Jose M. Cruz
Father Jose M. Cruz is the Vice President for University and Global Relations at Ateneo de Manila University, and previously served as the first Dean of the School of Social Science at Ateneo de Manila University, a position he was appointed to in 2000. He also serves as Commissioner of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) following President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s signing into law R.A. 10086 to create and mandate the Commission to strengthen the people's nationalism through Philippines’ history and heritage. Father Cruz has been an instrumental force behind the institutionalization of Ateneo de Manila University as the Asia-Pacific campus for the Dual-Campus Master’s Program in International Peace Studies in 2006, an initiative of the United Nations-mandated University for Peace, or UPEACE, and The Nippon Foundation (TNF). He currently remains as the main contact for the program, as well as the program director in the Philippines for The Asian Public Intellectuals (API) Fellowships Program, a regional program operated through the partnership of TNF with five institutions in Asia. He is also a member of the API’s International Selection Committee. In 2005, Fr. Cruz coordinated “Toward a Common Future: A Program for Cultural Cooperation between The Ministry of Culture of Spain and Universities in the Philippines and the Pacific Islands," a program funding projects and studies that promote the shared heritage between Spain and the Philippines.