Screenshot of the UPOU website. [https://www.upou.edu.ph/home/

To help iskolar ng bayan through “the new normal” by providing for their remote learning needs, the UP Open University (UPOU) launched its own UPOU-Kaagapay+ program on September 1, in consonance with the UP System’s Kaagapay sa Pag-aaral ng mga Iskolar ng Bayan Fundraising and Resource Generation Campaign (Kaagapay UP).

The UP Visayas is gearing for the implementation of continuing education programs in the province of Antique in line with the UP Extension Campus this 2020 in the town of Pandan in Antique. It will cater to higher education institutions and state universities and colleges in the area.

Screenshot from the replay on UPLB’s YouTube channel. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnBjK0QTKo4]

The lessons and principles of a UP education have prepared them to face even the most daunting challenge of a post-pandemic world. This was UP Regent Francis Laurel’s message to the members of UP Los Baños Class of 2020 who held their first virtual commencement exercises as part of the first class to graduate during a pandemic.

Former UP President Alfredo Pascual addressing the UP Manila Class of 2020. Screenshot from the livestream of the UP Manila commencement exercises.

For his contributions to the university, former UP President Alfredo E. Pascual was conferred an honorary degree during UP Manila’s first ever virtual commencement exercises.

UP’s role in spreading new knowledge and ideas propels the national university into the top 500 universities in the world and outranks universities in neighboring countries in terms of research citation.

The UP Mindanao Debate Society team emerged as champions in the first edition of The Novice Debate (TND) in an online competition on 15 and 16 August 2020. Frederick Omalza, an alumnus of the BS Biology program, and Michael John Galendez, a second-year BS Agribusiness Economics student, triumphed in a 5-2 split decision with convincing rebuttals to a motion for capable individuals to forgo non-essential activities in times of crisis.

Prof. Eilene Antoinette G. Narvaez. Photo from a UP Forum Roundtable Discussion in 2017. [https://www.up.edu.ph/the-up-forum-roundtable-discussion-celebrating-the-up-spirit/]

Prof. Eilene Antoinette G. Narvaez of the UP Diliman Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature, a member of the Filipinas Institute of Translation, recently worked with Google for the Filipino terms related to COVID-19.

Amidst COVID-19 troubles on the ground, the nation continues to find hope in space in an event dubbed “Our Place in Space: What’s Next for the Philippines Space Sector”, organized by the UP-led STAMINA4Space Program.

A summary of the work done by LWPH volunteers with sources mostly coming from the Department of Health and the World Health Organization. Photo courtesy of LWPH.

During a pandemic, accurate public health information on COVID-19 is a necessity. But with most of the information on the viral disease and the government’s response published only in Filipino and English, how do we make sure that people in the different regions and those belonging to different ethnolinguistic groups can access this information? Enter the UP Department of Linguistics and the Language Warriors PH project.