Liceo U’s VP Opens the 22nd SEAAIR Annual Conference in Seoul

The South East Asian Association for Institutional Research (SEAAIR) opened its 22nd Annual Conference at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) in Seoul, Korea, last Sept. 28-30, 2022. Dr. Ma. Florecilla C. Cinches, SEAAIR President and Vice President for Research, Extension, Planning, and Innovation of Liceo de Cagayan University, formally opened this year's conference with an inspirational message of gratitude to SKKU and the Local Organizing Committee for making the international conference possible.

SKKU President, Dr. Dong Ryeol Shin, expressed in his Welcome Speech his appreciation for the honor and opportunity of being one of the conduits of SEAAIR academic and cultural platforms in Asia. SKKU, the host of this year’s conference, is a 624-year-old university with the #99 QS World University Ranking.

SEAAIR is a 22-year-old professional association that advocates institutional research to improve educational institutions' understanding, planning, and operation by annually convening academics, researchers, and practitioners among ASEAN countries and the neighboring nations to disseminate institutional research findings. The organization publishes the Journal for Institutional Research (JIRSEA), indexed in Scopus database, as another arm for institutional research dissemination.   With China, Korea, and Taiwan's entry and key participation of institutions from Japan and Australia, the association has become SEAAIR Plus. Liceo U is an institutional member of SEAAIR.

This year’s three-day conference themed “New Normal Education: Transitioning, Transforming, and Technologies Agenda” was represented by seven South East Asian countries, including Australia, Korea, and Taiwan, with 50 papers read during the conference. The keynote speakers were Dr. Jong Chul Jung of Seoul National University of Science and Technology and Dr. Seyeoung Chun of Chungnam National University. The speakers in the plenary sessions, which highlighted institutional research in the new normal, were Dr. Teay Shawyun, Editor-in-Chief, JIRSEA; Dr. Sophia Shi-Huei Ho of the University of Taipei; and Dr. Giljae Lee of Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information, South Korea.

As part of its tradition, the SEAAIR Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held before the cultural tour, during which the Best Paper and two (2) Outstanding Papers were announced. The host for the 23rd Annual Conference in September 2023 will be the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

By: Liceo Communications and Promotions


The Government of Canada through its embassy in Manila brought to Liceo de Cagayan University through the Office of Internationalization the Mcluhan Forum Series on Responsible Media. Facilitated by the Department of Languages and Communication of the College of Arts and Sciences on January 26, 2023, at the AVR 3 in the Main Campus, the forum themed “Democracy at Stake: How Media Battles the Disinformation Phenomenon” featured Mr. Christian Esguerra, a Mcluhan fellow and a multi-awarded multimedia journalist.

Mr. Esguerra hosts Facts First, a popular online political talk show that covers burning issues in politics and governance. As a journalist, he is committed to an advocacy that counters disinformation. He was the anchor and managing editor of After the Fact – a political talk program of the ABS-CBN News Channel.  As an educator, he teaches political reporting and journalism ethics at the University of Santo Tomas. Also, he is a researcher of UST’s Research Center for Culture, Arts, and Humanities. 

Attended by media figures in the city, students from different schools, and Liceo U’s officials and faculty, the forum’s discussion centered on the importance of responsible journalism, the threats of disinformation to the country’s democratic processes, and media stakeholders’ role in battling disinformation. The public discussion was jumpstarted by two reactors who are both media practitioners and university educators – Dr.  Rhyndl Nephl-z Luczon and Dr. Ronnie Waniwan. 

Present during the forum were Mr. Carlo Figuroa, Public Affairs, Attaché, Embassy of Canada, who gave the opening message and introduced the speaker; Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Zenaida G. Gersana who delivered the welcome remarks; Dr. Teresita T. Tumapon, Liceo U’s consultant for Internationalization; CAS Dean Dr. Rosella O. Ortiz who gave the closing remarks; Dr. Quivido Oregines, director of Internationalization and event chairperson; and Dr. Salvador C. dela Peña III, chair of the Department of Languages and Communication.

Through the Mcluhan Forum Series, the Canadian Government recognizes excellent work in journalism and supports journalists in their critical role in upholding democracy and freedom of speech. The McLuhan Forum is named after Marshall McLuhan, the Canadian media theorist who coined the term “global village” in his critique of a media-connected world as early as the 1960s.