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UP connects with Filipino scholars in Europe

UP connects with Filipino scholars in Europe

Young Filipino scholars gathered at the Philippine Embassy in London on Friday, April 24, for the UK stop of the University of the Philippines (UP) roadshow. The three-week tour aims to update UP graduates abroad on developments in the University as well as to encourage them to share their academic expertise or make financial contributions to UP. (READ: Infographics on the new system-wide donation scheme – page 1 and page 2) Dr. Aaron Joseph Villaraza, deputy director of the Office of International Linkages, was tasked to meet with the thirteen PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and faculty members from the University […]

EIDR program on water governance engages stakeholders in multi-sectoral discussions in Luzon and the Visayas

A water resource management plan was successfully outlined at the Training Workshop on Water Management held last 10-22 March 2015 at the University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños. The 12-day workshop involved twenty participants from the local government units of six municipalities in Laguna, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Laguna Lake Development Authority, and LIMAS Marina. But the initiative that resulted in the draft management plan is only among the major offshoots of the program Towards Good Water Governance for Development: A Multi-Case Analysis, which previously led to three similar multi-sector discussions. In […]

UP Diliman professor Alfredo Lagmay receives 2015 Plinius Medal

Professor Alfredo Lagmay, professor at the University of the Philippines (UP) National Institute of Geological Sciences and executive director of the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH), received the 2015 Plinius Medal from the European Geosciences Union for his “outstanding interdisciplinary natural-hazard research and natural-disaster engagement in the Philippines, particularly with respect to volcanic hazards, earthquakes, typhoons, landslides and floods.” Lagmay is a leading international scientific expert on natural disasters. He led the study on the geological hazards of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, which was used as scientific basis for the deliberations on the rehabilitation of the mothballed nuclear plant. […]

SiningSaysay: History, art and public discourse

SiningSaysay: History, art and public discourse

Recently launched SiningSaysay blazed a trail in history painting by presenting the journey of the Filipino people from pre-history to present-day society in a series of “murals” on canvas. A joint undertaking of the University of the Philippines (UP), the UP Alumni Association (UPAA) and the Araneta Group Inc., the exhibit features 30 grand paintings, each measuring 12 feet wide by 6 feet high. They were created by 28 alumni of the UP College of Fine Arts, namely National Artists Ben Cabrera and the late Abdul Asia Mari Imao, Adonai Artificio, Armand Bacaltos, Adi Baen-Santos, Grandier Bella, Benji Cabangis, Angel Cacnio, Romeo Carlos, Cris Cruz, […]

The 2015 National Book Development Trust Fund Grant

The National Book Development Board (NBDB), the government agency mandated to develop and support the Philippine book publishing industry, has recently launched a call for applications for the National Book Development Trust Fund Grant for 2015. Authors and organizations are invited to submit at least 25 percent of their manuscripts or research works for books. The chosen works will receive a grant of P200,000.00 each. Manuscripts or research works for books should be on any of the following subjects: 1. local history and culture (written in Filipino, English, or any Philippine language) 2. traditional medicine, integrative medicine or tropical medicine 3. food science […]

UP, NUS partner for effective institutional and academic leadership

UP, NUS partner for effective institutional and academic leadership

Studies show that it is the quality of leadership that separates the more effective academic institutions from the less effective ones, with successful schools enjoying collaborative management, purposeful leadership, and strong links between the leader’s vision and day-to-day practice. Taking this into account, the University of the Philippines and the National University of Singapore (NUS) through the Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning implemented the Temasek Foundation-NUS Program on Developing University Leaders and Educators (DULE) to “enable leaders to think beyond their own disciplines and lead in ways that support larger institutional objectives.” Specifically, the program seeks to advance and sustain […]

Top UPCAT qualifiers welcomed by President Pascual

“Adapt to University life, embrace opportunities to develop or acquire new skills, explore new worlds, accept and celebrate diversity, and further build your character and define your own identity.” These are just some of the pieces of advice that UP President Alfredo Pascual gave the top 50 qualifiers of the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) during the lunch reception hosted for them last 14 March 2015 at the Executive House in UP Diliman. Such learning activities and processes, he stated, are crucial in preparing oneself for the bigger world: the society outside the University walls. The top 50 examinees who compose only about […]

Music, Humanities and a Globalized Society

Music, Humanities and a Globalized Society Gisela P. Concepcion (Speech delivered at SEADOM Congress 2015, University of the Philippines Diliman) Introduction “The future is first shaped by words, whose meanings shift as ourselves change.” This is a line from a poem composed by eminent poet and University of the Philippines professor emeritus Gémino Abad. In twelve simple words, Prof. Abad was able to capture the value of the humanities, and it is that they embody the things that move us, that drive us to choose one path over another, such impetuses being truth, beauty and goodness. Like words, music can […]

2015 Academic Leadership Conference

2015 Academic Leadership Conference

Concept Paper (Revised: March 5, 2015) Programme of Activities Welcome Remarks President Alfredo E. Pascual University of the Philippines System SESSION 1: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE Curriculum and Pedagogy for 21st Century Learning – Some NUS Initiatives Dr. Lakshminarayanan Samavedham Associate Professor of Engineering, National University of Singapore Promoting Teaching through Promoting Teachers Dr. Adrian Michael Lee Deputy Director, Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning Director of the Special Programme in Science, National University of Singapore Internationalizing Higher Education in Singapore: Government Policies and the NUS Experience Dr. Teofilo Daquila Coordinator, M.A. Coursework Program Associate Professor of Southeast Asian […]

UP Press is 50!

UP Press is 50!

An anniversary lunch that brought together current and former employees and heads kicked off the 50th year celebration of the University of the Philippines (UP) Press. It was held last March 16, the date when the UP Press – the first university press in the country – was put up in 1965. Also in attendance at the lunch gathering were President Alfredo Pascual and Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela Concepcion.  Three days later, a roundtable on myth and writing was held in honor of the late Dr. Damiana Eugenio whose seven-volume Philippine Folk Literature collection continues to be the all-time best-selling book series of the […]