With the construction of the Clark Green City (CGC) formally starting with the ground-breaking ceremony on April 11, 2016, the University of the Philippines revealed plans for a campus in the master-planned city where the University is expected to build human capital to drive the city and Region III’s growth.
In his speech at a conference on city building on March 8, 2016 in Bonifacio Global City, UP President Alfredo Pascual said the UP-CGC campus follows the example of innovations in education made by top world universities, consisting of harmonizing disciplines and seamless academe-government-industry collaboration, in order to build human capital for the country’s development.
“Several top universities around the world, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), National University of Singapore (NUS), and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), have innovative academic and research programs that integrate various disciplines, such as, health sciences, environmental sciences, public policy, resource systems, engineering, business and management,” Pascual said.
“Certain institutions, such as, the Broad Institute of Harvard University and MIT and RIKEN of Japan have programs that go beyond academic activities and operate on an academe-industry-government nexus that ensures that outputs are marketable and do address the public service dimensions of research,” Pascual added.
As he talked about UP benchmarking the academic and operational features of the campus after these universities, Pascual presented the “green” architectural plans for UP-CGC.
The UP Board of Regents approved the memorandum of agreement between UP and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), the developer of CGC, on July 22, 2015, through which BCDA allocates 70 hectares in CGC for the use of the University.
“I believe that the partnership between UP, the country’s premier institution of higher learning, and the BCDA, will go a long way to improve the quality of our human capital—our industry leaders and government administrators, our managers, our knowledge workers and employees, our workers and entrepreneurs. And this is where we begin building our city, person by person, thus creating an innovative, globally competitive and internationally oriented labor force for Clark Green City,” Pascual said during the city-building conference.
If plans push through, UP-CGC will offer one undergraduate Liberal Arts program and professional masters programs in Health Management, Sustainability Science, and Structural Analytics, under a College of Human Sciences, a College of the Natural Environment, and a College of Designed Environments.