2018 Turkey Scholarships Program for undergraduate, graduate degrees now open for applications

The 2018 Turkey Scholarships Program is now open for applications. The program provides education opportunities to international students who wish to study in the most prestigious universities in Turkey to attain undergraduate and/or graduate degrees. Academic performance, social achievements and other eligibility to the application criteria of the applied program will be assessed. Application period is until 25 March 2018. Detailed information and application procedures can be found at http://www.turkiyeburslari.gov.tr. Inquiries regarding the program may be directed via email at [email protected]

Carnegie Mellon University scholarships for faculty, staff of CHED-recognized HEIs

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has forged a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University in Australia to expand opportunities for qualified faculty and staff to pursue graduate studies abroad during the K to 12 transition period. The scholarships are available on a competitive basis for Filipino faculty and staff of Philippine Higher Education Institutions to study the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management and Master of Science in Information Technology at Carnegie Mellon University in Australia. Applications are now open for August 2018 intake. Application deadline is 13 May 2018. Eligibility Applicants must be Filipino citizens and current […]

Taiwan presents more opportunities for Filipinos to study in Taiwan through scholarship programs

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines has once again opened various scholarship programs for qualified Filipino students. These scholarships are intended for Filipinos who wish to pursue further studies in Taiwan (master’s and doctoral degrees) or for those who would like to learn the Mandarin Language in the Republic of China (Taiwan). Due to popular demand and the positive responses from the Filipino students in the previous years, Taiwan‘s Ministry of Education (MOE) has decided to offer more slots for the scholarships to give more chances for Filipinos to study in Taiwan, learn the traditional Mandarin […]

IPA Recipients for December 2017

Fig. 1.  Feeding preference of drywood termite(“unos”) to common wood used in he Philippines.

Arlene D. Romano and Menandro N. Acda Department of Forest and Paper Science College of Forestry and Natural Resources UP Los Baños Feeding Preference of the Drywood Termite Cryptotermes cynocephalus (Kalotermitidae) against Industrial Tree Plantation Species in the Philippines. Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology, 20 (4): 1161-1164, December 2017. The feeding preference of the drywood termite Cryptotermes cynocephalus (also called “unos”) was investigated against five fast growing industrial tree plantation species commonly used in the Philippines, viz.,Yemane, mangium, Moluccan sau, mahogany and eucalyptus.  No-choice and choice feeding tests were conducted to determine mass loss, wood consumption,level of resistance, and termite survival after […]

Preserving Philippine ethno-epics

Preserving Philippine ethno-epics

The Philippines is fast losing its chance to read and learn the orally transmitted folk literature of the Mandaya people of the Davao provinces in Mindanao, the second largest island in the country. Every year, the number of magdadawot (bards) who can chant the Mandaya dawot (epic poems) and old bayok (spontaneous poems), or recite the uman-uman and hullubaton (stories or historical narratives), tutukanon (riddles), and proverbs and sayings is fast diminishing. The language used in these oral traditions is archaic Mandaya, no longer spoken or clearly understood by the present generation. The few who are gifted and skilled to […]

Over 60 research projects in science, arts, humanities to be presented at system-wide symposium

Over 60 research projects in science, arts, humanities to be presented at system-wide symposium

The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA) will be holding the 2017 UP OVPAA Research Symposium on 20-21 November 2017 at the National Institute of Physics, UP Diliman. The event will feature projects being funded by the UP through the Emerging Interdisciplinary Research (EIDR) Program and the Balik PhD Recruitment Program. Thirty-four oral presentations and 29 poster presentations will be given by past and present EIDR and Balik PhD grantees. The EIDR was established by UP to strengthen the culture of research in the University. It funds innovative, interdisciplinary and inter-CU research that generates fundamentally new knowledge […]

UP remains No. 1 university in PH despite drop in regional rankings

UP remains No. 1 university in PH despite drop in regional rankings

UP is still the leading university in the Philippines despite falling five notches in the new Asian University Rankings released by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) in October. From No. 70 in 2016 and 2017, it is now No. 75, with an accumulated score of 57.3. The national university received high points for employer reputation, followed by academic reputation and faculty-student ratio. Employer and academic reputation are measured by means of global surveys. Lower scores, however, were given to UP in research and internationalization metrics, particularly in citations for paper, outbound student exchange and inbound student exchange. Over 400 universities around Asia […]

IPA Recipients for November 2017

Meranoplus malaysianus, a new species record for the Philippines.

David Emmanuel M. General Museum of Natural History UP Los Baños First Global Molecular Phylogeny and Biogeographical Analysis of Two Arachnid Orders (Schizomida and Uropygi) Supports a Tropical Pangean Origin and Mid-Cretaceous Diversification. Journal of Biogeography, 44 (11): 2660–2672, November 2017. Mount Hamiguitan, in Davao Oriental, is famous for a large (~225 has.) pygmy forest and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  We sampled ants in four zones (elevations in brackets): 1) near the Research Center [400 meters above sea level (masl)]; 2) established trail to Camp 4 [no fixed elevation]; 3) Camp 4 [940 masl], a semi-permanent campsite for researchers […]

IPA Recipients for October 2017

IPA Recipients for October 2017

Ralph John de la Cruz and Agnes Paras Institute of Mathematics College of Science UP Diliman Skew ϕ Polar Decompositions. Linear Algebra and its Applications, 531: 129-140, 15 October 2017. We determine when can we factor out a matrix A as a product of an orthogonal and a skew symmetric matrix, or as a product of a symplectic and a Hamiltonian matrix. Link to the article: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0024379517303294 Impact Factor: (2016/2017) 0.973 ________________________________________

‘Vision’ and ‘global recognition’ yield accolades for two UP researchers

Two UP faculty members will be awarded by the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines for outstanding merit in research and development. Dr. Lourdes Ladrido-Ignacio, a professor emeritus at the UP-PGH Department of Psychiatry, was chosen as this year’s recipient of the Geminiano T. De Ocampo Visionary Award for Medical Research. The award is bestowed on clinical researchers who have created the vision for medical research that have blazed and/or pioneered the trail for medical innovations and health research and development. The other awardee is Dr. Nathaniel P. Hermosa II, an associate professor at the National Institute of Physics […]