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The ‘Panday’ Conspiracy

“Panday” by Toym Imao. Left photo: Shows the base which is both an anvil and a seafaring vessel. It also features a a stylized Philippine flag. Center photo: Shows the Oblation at the helm, and “padayon” spelled in baybayin (pre-colonial Filipino scripts). It also shows a stylized rendition of the brain and the letters “UP”. Right photo: Traditional okir patterns created a sail for the ship. The sculpture, when turned sideways, also shows a heart shape. (UP System Information Office).
It all began last week with my fellow chancellors at UP. With the term of the current president, Alfredo E. Pascual, …

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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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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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Comm Res holds first int’l conference

Pres. Pascual discusses three ideas related to the conference theme: internationalization, ASEAN integration, and communication. Photo by Misael Bacani
The Department of Communication Research (Comm Res) of the College of Mass Communication (CMC) held its first international conference from September 22 to 23 at the UP Diliman (UPD) campus.
Titled “Voices and Noises: Communication and Integration within and across ASEAN Communities,” the event was an offshoot of the department’s National Communication Research Conference (NCRC) which began in 2012. The NCRC, on the other hand, was an expansion of its Metro Manila-wide Communication Research Student Conference which began in 2007.
During the CRIC opening …

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UP Manila prof is world’s most prolific editor

Dr. Jose Florencio Lapeña, Jr. of UP Manila is the world’s busiest editor.
This was according to Publons, the UK company behind the inaugural Sentinel of Science awards.
Lapeña received the award for handling the highest number of manuscripts across all the world’s journals. As this year’s top contributing editor, he will get $100 cash and a $200 credit with Wiley.
Publon created the awards to “honour the expert peer reviewers and editors who stand guard over research quality, and lead the charge for better, faster science.”
On 20 September 2016, Dr. Lapeña was recognized by the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery in San Diego, California with the Star …

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UP figures in Times Higher Education rankings

To view the University of the Philippines profile on the Times Higher Education website, please click through this graphic. Graphic from THE.
Expanding its coverage, the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings now includes institutions from 10 more countries for 2016-2017, including one from the Philippines, its national university, the University of the Philippines.
In its communication to UP, THE said UP ranked “in the band of >800 this year out of 980 institutions” from 79 countries. UP got its highest scores in knowledge transfer and lowest in research influence.
THE ranks universities based on five “pillars”: 1) teaching or the learning …

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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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ASEAN youth volunteers finish DRRM program in Manila

Photo by Misael Bacani.
The month-long 2016 ASEAN Youth Volunteer Program (AYVP) closed on August 26, 2016 at the NISMED Auditorium of UP Diliman, with speeches delivered by top officials of: the host universities, UP, the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), and De La Salle University (DLSU); the program administrator, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM); and the funding agency, USAID.
Selected youth volunteers and barangay and NGO personalities from sites chosen for the immersion activities shared their stories on the program, which focused this year on disaster risk reduction. The volunteers also performed a cultural dance number.
Fifty young men and women from the …

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Leyte-based radio broadcaster receives UP award

Radio broadcaster Francisca “Babes” Custodio delivers her UP Gawad Plaridel lecture. Photo by jun Madrid (UPSIO).
The UP Gawad Plaridel, the sole award of the University for outstanding media practitioners, was given this year to Radio DYVL-Tacloban City station manager Francisca “Babes” Custodio.
Custodio was recognized for her promotion of the Waray oral literary form Siday, language, and culture. She was also cited for public service as exemplified by her remaining on duty during Typhoon Yolanda, which ravaged the station and killed two of the staff and five from a janitor’s family taking shelter in the station.
The 12th Gawad Plaridel ceremonies were …

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