Helena Z Benitez School of International Relations and Diplomacy
Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Service
Master of Arts in Foreign Service

The HZB-SIRD’s Bachelor and Master of Arts in Foreign Service’s curricula are primarily designed to help students and professionals achieve their goals: to start a career in diplomacy and international relations or to enhance further the practitioner’s knowledge about the subjects.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN FOREIGN SERVICE. For the undergraduate students, the first two years are focused on general education subjects, putting emphasis on English, History, Politics and Governance, Western/Eastern Civilizations, Public Administration and Leadership. From these basic foundations, students move on to the core subjects such as International Law, Global Governance, focusing on the United Nations and its Systems, Regional Arrangements such as EU, ASEAN, APEC, etc., Political Geography, International Politics and Economics, Philippine Foreign Policy, Diplomatic and Consular Theories and Practice and Foreign Languages. Subjects in the senior year also include Public Diplomacy, including Cultural Action, Environmental Diplomacy, Philippine Migration, Peace, Security and Diplomacy.

ON-THE-JOB TRAINING (OJT)/PRACTICUM. Students in AB Foreign Service may have their on-the-job training/practicum at the Department of Foreign Affairs, in foreign Embassies and Consulates in Manila, the UN system in Manila, and in other Philippine agencies involved in diplomatic and consular work such as in the Department of Trade, Labor, POEA, DSWD, National Defense, and Tourism under the guidance of a qualified supervisor and in coordination with the School’s Practicum professor. Students are required to complete 200 hours to gain a 3-unit credit. The School has also allowed on-the-job training abroad.

MASTER OF ARTS IN FOREIGN SERVICE. The Graduate School students pursuing an MA in Foreign Service may take the following relevant courses: Theory and Practice of Public Administration; Peace, Security and Diplomacy; Philippine Economic and Social Development Issues; Advance Foreign Language; Statistics with Computer Application; World and Regional Governance; Contemporary Issues in International Law; Migration and Diplomacy; and Contemporary Issues in International Political Economics. In addition to the aforementioned subjects, students take Contemporary Issues on Human Rights and Human Security, and Methods of Research before they embark on writing their master’s thesis in their last trimester.

CAREER OPPORTUNITES. Graduates of HZB-SIRD may seek employment or pursue their profession as:

  • Career officials of the DFA such as consuls and ambassadors
  • Attaches such as trade, finance, labor, and tourism etc. in various Philippine Embassies and Consulates abroad
  • Officers or staff in the UN and its system, in the Philippines and in other parts of the world or in regional organizations such as in the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta or in the office of the Asia-Europe Foundation in Singapore
  • Personnel in foreign diplomatic establishments based in the Philippines
  • Media commentators on international affairs, be it in electronic/social media, films, print, radio or television
  • Professors, researchers and academicians in international studies, human rights, peace and security issues, migration courses, etc.
  • Leaders/advocators or members as well as staff of national, regional or international NGOs;
  • Officers or staff of various corporations and enterprises


The HZB School of International Relations and Diplomacy (HZB SIRD) is inspired by PWU alumna and Board of Trusteess chairperson Helena Z Benitez whose lifelong career and enduring legacy in the field has been a great source of pride for the University.

The HZB SIRD offers education to students who want to pursue a career in Foreign Service and to practitioners who want to enhance their professional and work qualifications.

The School intends to share knowledge on International Relations, practice in government and private sector, and address the needs for diplomatic skills of officers and attaches coming from the Department of Labor, National Defense, Finance, Tourism, Trande and Industry.

In addition, the PWU Brand of Education develops in students’ love of country and heritage, respect for diversity, professional ethicsand tehcnial competence – valuable traits for global citizenship, all eminently personified by Ambassador Helena Z Benitez.


Amb. Rosario G. Manalo


Since 1919, the PWU has made a historical mark in the academic industry. It is known for its graduates who actively participated and contributed through quality service. Many of them have gained recognition and honor in their professions here and abroad.

Do come and visit us and let us help you realize your goals. We have highly competent and committed faculty, complete laboratory facilities and local and international affiliates that will ensure intensive and hands-on training for the students. In the classrooms and laboratories, learning is closely supervised to ensure that students learn the necessary knowledge and skills, and develop positive professional attitudes and values.

Welcome to the PWU family!


Amb. Manalo, Rosario G.

Caballero, Kritzman C.

Casanova, Lilia G.C.

Amb. Gonzales, Ophelia S.A.

Rehal, Satwinder

Telan-Basinillo, Catherine S.


AMB. ROSARIO G. MANALO is currently the Dean of the Helena Z Benitez School of International Relations and Diplomacy, the Director of the Center for Gender Equality and People Empowerment, and the Director of the International Students Office of Philippine Women’s University. She has a BS in Foreign Service, a Bachelor of Laws and Jurisprudence, and a Masters in Public Administration, all obtained from the University of the Philippines. She also graduated with a Master’s in International Relations and Diplomacy at Long Island University Zeckendorf Campus, New York. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral degree in Social Development at PWU. She held posts as the Philippine Ambassador in various embassies for Brussels and Luxemburg, Paris, Lisbon, and Stockholm. She was also an adviser to former President Fidel V. Ramos for his negotiations in the ASEAN Charter in 2007 and the Terms of Reference of the ASEAN Human Rights Body. She is currently serving as the Philippine Representative to the ASEAN Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights and is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Asia-Europe Foundation.

KRITZMAN C. CABALLERO is a professor at the Helena Z Benitez School of International Relations and Diplomacy at Philippine Women’s University. He obtained his Masters in Political Economy with a Specialization in International Relations and Development from the Institute of Political Economy, University of Asia and the Pacific. He currently works at the Office of the President of the Philippines, Presidential Commission on Visiting Forces (PCVF), where he handles policy research relating to military, defense and international security relations of the Philippines with the United States. His particular expertise and fields of interest include International Relations, International Political Economy, European Union regional integration, Asia and Europe relations, foreign policy, international security, and development (poverty alleviation, mass housing, and participatory governance).

LILIA GC. CASANOVA is currently the Director of the Environment Institute of Philippine Women’s University and is a professional trained in development and environmental planning and management, capacity building, institutional development and facilitating technology transfer. She obtained her B.S. in Foreign Service and M.A. in Asian Studies with honors from the University of the Philippines. She also had special management training from the International Management Institute in Geneva. She held posts in the Philippine government for various areas such as town planning, housing, zoning, human settlement and urban development. She also shared her expertise internationally in the field of building material technologies, construction systems and shelter strategy.She held posts for the United Nations in Kenya and United Nations Environment Programme in Japan. She also served as the Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Philippine Studies (CAPS), an environmental NGO. She is a lifetime member of Pi Gamma Mu, International Honor Society for Social Sciences (Philippine Chapter) and a lifetime member of the American Field Service International Organization.

SATWINDER REHAL specializes in international relations studies, particularly in International Relations Theory, International Relations Research, medical/health and cultural diplomacy. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya and his Master’s degree from University of Queensland, Australia. He is on the last stage of completing his Doctorate in Sociology at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Originally from Kenya, he received recognition for his notable works such as Best Paper Award during the 1st University of Malaysia, Sabah International Sports Science Conference on his paper entitled: “Azkals Fever Phenomenon: Setting An Agenda on a Discourse in The Sociology of Soccer in the Philippines” and was the winner of the 17th OSSREA Science Research Grant for Young Scholars in 2003 for a study entitled “Mining-induced Resettlement Effects and Impoverished Risks: A case study of the Titanium Minerals Sands Project in Kwale, Kenya”. He also has a number of peer-reviewed international and local publications under his name.

CATHERINE S. TELAN-BASINILLO teaches Introduction to International Relations, International Political Economy, Comparative Government and Politics of Europe, and Gender and Development at Philippine Women’s University. Her educational background is both in Political Science and Foreign Service with her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Adamson University and her Master’s degree in Foreign Service from the Helena Z Benitez School of International Relations and Diplomacy at PWU. Presently, she is pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Development Studies at the De La Salle University, Manila. She has been involved in textbook evaluation and syllabus revision and has been a thesis adviser for undergraduate and graduate students.

AMB. OPHELIA S.A. GONZALES is a diplomat who has worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs for 40 years where she held the following positions: Assistant Secretary for Fiscal Management and Assistant Secretary for Personnel and Administrative Services of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Havana, Cuba, with concurrent accreditations to the Dominican Republic to Haiti and to Jamaica, Consul General in Hamburg, Federal Republic of Germany and Consul in the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo, Japan in her first posting. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from the University of the Philippines and passed the Competitive Examinations for Career Foreign Service given by the Department of Foreign Affairs. She is a recipient of various awards and citations, foremost among them is the Distinguished Service Award of the Department of Foreign Affairs.