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Ateneo Center for Asian Studies (ACAS)
Established in April 2001, the Ateneo Center for Asian Studies is a research center that promotes Asian Studies in the Ateneo de Manila University through multidisciplinary research and other related activities.

Owing to the rapid changes in the region, the Ateneo de Manila faculty has become increasingly involved in doing Asia-related research. More than ever, a more comprehensive study and deeper understanding of Asia - its economies, histories, cultures, philosophies and political systems - are needed. The Center hopes to further increase the expertise of the faculty in Asian Studies. It also hopes to strengthen the presence of the Ateneo de Manila University in the region.

In the recent past, many countries in Asia have become vibrant and active players in the global community. Many others are following suit. As the world’s fastest growing region in the last couple of decades, Asia will continue to be at the forefront of the world’s attention in this new millennium. There is also a growing interdependence among these Asian countries where relations are ever-changing. For the Philippines, the need to understand her closest neighbors is important for advancing her national interest and regional stability. Given the growing regional integration emerging in this area, knowledge about Asia will enable the Philippines to play a more active and meaningful role in the region.

Areas of Research

Presently, the primary areas of research are East and Southeast Asia. Prospective areas are South Asia and the Pacific Islands.
ASEAN and APEC | Chinese Philosophy | Chinese Culture | Chinese History and Politics | Chinese Economy | Japanese Culture | Japanese History and Politics | Japanese Economy | Philippines-Japan Relations | Southeast Asian Cultures | Southeast Asia: Democratic Transition | Southeast Asia: Urban Governance | Southeast Asian History | Southeast Asian Journalism

Projects and Activities

1. Engagement in research programs and projects.
2. Collection of research output, books and other materials on Asian Studies.
3. Exchange of researchers. The Center hosts local and international scholars/researchers.
4. Dissemination and promotion of research through publications, seminars, conferences, and workshops.
5. Linkages with institutions both here and abroad.


1. To promote research activities in Asian Studies.
2. To enrich the teaching of Asia related courses.
3. To provide support in the formulation of policies and strategies to the Philippine government, the private sector, and the civil society.

Contact Information

3/F Social Sciences Building
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines 1108

Dr. Lydia N. Yu-Jose
Executive Director

Tel No. : (63-2) 426 6001 ext 5248
Fax No. : (63-2) 426 6001 ext 5280
E-mail Address:

List of Head and Staff

Yu-Jose, Lydia N.
426-6001 local 5248

Santos-De Guzman, Richie
426-6001 locals 5209 & 5280

Martinez, Marian R.
426-6001 local 5248

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