PH stu­dents pro­mote IR schol­ar­ship

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - PEOPLE, EVENTS & PRODUCTS -

RE­CENT years have seen a dra­matic in­crease in num­ber of uni­ver­si­ties of­fer­ing cour­ses in In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions (IR).

The newly founded PhISO aims to in­cul­cate this bud­ding aca­demic field as the pi­o­neer­ing as­so­ci­a­tion of stu­dents, academicians, and in­sti­tu­tions ded­i­cated to the study of IR.

PhISO, or the Philip­pine In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies Or­ga­ni­za­tion, aims to in­stil the cul­ture of schol­ar­ship and strengthen the the­o­ries and praxes of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions as a dis­ci­pline in Philip­pine academia.

“In re­cent years, the field of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions has seen new discourses cov­er­ing the roles and per­spec­tives of non-Western states and cul­tures in the­ory. This is a mon­u­men­tal op­por­tu­nity for the dis­ci­pline in the Philip­pines. Our ob­jec­tive is to pro­vide a fo­rum for Philip­pine stu­dents, aca­demics and re­searchers to share their views, col­lab­o­rate in re­search ini­tia­tives, and dis­sem­i­nate their work to a broader au­di­ence,” said Frances An­toinette Cruz, pres­i­dent of PhISO.

Cruz, whose team of grad­u­ate stu­dents re­cently bested fi­nal­ists from Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics and Columbia Univer­sity in the pres­ti­gious Geneva Chal­lenge 2015, an in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion for grad­u­ate stu­dents at the Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute in Geneva, said that there is a need for a bet­ter ap­pre­ci­a­tion of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions.

“The im­pact of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions on our ev­ery­day lives is of­ten sadly over­looked. IR pro­vides an­a­lyt­i­cal tools by which one can ap­pre­ci­ate the in­ter­con­nect­ed­ness of states, the econ­omy, and transna­tional phe­nom­ena, such as mi­gra­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal changes, and crime, among other things. Th­ese have the po­ten­tial to not only di­rectly and in­di­rectly af­fect the pol­i­tics of any one par­tic­u­lar coun­try, but also com­mu­ni­ties, fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als,” she said.

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