The Catholic Institute

Dr Maya Bernardo

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Position: Distance/Online Coordinator and Researcher

Location:  TCI National Office, Wellington

Qualifications: PhD (Educational Leadership & Management), MBA, BSc

Contact:  04 819 8387  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Maya is working with TCI developing an Educational Leadership Certificate.  Maya is highly talented and will be making a contribution to other administrative and educational areas as part of TCI.


Maya began her career at De La Salle University Philippines, where she worked for 18 years from 1992 to 2009.  She has served as unit director for the following offices: Office of Student Activities, Office of Career Services, Graduate Admissions Office, and as Coordinator for Centre for Social Concern and Action, Office for Counselling and Career Services and Office of Sports Development. Concurrent with her administrative roles she taught part-time in the Educational Leadership and Management Department under the Faculty of Education, and as School Supervisor under the Lasallian Supervision Office. Maya left DLSU in 2009 and served as a Senior Visiting Lecturer for the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) under the Department of Educational Management and Policy Department, a post she held until 2011.

In 2010 Maya was conferred Honorary Fellow of the Australian Catholic University under the auspices of the Institute for Advancing Community Engagement and later  under the Faculty of Education and Arts. She will hold this position until 2018. As an Honorary Fellow, she was able to conduct research in the areas of community engagement, education and development, educational leadership, and international education. 

Maya migrated to New Zealand in 2012. Prior to her work at TCI, she taught in another PTE teaching business courses and ran her own management consulting firm, specialising in supporting mission-driven and not-for-profit organisations, mostly within the Catholic sector.


Maya is currently the Distance/Online Coordinator, Researcher, Lecturer (mostly for the Pastoral Leadership courses) and Coordinator for various TCI programmes.


Published Journal Articles & Chapter Contributions 


  • 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. 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 Edited by Iveta Silova and Daphne Hobson. Information Age Publishing: Charlotte, NC
  • 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. (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.
  • Bernardo, M.A.C. and Malakolunthu, S. (2012). Culturally Inclusive Behaviours 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.
  • Bernardo, M. (2006). A Proposed Model for Student Affairs in State Universities in the Philippines. Unpublished Dissertation. Educational Leadership and Management Department, Faculty of Education, De La Salle University, Philippines. April 2006.
  • 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.
  • Capistrano, R. and Bernardo, M.A.C. (In press). Mother knows best. Exploring the matrilineal influence VFR tourism in New Zealand. Submitted to Young Consumers, Emerald Insight.

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