Bernardo M. Villegas
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Educating Leaders Among the Youth

           In a recent lecture visit to the University of Macau, I heard some university officials talk proudly of their imminent move to a campus ten times their present one.  As a university professor myself, my mouths watered when they told me that the Chinese Government will be building a whole new campus in a nearby island to help them expand their enrollment.  More importantly, the move will help them carry out an ambitious program of replicating the centuries-old educational system of Cambridge and Oxfordin the U.K.  where the future leaders of society receive a whole-person formation while living in what are known as residential colleges.  In this system, the students live in residences where they are in close contact with tutors who become their mentors, friends, foster parents, and role models as they acquire both intellectual and moral virtues.  It is in the residential colleges that a great deal of the intellectual and moral development of the individual student happens, outside the classroom.  I listened intently to the enthusiastic description of their plans which has been refined as a result of a recent trip some of the officials made to universities in the U.K. and the United States.

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       The historical trends, empirical findings, and policy updates are discussed in detail in the essays compiled in this book. The most convincing argument that supports the thesis of the book, i.e. that population growth is a poitive factor in attaining sustainable human development, is found in the foreword to the book, which is adopted from an article written by Mr. Roberto de Ocampo, former Finance Secretary of the Philippines and multi-awarded finance official in Asia. Thanks to the continuing growth of the Philippines population, Filipinos are in more than 100 countries all over the world, contributing much-needed foreign echange and purchasing power to the Philippine economy and fostering the human and spiritual development of the most diverse of peoples and cultures on this planet.

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Antigua Forum Interviews 2012

 An interview with Dr. Villegas about the PH economy in Antigua Forum, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, last January 2012. See Link: