippines, there are 9 HEI which are the pioneer members of AUDRN—they are spread across the country. These are universities known for their local knowledge expertise and academic leadership in their communities.
  • We have champions who are sustain the network in the field.
  • To take leadership in AUDRN-Indonesia is Soegijapranata Catholic Unviversity, a United Board and Miriam College partner, which has shown expertise in local knowledge through its research and digital documentation, particularly in Javanese vernacular architecture.
  • We held workshops: the first one hosted by Duta Wacana Christian University
  • Then field camps and forums
  • Followed by international events such as a conference workshop last year in Manila.
  • With a presentation of research projects from five Asian countries and a field work exercise
  • A recent AUDRN activity was in Semarang with an international camp hosted by SCU last May which resulted in my being invited here to talk with you.
  • Completed researches include those with topics of traditional arts, coping strategies of indigenous people, one’s hometown, local food, a digital mapping project of endemic and indigenous plants and lullabies in a local Philippine dialect. Common among these researches was the use of digital tools for documenting and sharing. There are several researches recently approved and the topics involve cultural practices of indigenous peoples, spirituality, indigenous laws and healing, and environmental management using local knowledge.
  • A community site at is the platform for 230 AUDRN members to connect and share digital resources on local knowledge. This is open to academics interested in local knowledge.
  • Two AUDRN social networking sites: an associated Facebook Fan page and a Twitter page operate as parallel information and communication touch points to promote AUDRN.
  • Mahara e-portfolio is an online social networking environment intended to improve communication, provide feedback and assist in the sharing of resources among different groups working on local knowledge projects. The network is intended to allow users to learn from diverse higher education institutions. You will find numerous free resources and topics that may be of interest, especially in the area of sharing Local Knowledge.
  • Established in Seoul, Korea and founded by experts from 8 countries who were all united under the basic philosophy drawn from UNESCO's original mandate: Peace for Development and development for Peace and committed to the building of a peaceful and sustainable future through education for international understanding and values education.
  • There are three active APNIEVE country chapters.
  • APNIEVE has developed 4 sourcebook books: each sourcebook is inspired by the philosophy of lifelong learning, founded on the "FOUR PILLARS OF EDUCATION; Learning the Treasure within, Jacques Delors.
  • The first two sourcebooks are out of print but are available online with the third sourcebook. The fourth sourcebook will soon be available online.
  • The Rainbow of Peace: Learning to Sing for a Peaceful and Sustainable Future—a music book by Dr. Lourdes R. Quisumbing, APNIEVE Founding President. I will give copies of the last two sourcebooks and the music book with a CD to our organizer, Sam Ratulangi University.
  • It is fitting that I end here. Both networks, AUDRN and APNIEVE work for the culture of peace—learning to live together in unity amidst diversity.
  • International Networking for Local Knowledge and Values Education

    1. International Networking for LocalKnowledge and Values Education:The AUDRN and UNESCO-APNIEVE ExperiencesProf. Maria Lourdes Quisumbing-Baybay, Ph.D. Miriam College Philippines
    2. IntroductionAsian University Digital Resource Network (AUDRN)Asia Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education (APNIEVE)
    3. is a non-profit, non-stock Catholic educational institution in the Philippinesoffers academic programs from pre-elementary to post graduate and adult education levelshas a school for the deaf
    4. a premier women’s college in the Philippines with all female students in the grade school, high school and college levels with a few deaf male students in the college Pre-school, adult education school, the school for the deaf, graduate school have male students.
    5. From 1926 -1969, theAmerican Maryknoll sisters ranthe college. At present, a lay board oftrustees administers thecollege.
    6. AUDRN promotes new ways that local knowledge (LK) can be collected, preserved, and shared by university faculty, researchers, library staff, and students, using inexpensive digital tools and media in teaching and learning, research, and expanding library and reference materials collections.AUDRN aims to share resources with Asian universities, particularly in preserving and sharing Asia’s LK, through training, online interest groups and a website.
    7. ThrustsNetworking with Higher Education InstitutionsSharing Local Knowledge (LK)Local Knowledge ResearchUsing Digital Tools
    8. NetworkingHigher educational institutions noted for their LK expertise, shown support for LK integration in the curriculum and have a strategic position as HEIs in their community host various AUDRN activities implement LK research integrate LK into the curriculum using digital tools support faculty participation in AUDRN
    9. Networking is facilitated identified “champions” in the different HEIs who have demonstrated their expertise, enthusiasm and commitment to the advancement of local knowledge in teaching and research.
    10. AUDRN-IndonesiaSoegijapranata Catholic University ofSemarang has been a United Boardpartner for several years and is apartner of Miriam College.
    11. Sharing Local KnowledgeAUDRN organized training events that featured documenting and sharing culture and local knowledge through Web 2.0 tools.
    12. Two workshops:Preserving and Sharing Culture through Digital Tools, hosted by Duta Wacana Christian UniversitySharing Culture & Service- Learningthrough Digital Tools in Manila, Philippines, hosted by Miriam College
    13. A series of 5 field camps to share research and/or academic projects on local knowledgeA series of 9 forums to share the integration of local knowledge into higher education curriculum
    14. International Events• An international conference-workshop in the in Manila “Discovering Local Knowledge in the 21st Century, Connecting Classrooms to the World” in May 2011.
    15. Conference : Researchprojects on the sharing, and teaching localknowledge using digitaltools from China, India,Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines Workshop: A field work exercise of exploring local knowledge of Manila and of surrounding provinces.
    16. • An international camp, “Weaving Local Knowledge in Asian Higher Education,” an interactive knowledge networking event which showcased best practices on discovering, sharing, and teaching local knowledge using digital tools in Soegijapranata Christian University in Semarang on May 23-25, 2012.
    17. Local Knowledge Research• AUDRN, with funding from United Board, supports higher education institutions to conduct research in order to develop and evolve reference models for documenting LK and integrating LK into the curriculum using digital tools.
    18. Use of Digital Tools.
    19. Two AUDRN social networking sites: an associated Facebook Fan page at and a Twitter page at!/audrn
    20. Digital Tools
    21. Strengthening the Network (SY 2012-2013) * Involvement ofundergraduate students in a Youth Camp for Local Knowledge * Creation of learning modules both for online and face-to-face classes*A national or regional convention of AUDRN partner academic institutions
    22. Expanding Horizons (SY 2013-2014)* Partner with more Philippine & Asian colleges & universities * Support LK researches in various academic fields * A Regional (Asian) Conference on Local Knowledge
    23. Member of Asia Pacific Programme for Educational Innovation andDevelopment (APEID) Associated Centres and Networks, UNESCO Bangkok
    24. APNIEVE was established in1995 to promote and developinternational education andvalues education for peace,international understanding,human rights, democracy andsustainable development,through cooperation amongUNESCO states in the Asia-Pacific.
    25. APNIEVE aims to develop networks for thesharing of experiences and practices invalues education and internationaleducation to contribute to the developmentof educational materials and case studiesfor use in the Asia-Pacific region.
    26. APNIEVE-China is hosted by the InternationalCenter of Teacher Education-East China Normal University, Shanghai
    27. APNIEVE-Philippines is hosted by Miriam College, Quezon City
    28. APNIEVE-Australia is composed of individualmembers and has its own Center.
    29. APNIEVE-Australia is composed of individualmembers and has its own Center.
    30. • Learning to Live Together in Peace and Harmony•• Learning to Be: A Holistic and Integrated Approach to Values Education for Human Development•• Learning to Do: Values for Learning and Working Together in a Globalized World
    31. Values Education Training• conducted seminars and teacher training workshops throughout the Asia Pacific region with educators and teacher educators from over 48 countries held in Korea, Australia, Vietnam and the Philippines.
    32. APNIEVE-Philippines has successfully conducted values integration workshops for more than 3,500 educators and secondary school principals ineducational associations, universities and colleges.
    33. Sponsorship of Conferences• APNIEVE will be co-sponsoring an International Forum on Teacher Education, along with the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, and some other organizations, 23-25 September, Shanghai, on the theme of "Professionalization of Teachers and Internationalization of Education.”
    34. APNIEVE will co-sponsor the UNESCO-APEID Conference of Education, 21-13 November, in Bangkok, on the central theme of “The Heart of Education: Learning To Live Together“.
    35. Mabuhay!(Long Live!)