Photo from Cebu City BRT Facebook page photo album.
Complex urban transport problems warrant a continuous search for solutions. The need for mobility is a given in today’s cities where commute trips tend to become longer as a result of urban sprawl and the growing mismatch between residential and employment locations which result in more trips made in terms of volume and distance. With a growing middle class whose tendency is to acquire and use private cars as the main mode of travel and the existence of low-quality public transport services, traffic congestion worsens with its attendant economic and environmental externalities. …
UP President Alfredo Pascual gives updates on UP’s strategic initiatives, particularly on admissions system and policy; strengthening the faculty; modernizing pedagogy; transforming UP into a research-intensive university; unifying public service efforts; eUP and GreenUP; enhancing personnel benefits; and the UP budget. It also shows examples of ongoing and completed infrastructure projects of the University.
Office of the President Scholarship Program and Leadership Grant accepting applicantsThe Office of the President of the University of the President has unveiled two programs which may assist deserving students of the university who are in need of assistance in the pursuit of their studies. For qualifications to these programs, please check the requirements by clicking this slide.
UP is on a par with the best universities in 8 subjects, according to global rankingsThe University of the Philippines (UP) makes it to the top 100 universities in the world in the area of development studies. It is one of only four ASEAN universities which were included in that list. UP also ranks highly in seven other subjects, thereby making it an elite institution according to the 2015 QS Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings by Subject.
Internationalizing the National University: The UP President SpeaksIn an interview with the UP FORUM, the UP President shares his insights on internationalization and what it means to UP as the national university. In particular, he discusses (1) UP’s purpose and how it contributes to the internationalization efforts of the higher education sector; (2) the challenges in pursuing internationalization; (3) UP’s strategies to pursue it; (4) key points in the internationalization of higher education institutions (HEIs); and (5) the impact of ASEAN Community 2015 on Philippines HEIs.
A Place and the Case for UP and DOST’s MonorailThere is no better endorsement for a rail system in a congested city than the existing ones. The amount of patronage the Light Rail Transit and the Metro Rail Transit are getting despite the long lines and system breakdowns attests to the lengths commuters are willing to put up with just to get a traffic-free, automated ride toward their destinations.
The Dignity of Travel: The Cebu BRT ProjectComplex urban transport problems warrant a continuous search for solutions. The need for mobility is a given in today’s cities where commute trips tend to become longer as a result of urban sprawl and the growing mismatch between residential and employment locations which result in more trips made in terms of volume and distance.
Academic Leadership in a Globalized, Technology-Driven WorldIn UP, the country’s lone national university, leadership is central to our existence and purpose. The UP Charter of 2008 (Republic Act No. 9500) mandates us to provide our unique and distinctive leadership in higher education and national development. In clear and categorical terms, we are called upon to serve as a graduate university, providing 21st century skills and specializations for our country’s aspiring academics and decision makers.
CampusesThe University of the Philippines (UP) is the country’s national university. This premier institution of higher learning was established in 1908 and is now a university system composed of seven constituent universities and one autonomous college spread throughout 15 campuses in the archipelago. As of 2012, the UP System’s student population was at least 57,000.
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Broadcast media bigwigs brunch with UP officials
“Can we not really do something about our basketball team?”
On 27 June 2015, questions like the above by GMA 7’s Jessica Soho, together with more serious issues, were brought up and addressed as University of the Philippines (UP) President Alfredo E. Pascual invited UP alumni from at least six major broadcast networks and three broadsheets to a conversation over brunch.
GMA 7’s Jessica Soho poses a question to UP President Alfredo Pascual (not in photo) with UP Vice President for Public Affairs Prospero De Vera to her left listening. Photo by Jun Madrid.
In an event that brought together high-ranking and popular …
- UP experts to lead the push in preserving Pangasinan’s language and culture
- UP signs covenant with ABS-CBN for peaceful and clean 2016 elections
- SLIS honors UP’s newest librarians
- President Alfredo Pascual in UP Vanguard Oblation Award roster
- UPLB graduate students in historic conference
- UP President and PDI’s UP alumni converse over brunch
- Writer Ricky Lee is the 2015 UP Gawad Plaridel awardee
- UP is on a par with the best universities in 8 subjects, according to global rankings
- Pangulong Pascual, panauhing pandangal sa Unang Pandaigdig na Kumperensiya sa Pagplanong Pangwika ng UPV-SWF
UP Forum issue on UP’s Strategic Initiatives off the press
This is volume 16, number 1 of the bi-monthly UP Forum. In this special issue, UP President Alfredo Pascual gives updates on UP’s strategic initiatives, particularly on admissions system and policy; strengthening the faculty; modernizing pedagogy; transforming UP into a research-intensive university; unifying public service efforts; eUP and GreenUP; enhancing personnel benefits; and the UP budget. It also shows examples of ongoing and completed infrastructure projects of the University.
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- 27 UP students to graduate despite error in GE
- Eye research institute to launch 50th anniversary activities on 19 June
- Call for Nominations to the 2nd Gawad Pangulo: A Competition for Progressive Teaching and Learning Award
- President Pascual to highlight operational excellence in admin conference
- UP faculty and staff to receive P15,000 educational support grant
- Office of the President Scholarship Program and Leadership Grant accepting applicants
- UP President Alfredo Pascual to sit on the Thought Leaders Panel at ADB on 21 May 2015
- UP DAP funds efficiently used, all accounted for
- UP Gawad Plaridel call for nominations extended to May 11
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Photo from Cebu City BRT Facebook page photo album.
Trust Pinoy wit to come up with the most appropriate name for the nightmare of bumper-to-bumper traffic within the metro: Carmageddon.1 Monsoon rains, road repairs, accidents, annual holidays, even a single misbehaving private or public utility vehicle can turn our roads into a virtual parking lot, while lines of people waiting to catch a ride on the MRT-3 snake down all the way to the sidewalks, and crowds of commuters spill over onto the middle of the street.
The financial costs of traffic congestion are staggering—P2.4 billion today, and likely to increase to P6 billion a day by 2030 if the …
MMDA Deputy Chairman Undersecretary Alex Ramon Cabanilla.
They are massive in scale. They breathe smoke and fire. They cause tremendous amounts of inconvenience, not to mention great financial losses. They are consistently aggravating and occasionally directly life-threatening. But the difference between dragons and traffic congestion is that one of them is all-too-real and much more complicated to deal with.
Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Deputy Chairman Undersecretary and former UP School of Urban and Regional Planning associate professor Alex Ramon Q. Cabanilla put it another way: “Our traffic problem is the product of years and years of benign neglect. It started out …