RESEARCH AND CREATIVE WORK

2019 QS World University Rankings: UP has strong employer reputation globally

2019 QS World University Rankings: UP has strong employer reputation globally

UP placed in the top 38% in the 2019 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. It was 384th among the 1,011 institutions from 85 countries that were ranked. It also maintained its position as the Philippines’ leading university, despite dropping 17 places from 2018. UP scored particularly well in employer reputation at 49.6 . It ranked 168th globally–an improvement of 23 places from last year–based on the results of a world survey that collected the views of employers “on institutions providing the best professionals”. According to QS, employer reputation is the “strongest indicator” for UP. Around 43,000 survey responses were analyzed by […]

Alternative modernity and integrity of local knowledge: UP College of Music’s Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Project on Arts and Culture

Alternative modernity and integrity of local knowledge: UP College of Music's Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Project on Arts and Culture

It was “a product of thinking about the arts and its relationships to Philippine culture and society and a creative and imaginative re-envisioning of the possibilities that Philippine traditions can possibly make in the present moment.” This was how Dr. Jose S. Buenconsejo, professor at the UP College of Music, described the Emerging Interdisciplinary Research (EIDR) program he led from 2015 to 2017. Called “Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Project on Arts and Culture”, the program of the College of Music consisted of four projects that not only “spelled out an alternative modernity” but believed in the “integrity of local knowledge, giving […]

IPA Recipients for May 2018

IPA Recipients for May 2018

Juan Miguel R. Guotana, Bechaida D. Payot, Carla B. Dimalanta and Noelynna T. Ramos National Institute of Geological Sciences College of Sciences UP Diliman Petrological and Geochemical Characteristics of the Samar Ophiolite Ultramafic Section: Implications on the Origins of the Ophiolites in Samar and Leyte Islands, Philippines. International Geology Review, 60 (4): 401-417, 12 March 2018. Fragments of fossil oceanic lithospheres are called ophiolites. Studies dealing with the petrological and geochemical characteristics of ultramafic sections of Philippine ophiolites are primarily interpreted in a regional perspective. It is believed that ophiolites exposed in the different parts of the Philippines were emplaced from […]

In which subject areas did UP publish more?

In which subject areas did UP publish more?

Every year, UP generates more international journal articles and scholarly books and book chapters across fields of study. But which subject areas have more publications than others? According to Scopus, almost half of UP’s publications in indexed scientific journals, books and conference proceedings in the last 100 years were in agriculture and biological sciences, and medicine. Of the 10,835 publications of UP from 1911 to 10 May 2018, 24.5 percent were research papers in agriculture and biological sciences while 23.5 percent were related to medicine. Scopus currently has the most extensive abstract and citation database of refereed publications in the world, […]

UP graduate students on eight-day Korea study tour

UP graduate students on eight-day Korea study tour

A group of graduate students from the MA Asian Studies program of UP Diliman is in Korea for the eight-day Korea Study Tour organized by the UP Korea Research Center (KRC), a unit under the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.  The tour aims to provide students with an opportunity to visit Korean universities to motivate them to pursue research works on Korea as well as undertake further graduate studies in the country. During the academic visit, they will participate in seminars and discussions with Korean professors and graduate students. With the students are UP Diliman faculty members Dr. […]

IPA Recipients for May 2018

IPA Recipients for May 2018

Vicente Y. Belizario, John Paul Caesar R. de los Trinos and Chiqui  M. de Veyra Department of Parasitology College of Public Health UP Manila The Use of Geographic Information System as a Tool for Schistosomiasis Surveillance in the Province of Davao del Norte, the Philippines. Geospatial Health, 12 (2): 199-209, 2017. Schistosomiasis (SCH) in The Philippines is caused by Schistosoma japonicumand remains endemic in 28 provinces in 12 regions. Effective SCH control requires describing areas at risk where control efforts may be focused. This study aims at demonstrating the utility of geographical information system (GIS) as a tool for SCH surveillance in […]

UP rises to top 50% of ranked universities from emerging economies

UP rises to top 50% of ranked universities from emerging economies

London-based publication Times Higher Education (THE) has placed the University of the Philippines in the top 50% of the 2018 Emerging Economies Universities Rankings. UP has been ranked 166th, a massive leap from its 201st-250th position among 300 universities in 2017. It is the only Philippine university in this year’s list which includes 378 universities from 42 countries. The rankings consider only institutions from countries classified by FTSE as advanced emerging, secondary emerging or frontier markets. THE evaluates their accomplishments in teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook based on the same indicators used in the World University Rankings. But to […]

Guidelines for UPCAT appeals and pending cases

Below are the guidelines released by the UP Office of Admissions (OA) for UPCAT appeals and pending cases. OA is is still waiting for the complete list of cut-offs for appeals from the different constituent universities. These should be received by Friday, 11 May 2018. The list will be posted at the OA. INQUIRIES ABOUT PENDING CASES What are pending cases? These refer to UPCAT applicants with incomplete application documents (e.g. no proof of payment of application fee, no transcript, missing grades). Deadline for submission of required documents of pending cases is Monday, 21 May 21 2018. If your name was originally […]

UP’s pioneer articles in int’l journals: 1911 to 1920

UP's pioneer articles in int'l journals: 1911 to 1920

The University of the Philippines is a major producer of scientific articles in the country. In the last 18 years alone, UP published over 7000 articles in prestigious journals, all refereed. A survey of Scopus, the biggest database of peer-reviewed literature, reveals that during its initial years, UP was able to publish in what are now some of the world’s longest running international journals. Furthermore, UP’s submissions came from prominent practitioners and researchers in the Philippines. American scholars as authors UP’s first international journal article “Practical Experiences with Beriberi and Unpolished Rice in the Philippines” made an appearance in the Journal […]

IPA Recipients for April 2018

Fig. 1. The unfolded protein response (UPR) activates pathways dedicated to cell survival and cell death. In the presence of aberrations, HSP90 dissociates from PERK that then phosphorylates eIF2α to attenuate protein translation. Likewise, it activates ATF4 that induces the transcription of CHOP – an apoptotic signal, and miR-211 that controls it. miR-211 acts as a molecular switch, which downregulates during persistent stress, allowing CHOP to accumulate and mediate apoptosis. On the other hand, unfolded proteins activate IRE1 that upon autophosphorylation induces splicing of Xbp1, which assists protein folding and degradation.

Rafael Vincent M. Manalo and Paul Mark B. Medina Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology College of Medicine UP Manila The Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress Response in Disease Pathogenesis and Pathophysiology. Egyptian Journal of Medical Human Genetics, 19 (2): 59-68, April 2018. Many disease of epidemiologic significance, such as infectious and non-communicable diseases, are almost always studied separately. However, the tissues affected in all of these diseases — be it neuronal, muscular, epithelial or connective – all have one thing in common: they all have an endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Surprisingly, this organelle is the principal actor in disease, since it acts to […]