Category Archives: In the News

Compilation of news items from mainstream media on the university, it’s programs, units, faculty, students, alumni and activities.

Economic opportunities in genomics discussed in PGC meet

UP Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela Concepcion encourages participants of the symposium “Economic Opportunities in Genomics” organized by the UP Philippine Genome Center to form a critical mass to jump-start research and economic development in the country through genomics. Photo by Jun Madrid.
In a pioneering event, the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) brought together investors, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, students, scientists, and science administrators in a symposium on November 12, 2016 at the National Institute of Molecular and Biotechnology of UP Diliman, National Science Complex, Quezon City, to discuss the economic opportunities presented by the global “explosion” in genomics research, development (R&D), …

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UP Cebu is now UP’s 8th Constituent University

The Oblation at the South Road Properties campus of University of the Philippines Cebu. Photo by Januar Yap, UP Cebu PIO.
On October 27, 2016 at its 1321st meeting, the University of the Philippines Board of Regents (UP BOR) officially approved the elevation of UP Cebu to the status of 8th constituent university (CU) of the UP System.
One of the requirements for the elevation of a college to a constituent university of the UP System, which the BOR certified in a previous meeting on May 2003, is that the proposed CU be necessary to UP, the region where it is located …

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Tsinghua University officials visit the University of the Philippines

UP President Alfredo E. Pascual and UP Diliman Chancellor Michael L. Tan joined by the Tsinghua University officials in an academic visit. Photo by El Bacani.
On November 11, Tsinghua University (TU) officials from Beijing, China visited the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.
UP System President Alfredo E. Pascual and UP Diliman Chancellor Michael L. Tan, and Professor Herman Joseph S. Kraft welcomed TU School of Sciences Vice Dean Chen Qi, International Office Assistant Director Zhang Jian, along with other officials of TU.
The meeting aimed to “develop an academic and educational cooperation and promote mutual understanding between the two …

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Pacific universities highlight women academe leadership in UP Cebu meet

Association of Pacific Rim Universities hold 2016 APRU Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership Workshop
UP officials, workshop participants from the Association of Pacific Rim Universities and guests pose for the group photo. Photo from UP Cebu Public Information Office.
To discuss the progress of gender mainstreaming as strategy for promoting gender equality and challenges of women leadership in the academe, senior university leaders, researchers and administrators from four Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) member universities convened at the 2016 APRU Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership (APWiL) Workshop, Wednesday.
Launched in June 2013, APWiL serves as a platform for sharing practices in advancing women’s participation …

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New UP regents take oath

(L-R) Regent Frederick Mikhail “Spocky” Farolan, Regent Angelo “Jijil” Jimenez, Regent Francis Laurel (Photos by Bong Arboleda and Misael Bacani)
Three new members of the UP Board of Regents (BOR), all UP alumni, took their oaths of office at Quezon Hall, UP Diliman.
Regent Frederick Mikhail “Spocky” Farolan is a partner at the Roura Farolan Gayondato and Dumas Law Firm and a member of the UP Vanguard, Inc. Board of Governors. He is known for taking on advocacy cases that involve community rights and public interest, including the infamous “tanim bala” incidents. Farolan is a graduate of UP Diliman, earning his degree …

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UP Min conducts training on natural farming technology with Obu Manuvu community

Farmers of the Obu Manuvu indigenous people mix ingredients to make natural farm inputs in the training-workshop on natural farming technology held in the UP Mindanao Land Reservation in Marilog, Davao City. Photo by Rene Estremera, UP Mindanao.
Farmers of the Obu Manuvu indigenous people availed of a training-workshop on natural farming technology systems throughout October to November 3 in Sitio Ladi-an, Marilog District, Davao City.
The 40 farmers learned to make indigenous micro-organisms, fermented plant juice and fruit juice, fish amino acid, and natural insect attractants for use as inputs to farm production.
The ingredients that were used included rice, muscovado sugar, …

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Balik-PhD, EIDR lauded at 4th President’s Toast

UP President Alfredo Pascual recounts how the EIDR and Balik-PhD programs were among the earliest initiatives implemented during his administration. Photo by Misael Bacani
The Balik-PhD Faculty and Research, Extension and Professional Staff Recruitment (Balik-Phd) and the Emerging Interdisciplinary Research (EIDR) programs of the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA) were celebrated at the 4th President’s Toast, an event that recognizes outstanding UP initiatives, on October 28 at Ang Bahay ng Alumni, UP Diliman (UPD).
In his speech, UP President Alfredo Pascual recalled how these programs were implemented in the early years of his administration. These were part of …

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UPOU chancellor to head int’l org

UPOU Chancellor Melinda Bandalaria. Photo by Misael Bacani
UP Open University (UPOU) Chancellor Melinda Bandalaria is the next president of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU).
Bandalaria was selected at the organization’s 31st executive committee meeting on October 26. This was announced by incumbent AAOU President Yuk-Shan Wong in a press conference held after the meeting. The media event was held before the opening of the 30th AAOU annual conference at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria.
Bandalaria told UP News that the selection process began early this year, with UPOU getting nominations from Wawasan Open University, Malaysia and Universitas Terbuka, Indonesia.
According to …

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ASEAN student leaders hold Philippine congress

Student leaders and student affairs administrators from the ASEAN University Network with UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan at the National Institute of Physics, National Science Complex, UP Diliman, Quezon City, October 26, 2016. Photo by Bong Arboleda.
The University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, and De La Salle University–all members of the ASEAN University Network (AUN)–hosted more than a hundred student leaders from the region for the 5th annual ASEAN Student Leaders Forum (ASLF) from October 24 to 26, 2016.
With the theme, “ASEAN, Our Home: Youth Engagement Toward a Shared Future,” students from the 30 AUN members discussed the …

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UPOU hosts 30th AAOU annual confab

UPOU Chancellor Melinda Bandalaria formally opens the conference.Photo by Misael Bacani
The UP Open University (UPOU) hosted the 30th annual conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) on October 26 to29 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria. The theme was “Open Education in Asia: Changing Perspectives.”
It was the second time the conference was held in the Philippines, the first in 2000, also hosted by UPOU.
UP President Alfredo Pascual, in his welcome message read by UP VP for Academic Affairs Gisela Concepcion during the opening ceremony, said that open and distance learning (ODL) is “a crucial tool in the delivery …

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