The University of the Philippines Bonifacio Global City (UP BGC) campus will soon open its doors for enrolment. With the turnover of the UP BGC’s nine-level building by donor, SM Investments Corporation, the University will be making the final preparations for the operation of the new campus.
Comprising a total floor area of 12,000 square meters, the campus building will house 29 classrooms, 3 computer laboratories, libraries, faculty lounges, an auditorium, a moot court, multipurpose hall, several discussion rooms, conference rooms and office spaces.
Intended for professionals eager to enhance their skills and desiring advanced educational opportunities, the new campus will host classes of the College of Law, College of Engineering, Virata School of Business, College of Architecture, School of Labor and Industrial Relations, School of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Statistics and the UP Open University. These units will offer graduate level courses, continuing education programs, seminars, workshops, and training courses.
According to UP President Alfredo E. Pascual, “The UP BGC will bring UP’s brand of quality education to those working and living in the southern Metro Manila areas, including those living in the nearby cities and provinces, desiring to partake in the knowledge generated by the country’s leading educators, scientists, artists, and public intellectuals.”
The UP BGC is the latest addition to the constituent units of UP, the country’s lone national university. These units include UP Diliman, with its extension programs in Pampanga and Subic; UP Los Baños; UP Manila, with its Schools of Health Sciences in Baler, Palo and Koronadal; UP Visayas, with its campuses in Miagao, Iloilo City and Tacloban; UP Open University; UP Mindanao in Davao City; UP Baguio; and UP Cebu, with campuses in Lahug and South Road Properties. All in all, UP now has a total of 17 campus locations spread across the country.
The establishment of the UP BGC is another manifestation of UP’s commitment to broadening its academic reach and fulfilling its mandate to serve and lead as a graduate university, a research university, and a public service university under Republic Act 9500 or the UP Charter of 2008.
SM, the building’s donor, is a long-time partner of UP in the nationwide college scholarship program under SM Foundation, Inc. Through this program, SM provides free college education to thousands of deserving children coming from financially-challenged families. The program is also rooted in empowering the youth, giving them hope and honing their true potential while investing both in their future and that of the whole country.
SM Prime Holdings, Inc. President Hans T. Sy said, “It is with great pride that we turn over today the Henry Sy Sr. Hall to the highly esteemed University of the Philippines here at BGC. The building carries no less than my father’s name whose prime advocacy is education.”
The UP BGC campus is the product of years of conceptualization and planning, which ultimately bore fruit when UP and SM signed a memorandum of agreement in 2014, which paved the way for the construction of the UP BGC building – an investment that will yield immeasurable dividends in terms of shaping the minds that shape the nation.