A campus envisioned as the innovation campus of UP is now on the rise with the inauguration of its “seed” facility at the Evia Lifestyle Center, Las Piñas on January 27, 2017.
The UP @Lab Innovation Hub, donated by Vista Land and Lifescapes Inc. of the Villar family, offers working space to start-up technopreneurs and facilitates their linkage with industry and markets. At least four locators were introduced during the inauguration.
As planned, the innovation hub was established to attract and employ prospective engineering graduate students through technology business start-ups. They can take technology entrepreneurship and design engineering courses in the initial academic zone to be built for the new campus.
In the future, the campus will offer a Professional Engineering and Science Masters Program, the first of its kind in the country.
Dr. Aura Matias, the chair of the technical working group developing the campus and former dean ot the UP Diliman College of Engineering, said the National University of Singapore and the University of California System have had similar, successful experiences establishing such an innovation campus. The campus will also use lessons from the university-aided development of Silicon Valley.
The technical working group consists of experts from the UP Diliman College of Engineering and Vista Land and Lifescapes Inc. It is supported by the Department of Science and Technology, USAID-STRIDE, the UP College of Business Administration Alumni Association, and industry partners.
The campus has tentatively been named UP Vista City and UP Alabang, which will be one of the many expansions of the University in key economic zones. It is located at the center of the Calabarzon industry growth area and its “technology ecosystems”.
The specialized UP campus hopes to fill the gap in knowledge capital necessary to catalyze an “ecology” for technology development in the area, Matias said in an interview before the inauguration. Its curricular and technology business incubation offerings will be suited to the needs of the industry, particularly the need to level up to local demand and global competition.
The ribbon-cutting was led by the Villars, headed by the former senator, Manuel Villar, and Senator Cynthia Villar; and UP officials headed by the outgoing UP president, Dr. Alfredo Pascual and President-elect Danilo Concepcion. (Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc, UP MPRO)
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