Three UP campuses to offer innovative program in marine ecosystems management

A ceremonial handshake of partners officially signaled the launch of UP’s newest ground-breaking program last January 9, 2015.

The one-and-a-half year Professional Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management (PM-TMEM) will be offered jointly by UP Diliman, UP Los Baños and UP Visayas.  The brainchild of the UP Marine Science Institute, it uses a multidisciplinary, integrated systems approach to marine protected areas, and features field exposure and engagement with partners and practitioners.

Present during the ceremony were UP President Alfredo Pascual, UP Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela Concepcion, UP Visayas Chancellor Rommel Espinosa, UP Los Baños Chancellor Fernando Sanchez, and UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan. They were joined by partner institution US Agency for International Development (USAID) represented by Deputy Mission Director Reed Aeschliman; Environment, Energy, and Climate Change (EECC) Director Jeremy Gustafson; EECC Development Specialist Rebecca Guieb and EECC Development Specialist Randy Vinluan.

Government stakeholders, local and international NGOs, private agencies, and program developers and participants attended the launch held at the Oblation Room of the Microtel, UP-Ayala Technohub.

PM-TMEM, which opens early this year, aims to build the capabilities of on-the-job environmental managers.

For more information on the course, visit the Marine Science Institute website.