Category Archives: Features

Feature stories on events, traditions and members of the university community

Academic and Research Initiatives in the University

Students preparing their materials for a session of the Versatile Instrument System for Science Education and Research (VISSER) Summer Workshop. UPSIO file photo.
The following are initiatives and programs of the university undertaken by the Office of Vice President for Academic Affairs:
International Publication Award
The purpose of the award is to encourage faculty, REPS and students to contribute to the body of knowledge in their respective fields/discipline by publishing in internationally respected journals that are peer-reviewed and adhere to high standards of scholarship.
Distinguished Artists, Scientists, and Academics-in-Residence Program 
Through the program, our students and young faculty will have the advantage of learning from and …

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The Internationalization of Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific

Address of the President at the 14th Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Senior Staff Meeting
7-9 September 2016, Crimson Hotel, Mactan Island, Cebu
Good morning to you all!
It is my honor and pleasure to welcome you to the 14th Senior Staff Meeting of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), here on the historic island of Mactan, Province of Cebu. It is here in Mactan where Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan fell in battle in 1521 against the warriors of the island, led by Datu Lapu-Lapu. Cebu Province is also where the first seeds of Christianity were planted in the Philippines, and …

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Message at the Second Manila Conference on the South China Sea

4 August 2016,
Manila Hotel
Distinguished Speakers, Esteemed Participants, Good Afternoon!
Let me first congratulate the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) for organizing this Second Manila Conference on the South China Sea. This could not have come at a better time as it follows the triumph of our country in the arbitration case against China over the West Philippine Sea.
Now I move on to my task of officially closing this two-day event. I am thankful to Prof. Charmaine Misalucha-Willoughby for providing a succinct summary of the conference proceedings.
My humble contribution to the already rich discussions will be my thoughts on the role of …

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Message of the President at the 79th Commencement Exercises of UP Cebu

28 June 2016,
UP Cebu Campus,
Lahug, Cebu City
Let me greet our dedicated UP officials, faculty, REPS, and admin staff; our loyal alumni; our students (the best and brightest in the country); the proud and happy parents of the graduates; and distinguished guests.
I now turn to our graduates—the UP Cebu class of 2016. Congratulations to you all. This is your special day—the recognition of your efforts and the success you have achieved.
I am honored to be your commencement speaker today. You have spent the past few years in UP Cebu, but the story of this campus started in 1918, way …

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Message of the President at the 19th Commencement Exercises of UP Mindanao

28 June 2016,
UP Mindanao Administration Building,
Davao City
UP Mindanao graduating students of 2016, congratulations for a job well done. I am honored to have this opportunity to speak before you today, as we send you off to your next journey. There are many reasons to celebrate this big day but let me begin by reminding you that as graduates of UP Mindanao, you are special.
Even the location of your campus is special. It is an hour away from the bustling heart of Davao City and is surrounded by a landscape isolated from urban and commercial distractions. Students who come …

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Message of the President at the UP Baguio Pagtatapos 2016

23 June 2016,
Baguio Convention Center,
Baguio City
We make a living by what we take, but we make a life by what we give.
This quote is often mistakenly attributed to Sir Winston Churchill, but regardless of who originally said it, the message is clear: Life is more than what we take or what we have.
Before anything else, I want to congratulate the parents and guardians of our graduates. You parents and guardians were selfless in giving to your children the support that enabled them to get this far. I am sure their graduation today makes you happy and proud.
I also …

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Messages of the President of the University of the Philippines

Alfredo E. Pascual is the 20th President of the University of the Philippines (U.P.), the country’s national university. He assumed the position in February 2011 for a term of six years. He teaches finance and management.
President Pascual is implementing a strategic plan to launch U.P. on a trajectory of becoming a great university in the 21st century—a university that takes leadership in the development of a globally competitive Philippines. He has carried out reforms, programs, and projects to transform U.P. into a research-intensive university, promote internationalization, modernize pedagogy, formalize quality assurance, and strengthen public service and sports development. He has …

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Message of the President at the 44th UP Los Banos Commencement Exercises

25 June 2016
DL Umali Freedom Park
College, Laguna
You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.
This is a popular quote of unknown origin. Nonetheless, its message is clear: Life is more than just working for a living. This is the theme I would like to discuss this morning.
But before proceeding, I want to first congratulate the parents and guardians of our graduates. You, parents and guardians, were selfless in giving to your children and wards the support that enabled them to get this far. I am sure their graduation today makes you …

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Message of the President at the 107th UP Manila Commencement Exercises

17 June 2016
Philippine International Convention Center
Manila
We make a living by what we take, but we make a life by what we give.
This quote is often mistakenly attributed to Sir Winston Churchill, but regardless of who originally said it, the message is clear: Life is more than what we take or what we have.
Before anything else, I want to congratulate the parents and guardians of our graduates. You parents and guardians were selfless in giving to your children the support that enabled them to get this far. I am sure their graduation today makes you happy and proud.
I also commend …

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Message of the President at the 105th UP Diliman Commencement Exercises

26 June 2016
University Amphitheater
UP Diliman, Quezon City

Members of the Board of Regents, Chancellor Michael Tan and his able team, my hardworking colleagues in the UP System Administration, our dedicated faculty and staff, our students (the best and brightest in the country), esteemed alumni and guests, ladies and gentlemen,
Good morning! With the sunflowers still abloom and the rain on hold1 until we finish the commencement exercises, I can say that the morning has broken, together with our hopes and gladness.
Congratulations to the UP Diliman Class of 2016!
I am sure most of you woke up very early today, while others failed to catch …

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