The Ateneo Internationalization for Mindanao (AIM) Office responds to the vision and mission of the Ateneo de Davao University through strategic internationalization rooted in Mindanao realities, identities, histories, struggles, and aspirations.
AIM assists the University Community in initiating, implementing, and maintaining international partnerships and collaborative programs. It fosters cultural understanding, appreciation, and friendship with its international neighbors through formative, experiential, and global learning.
With Ateneo de Davao University’s community partners, AIM bridges local and international contexts through intercultural encounters and transformative dialogue towards deeper awareness of our shared humanity.
The Ateneo Internationalization for Mindanao (AIM) Office was established last 22 June 2019 as a realization of Ateneo de Davao University’s revitalized vision and mission; that ‘as Filipino, it contributes to and serves Mindanao’—in its formation of graduates whose world-class competencies are ultimately dedicated to Mindanao—while at the same time being in service of a mission that ‘promotes cultural understanding and friendship with its Asian neighbours.’ These two principles govern the goals of the AIM Office and its thrusts for strategic internationalization that is rooted in Mindanao.
AIM has since been operational and able to 1) develop mechanisms to assist the University Community in initiating and maintaining international partnerships and programs; 2) boost the accessibility of international programs by promoting short-term special programs on global experiential learning; 3) organize the foreign students and host their formative extracurricular activities; and 4) maximize networking opportunities through various conferences and memberships in international organizations such as the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP), Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU), and University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP).
AIM functions as the University’s primary support for the development and implementation of international projects and activities. For this, AIM immediately rolled out procedural guidelines for the initiation and proposal for approval of international partnership agreements. This was one of AIM’s first projects and it succeeded in achieving uniformity and consistency in the steps taken by the units for their programs on internationalization.