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UP CIFAL Philippines champions sustainable development goals

UP CIFAL Philippines champions sustainable development goals

For CIFAL Philippines, knowledge must radiate towards those who most need it. Established in March 2016 by the University of the Philippines and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), CIFAL Philippines serves as a hub for training, advocacy and research on the interwoven themes of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, migration and gender equality. CIFAL stands for Centre International de Formation des Acteurs Locaux or the International Training Center for Local Actors, which is implemented by UNITAR under its Local Development Programme. Today, the global CIFAL network has nine centers in Africa, North and South America, Europe […]

IPA Recipients for July 2018

IPA Recipients for July 2018

Rosario R. Rubite Department of Biology College of Arts and Sciences UP Manila Three New Species of Begonia (section Baryandra, begoniaceae) from Luzon Island, the Philippines. Phytotaxa, 347 (3): 201-212, 17 April 2018. Luzon is the largest island of the Philippines, and because of its isolation from other landmasses it has developed a unique diversity of flora and fauna. Included in this rich biodiversity of flora are members of genus Begonia of the family Begoniaceae. In a joint expedition to the island, botanists from Taiwan and the Philippines found three unknown Begonia species and compared them with potentially allied species. The […]

Course modules for revised GE program of UP finalized at system-wide conference

Course modules for revised GE program of UP finalized at system-wide conference

The revised UP General Education (GE) program will be rolled out in the first semester of academic year 2018-2019. In preparation for this, around 350 faculty members and administrators from UP’s eight constituent universities (CUs) met for the UP System GE Teaching Conference to discuss the teaching of the 11 GE courses common across the UP system and approved by the Board of Regents in December 2017. They likewise exchanged ideas on how to evaluate the revised GE program and address other implementation concerns. Present during the conference held from 11 to 13 July in UP Diliman were the vice chancellors […]

UP geologist wins medal for pioneering work on geodynamics of the Philippines

UP geologist wins medal for pioneering work on geodynamics of the Philippines

Dr. Carla B. Dimalanta, professor at the National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS) in UP Diliman and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Research), is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Research and Development Award for Basic Research (Eduardo A. Quisumbing Medal). Dimalanta won for the project “The Second Phase of the Philippines-Taiwan Integrated Geodynamics Project” which she implemented with Dr. Decibel Faustino-Eslava, Dr. Betchaida Payot and Dr. Noelynna Ramos from 2011 to 2015 and was funded by the Department of Science and Technology.  The project generated the most recent data on the geologic evolution of the Visayan Region.  Given annually […]

UP researcher who heads lab for sustainable energy supply dev’t is one of new ASEAN S&T fellows

UP researcher who heads lab for sustainable energy supply dev't is one of new ASEAN S&T fellows

Dr. Joey D. Ocon, assistant professor at the UP Diliman College of Engineering and a University Scientist II, is one of the 17 ASEAN Science and Technology (S&T) Fellows for 2018-2019. The early- and mid-career scientists from ASEAN member states were selected for the fellowship based on their track record and potential to promote science-based policy-making in the region. The ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology and experts from ASEAN member states, ASEAN Secretariat Science and Technology Division, US Agency for International Development and US Mission to ASEAN constituted the selection committee. Fellows will be embedded in national-level ministries or […]

DOST-JSPS Joint Research Program for 2019 is now open for proposals

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Research Program (JSPS) for 2019 is now open for proposals. In this bilateral activity, a Filipino scientist/researcher is given the opportunity to conduct a research project with funding from DOST and build/strengthen collaborative work with Japanese researchers and institutions. The Call for Proposals will close on 5 September 2018. Launched in 20014, the bilateral exchange program aims to provide opportunities for young researchers of Japan and the Philippines to meet, interact and exchange ideas to build a robust science and technology community in the region. […]

AINS 2018 Call for Papers

The 2018 IEEE Conference on Applications, Information and Network Security (AINS 2018) will be held in Langkawi, Malaysia on 20–22 November 2018. The conference provides an excellent opportunity to share and exchange advancement in research, technologies and applications in the area of computer and network security for professionals, engineers, academics and industrial people worldwide. AINS 2018 is sponsored by IEEE Computer Society Malaysia. Paper Format – All manuscripts must be in English. – Papers submitted for review MUST NOT contain any author information (no authors, affiliation or address, and no explicit self-reference) due to the double-blind review process. – All submitted […]

Using interdisciplinary tools to study an age-old weaving tradition in the Philippines

Using interdisciplinary tools to study an age-old weaving tradition in the Philippines

In the Cordillera region, there is a rich tradition of weaving that goes back several centuries. Each of the different indigenous communities in the region possesses a unique weaving technique, with the resulting forms and patterns dictated by distinct religious, socio-political and artistic origins, functions and values. But with the absence of a new generation of weavers willing to learn the art, the Cordillera weaving tradition is dying. This is the reason that the interdisciplinary Cordillera Textiles Project (CordiTex) of UP set out to vigorously document and research on these unique textiles. The project, led by Dr. Analyn Salvador-Amores of […]

IPA Recipients for June 2018

IPA Recipients for June 2018

Armida V. Gillado and Marvin U.Herrera Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics College of Arts and Sciences UP Los Baños Copper Sulfate-Embedded and Copper Oxide-Embedded Filter Paper and their Antimicrobial Properties. Materials Chemistry and Physics, 207: 147-153, 1 March 2018. Copper sulfate and Copper oxide particles were deposited on filter paper to create an antimicrobial surface. Copper sulfate was successfully embedded in filter paper through simple soaking, whereas the copper oxide-embedded filter paper was successfully produced using in situ technique using the copper sulfate-embedded paper as a starting material. The antimicrobial property of the embedded filter papers were tested using Disc […]

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 […]