The Catholic Institute

Dr Maya Bernardo


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Position: Distance Tutor

Location:  Catholic Centre, Hill Street, Wellington

Qualifications: PhD, MBA, BSc, Dip RE, Cert Tchg, Cert Online Facilitating and Delivery, MHE (ongoing)

Contact:  04 496 5182  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Maya has recently started her new job as Formation Manager for the Launch Out Formation Programme at the Archdiocese of Wellington.


She has been working higher education for over 26 years, working as a lecturer, researcher and concurrently managing a programme or unit. She has experienced higher education in different country-contexts, such as the Philippines, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. 


Her published works are in the areas of higher education leadership and management, community engagement and development and international education. She is occasionally invited to collaborate with scholars from different fields of discipline, and as a reviewer to reputable international journals in education. She was an ACU Honorary Fellow from 2010 to 2018.


Published Journal Articles & Chapter Contributions


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.

Van der Nest, T., Bernardo, M.A.C., and Smith, L. (In press). Conceptualising leadership for Catholic schools in Aotearoa, New Zealand. International Studies on Catholic Education.

Robert Charles Capistrano, Maria Aurora Correa Bernardo, (2018) "Mother knows best: exploring the matrilineal influence in family tourism among Filipinos living in New Zealand", Young Consumers,

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 Behaviors 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.


Online Profile:


Google Scholar Profile- Maria C. Bernardo


Publons (as Reviewer)