Teofilo C Daquila

Teofilo C Daquila

Was a member of the Academy from 2011 to 2020

"My students have always been my priority. My goal is to provide them with an effective teaching and learning environment that would be useful not only during their time of study but more importantly for the rest of their lives. I have aspired to become an excellent teacher and contribute to the development of the workplace and lifelong skills of my students including creative, critical and analytical thinking, independent learning, effective communication, interpersonal and intercultural skills,and global awareness”.

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A/P Teofilo C. Daquila teaches in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies (SEAD) at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) since Dec 1995. He was appointed Assistant Dean (FASS Undergraduate Studies) from Aug 2010 to Dec 2011, SEAD’s Acting Head in Sem 2 AY2011/12, Deputy Head in AY2012/13 and Assistant Head (AY2010/11 and Sem 1, AY2011/12). He has served as the Academic Coordinator of  SEAD’s MA coursework program since 2000, and the Joint MA Degree Program in SEA Studies between NUS and the Australian National University (ANU) since 2004. He has been appointed member of the NUS General Education Committee and the Ministry of Education’s ‘A’-level History Syllabus Development Committee in 2013/14. As part of his outreach activities, he was invited to speak about Southeast Asian economies and ASEAN economic regionalism in Singapore schools including Nanyang Girls’ High School (NYGH), Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), and Raffles Institution Junior College. He also served as mentor to nine groups of students from NYGH, Raffles Girls School, Raffles Institution and Dunman High School in their Humanities and Social Sciences Research Projects organised by the MOE’s Gifted Education Programme and the FASS.   

He held teaching appointments at the ANU, Deakin University, University of Melbourne, George Washington University, Chulalongkorn University, and Korea University. He received visiting research fellowships/grants from the ANU, Nordic Institute for Asian Studies, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies & El Colegio de Mexico, ASEAN University Network & the Korea Association for Southeast Asian Studies, Lee Foundation Singapore, and NUS. He teaches a range of modules on the economies of and economic regionalism in Southeast Asia across different levels of study.

His research interests include international education, migration, economic development and regionalism, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He has been working on a research project entitled “Internationalising Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific: Australia, Japan and Singapore” using six universities as case studies: ANU, Melbourne, Sydney, Tokyo, Kyoto and NUS.  Some publications, some of which are listed below, have come out of this project including conference presentations, book chapter, a journal article, and an introductory editorial for a special issue of the Journal of Studies in International Education.

He is a member of the editorial and advisory boards of the Korea Review of International Studies, and the International Studies Review, respectively. His recent book publications include ‘The Economies of Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand’ (New York, 2005), ‘Regionalism and Multilateralism: ASEAN in the Global Economy’ (Manila, 2005), and ‘The Transformation of Southeast Asian Economies’ (New York, 2007; 2013 e-book).

Following his bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in engineering, A/P Daquila commenced his graduate studies at the University of the Philippines School of Economics and obtained his M.A. degree (with Distinction) from the Katholieke Universiteitte te Leuven (Belgium). Subsequently, he completed his PhD in economics at the Australian National University.

Teaching Strengths

  • Engaging diverse groups of students
  • Demystifying economic theories and concepts and relating them to real world situations
  • Using inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches
  • Using small group activities including seminars and case studies
  • Interactive teaching and learning environment
  • Using computer-based and multimedia technology

Teaching Awards / Accolades

  • Honour Roll, NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award: 2012-2016
  • NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award:  2003/04,  2008/09, 2009/10
  • FASS Teaching Excellence Award: 2003/04,  2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10
  • FASS Teaching Excellence Committee, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2011/12
  • Centennial Most Outstanding Alumni Award (Education), CLSU Philippines, 2007
  • Trainor/Facilitator, Professional Development Programme (Teaching), CDTL NUS, 2009, 2011, 2014
  • Principal Organiser, Graduate Tutors in Asian Studies Teaching Workshop, 2012, 2013.
  • Best Conference Presenter Award,  First Global Business & Finance Research Conference, London, July 2003)

CDTL Publications

  • “Eleven years of teaching experience”, in Reflections on Teaching: The NUS Experience, (CDTL, 2000: 99-100.
  • “Teaching economics in a multi-disciplinary environment”, in Innovative Approaches to University Teaching and Learning (CDTL, 2005: 24-30). (A shorter version was published in Ideas on Teaching, CDTL, 2005: 52-53; original version was presented at the 2nd FASS-CDTL Symposium 2004).
  • “Using case studies in teaching & learning”, in Putting Student-Centric Teaching to Practice, CDTLink,  (CDTL, Aug 2010), 14 (2): 17.

Conference Presentations

  • “Teaching Economics in Area Studies: Challenges and Responses”, The Oxford Business and Economics Conference, St. Hughes’ College, Oxford University, June 2007.
  • “Unity in Diversity: Establishing Connections in a Multidisciplinary Environment”, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), University of Alberta, Canada, Oct 2008.
  • “Internationalising Higher Education in Australia and Singapore,” Issues and Ideas in Higher Education,  University of Melbourne’s Centre for the Study of Higher Education, July 2009.
  • “Internationalising Higher Education in Japan and Singapore”. 2nd Symposium on Migration, Mobility and Globalisation, The Consortium for African and Asian Studies, INALCO, Paris, Nov, 2010.
  • “Internationalising Higher  Education: Implications for China-Singapore  Student Mobility”, Invited presentation at The Fourth China-ASEAN Conference, Guizhou University, Aug 2011.
  • “Internationalisation of the Curriculum in Singapore”, Invited presentation at the Australian International Education Conference, Melbourne, Oct 2012.
  • “Teaching Economics in Area Studies: Addressing Diversity and Graduate Attributes”, Conference on Higher Education Research and Student Learning Experiences held at the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Dec 2013.

Book Chapters & Journal Articles

  • “International Student Mobility: A Comparative Study between Australia and Singapore”, in Contemporary Issues in the Global Higher Education Marketplace: Prospects and Challenges, Edited by Morshidi Sirat and Sarjit Kaur, National Higher Education Research Institute, Malaysia: Monograph 15/2010, pp.23-54.
  • “Internationalising Higher Education in Singapore: Government Policies and the NUS Experience”, Journal of Studies in International Education, 17(5):629-647, Nov 2013.
  • “Internationalising Higher Education in Southeast Asia: Government and Institutional Responses”, Introductory Editorial for a Special Theme, Journal of Studies in International Education, 17(5):624-628 , Nov 2013.