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As SPUP continues its PIONEERING INITIATIVES on ASEAN studies, SPUP’s Graduate School organized a seminar-workshop on the Internationalization of Higher Education on November 05, 2016. Graduate School Faculty and Students participated in the activity which was held at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Training Center (Global Center). Dr. Federico Macaranas, the resource speaker and a visiting professor from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), engaged the participants through case studies, in-depth analysis, and experiential learning. He clearly expounded the importance of Education as a new thrust and a force for economic integration and its implications on the ASEAN Integration. He facilitated the discussion through the following salient points: a) The Philippines hosting of ASEAN @50 in 2017 is a propitious time to engage the country in thought leadership in people-to-people engagements across the member States; b) As the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) pillar is framed, cooperation in education, health and tourism is a necessity, but it must be combined with and relevant to the other concerns like nationalism in the globalization era and foreign policy independence of ASEAN community; and, c) There is a need for collaboration (in a competitive regional economy or co-opetition) and enhanced dialogue to foster unity and cohesiveness, to protect ASEAN’s leading and central role in dealing with matters of common and regional concerns and to promote the mutual benefits among the member States. After the seminar-workshop, the participants shared their insights and reflections and expressed their gratitude to Dr. Macaranas for providing them the opportunity to engage themselves in the current global trend.