With the theme “Journalism in Crisis. Crisis in Journalism,” this year’s annual Asian Journalism Research Conference 2019 (AJRC) highlighted the need to remain vigilant against so-called fake news, especially amidst disasters and conflict.

Students from the Institute of Civil Engineering, University of the Philippines Diliman won the championship in the Eco-concrete Competition at the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Spring 2019 Convention in Quebec, Canada. The students used locally abundant Diliman tuff as partial replacement to cement and waste glass in making an environmentally friendly concrete. The students won over schools from North and South America, Europe and Asia.

The power of art to draw cultures together was on full display at the opening of ‘Common Ground: A Ceramic Art Collaboration Between Israel and the Philippines’ last Thursday at the Corredor Gallery, UP College of Fine Arts. The exhibit, which runs until April 12, 2019, features the fruits of a series of talks and studio sessions with UP artists conducted by Israeli ceramicist Roy Maayan, that aims to create bridges between both countries.

UP Diliman students visited information booths and listened to resource persons during the first UPD Study Abroad Week held from March 26 to 29 at the School of Statistics. The four-day event featured talks on studying in: the USA; Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, and Thailand; and, European countries like the Czech Republic, France, Germany, and Spain, among others.

The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, in cooperation with the UP College of Human Kinetics, the UP Men’s Basketball Team, and the UP Pep Squad, launched the #SafeCampusTo: UP Fight Against VAW on 23 March 2019 at the Quezon Hall Steps, UP Diliman. The campaign aims to make UP campuses safe from all forms of gender-based violence.

Active relations between the University of the Philippines and Korea were highlighted during the first lecture and meeting with top UP officials of Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-Man.

Selected faculty members from all eight constituent universities of the University of the Philippines gathered together to exchange notes and take stock of their experiences in providing policy advice to the government in the areas of disaster risk reduction and climate change. The “Scoping Workshop on the Role of Academia in Policymaking for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Action” was organized by the University of the Philippines Resilience Institute with support from the International Network for Government Science Advice.