About us

The Philippines Australia Studies Centre (PASC) at La Trobe was formally established in 2003 and is a joint venture between La Trobe University and Ateneo de Manila University (Ateneo) in the Philippines.

We have had a student exchange agreement since 2007 and renewed our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2010. We have had four bilateral meetings: three in Manila, two in Melbourne  and one each in Bangkok, Perth, Mildura and Bendigo. In addition, in  2011 an Ateneo delegation attended the Festival of Ideas on Popular Print and Visual Cultures organized by the Thesis Eleven Centre for Cultural Sociology and hosted by La Trobe University in Melbourne and Bendigo.

The Philippines Australia Studies Network (PASN) office is established at Ateneo de Manila University with matching resources. Both PASC and PASN are committed to extending the research network. To that end La Trobe University signed an MOU with the University of the Philippines (January, 2010).


The Centre has 9 main aims as set out in its Constitution:

  1. To encourage the development and application of Filipino and Australian research through publishing and presenting material in printed and electronic form and through delivering educational workshops, forums and conferences
  2. To facilitate exchanges between Philippines and Australia of Filipino and Australian scholars
  3. To encourage Filipino students to enrol in Australian postgraduate programs and vice versa
  4. To promote studies of the Philippines and Australia in regional and global settings;
  5. To cooperate and collaborate with the Philippines-Australia Studies Network (PASN) at Ateneo de Manila University
  6. To encourage student exchange programs between the two nations through the University and Ateneo de Manila University
  7. To significantly expand the opportunities for research in the region especially in facilitating the socio-economic goals of development, justice, poverty eradication, health, trade, and good governance
  8. To promote the teaching and research activities of members of staff of Ateneo de Manila University and our University through the development of projects that require collaborative team research
  9. To improve and deepen relations, networks and mutual understanding between the Philippines and Australia through education, exchanges, research collaboration, and bilateral meetings.

Membership and Fellows

Informal membership of PASC is open to all interested parties.

Office bearers

Honorary Research Fellows

  • Dr Minerva Chaloping–March
  • Dr Augustine Doronila
  • Dr Shio Sego

To view a full list of our members and associates please refer to our current annual report.