Asian Social Institute

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Asian Social Institute
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Motto"Prosperity through Justice"
Motto in English
An Asian Graduate School with a Difference
TypePrivate, graduate school, non-sectarian
PresidentDr. Mina M. Ramirez
14°34′39″N 120°59′19″E / 14.577478°N 120.988671°E / 14.577478; 120.988671Coordinates: 14°34′39″N 120°59′19″E / 14.577478°N 120.988671°E / 14.577478; 120.988671
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The Asian Social Institute (ASI) is a graduate school and research institution in Manila, Philippines. It is one of the few graduate institutes specializing in economics, sociology, social work and social services and development in the country.[1]


Asian Social Institute (ASI), a Manila-based Graduate School of Social Transformative Praxis was established in 1962 by a Dutch Catholic Missionary of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM), the late Rev. Fr. Francis Senden, Ph.D.

Started with the blessings of the late Rufino Cardinal Santos, D.D. of the Archdiocese of Manila, ASI's purpose was to form and train social science-based social development managers for Asia and the Pacific in order to implement the social teachings of the Church.

Since the death of its founder in 1973, ASI has provided a learning environment which is structured in two departments – Academe-Research, and Social Development. On top of these two departments is the President's Office to whom the Communication and Publication, MIS, Promotions and Public Relations, and administrative units report. The President of ASI is Dr. Mina M. Ramirez. Academe-Research is headed by the Vice President for Academe-Research and Academic Dean, Dr. Prisinia C. Arcinue. The Vice President of the Social Development Department is Prof. Dennis Batoy.

The Academe-Research integrates theory and practice, while the Social Development Department grounds the students' learning in marginal communities through ASI's Action Subsidiaries – Family Center, Urban Community Desk, Tent School, Diocesan Accompaniment, Youth Accompaniment, ASI Enterprise Center and its NGO networks. ASI's Communication and Publication activities provide for approaches to communicating ideas.

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  1. ^ Directory of Higher Education Institutions, Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines, 2006.