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Maya Bernardo


Maya2Doctor of Philosophy in Education major in Educational Leadership and Management
College of Education, De La Salle University, Philippines. 1999-2006

Master Business Administration
Graduate School of Business, De La Salle University, Philippines. 1994-1997

Bachelor of Science in Commerce Major in Entrepreneurship
De La Salle University Philippines, 1988-1991

Diploma in Religious Education, Theology Stream
The Catholic Institute Aotearoa, New Zealand, 2014-2016

Certificate in Teaching (Equivalent to Graduate Certificate)
College of Education, De La Salle University, Philippines, 1993

Certificate in Designing and Facilitating E-Learning (Level 5)
Open Polytechnic, 2019

Ongoing studies

Master in Higher Education (MHEd)
University of Otago, Feb 2018- present

Research Title

Higher Education in the heart of armed conflict: Case study of Bethlehem University (tentative)

Research Summary

The impetus of this study is from an earlier research conducted in a university located in the southern part of the Philippines, where a war between the military and Islamic insurgents has ravaged parts of the Mindanao island. The study unveils a model of sustaining a university-community, characterised by a public display of strict adherence and support to national and institutional policies whilst employing unconventional strategies that are not necessarily congruent to official tenets of peace education but addresses precarious challenges of protecting the learning environment from the disruptions of the socio-political conflict that often plays itself out within the relational dynamics of the university. Among the proposals for further studies is to do similar case studies. The goal is to present different models of universities operating in the context of armed-conflict. Hence, the author proposes to conduct a similar case study with Bethlehem University.

Research Interests

Educational Leadership and Management, Community Engagement, Education and Development, International Education


Bernardo, M.A.C and Capistrano, R. (2019). Mother knows best: Exploring the matrilineal influence in family tourism among Filipinos living in New Zealand. Young Consumers, Vol. 19, No.2,

Bernardo, M.A., Van Der Nest, T., and Smith, L. (2018). Conceptualising leadership for principals in Catholic schools in Aotearoa New Zealand. International Studies in Catholic Education, Volume 11, No. 1, pp 80-95

Bernardo, M. and Baranovich, D. (2016). Dissent by design: Fostering student activism in higher education through a case study of student affairs in a public university in the Philippines. Journal of College Student Development, Volume 57, No. 2.

Bernardo, M. and Baranovich, D. (2014). Higher education in the heart of armed conflict: Exploring the pivotal role of student affairs. International Journal for Educational Development, Volume 35, pp 78-85. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2012.08.007

Bernardo, M., Butcher, J., and Howard, P. (2013). The leadership of engagement between university and community: Conceptualising leadership in community engagement in higher education. International Journal for Educational Leadership. DOI: 10.1080/13603124.2012.761354 (Published Online : 15 February 2013)

Bernardo, M.A.C. and Malakolunthu, S. (2012). Culturally Inclusive Behaviors of Filipino Teachers in International Schools in the Philippines: Perspectives of International Education in a Developing Country. International Journal for Educational Development.

Bernardo, M., Butcher, J. and Howard, P. (2011). International Comparison of Community Engagement in Higher Education. International Journal for Educational Development, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2011.04.008.

Bernardo, M., and Howard, P. (2011). Student Affairs within Philippine Public Universities: A Multi-Case Analysis. South East Asian Studies Journal (Jati) Vol. 16, December 2011, 253-266 .

Bernardo, M. (2007). The Making of Heroes: A Grounded Theory Study on Student Development. Asia Pacific Social Science Review, Volume 7, Number 2.

Chapter Contributions

Bernardo, M.A.C., Baranovich, D. and Manueli, M. (In press). Behind the blackboard: Voices of migrant educators. Gammel, J., Motulsky, S., and Rutstein-Riley, A. (eds). In I am what I become: Constructing and Identity as a Lifelong Learner. Information Age Publication: Charlotte, NC.

Bernardo, M. and Almonte-Acosta, S. (2014). A Closer Look at Internationalism in International Education in the Philippines: A Journey Towards Authenticity. Book chapter in Globalizing Minds: Rhetoric and Realities in International Schools, Iveta Silova and Daphne Hobson (Ed). Information Age Publishing: Charlotte, NC

Bernardo, M. (2013). Research Management in Higher Education: An Emerging Critical Skill for Educational Leaders. In Educational Management in Malaysia (pp 73-82). Ghani Muhammad, F.A., Mohd Razi, N., Ranee, A., and Afshari, M. (2013). Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia University Malaya Press.