|University of the Philippines System|
Sistema ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas
|Motto||Honor and Excellence|
|Type||National university, Public university, system|
|President||Alfredo E. Pascual|
|Nickname||UP Fighting Maroons, Isko|
|Campus|| 11 Campuses|
1 Open University
2 Extension Programs
4 Satellite Campuses
|Hymn||UP Naming Mahal|
|Location||Quezon City, Philippines|
|Website||UP System Home Page|
The University of the Philippines (UP) is the national university of the Republic of the Philippines.
University of the Philippines, Baguio
The youngest constituent university in the UP System is UP Baguio (UPB). Formerly a regional unit of UPD, the campus was granted autonomy as a college in 1999 and elevated to university status in December 2002.
With its research arm, the Cordillera Studies Center (CSC), UPB aims to contribute to higher education in Northern Luzon by collaborating with other institutions and expanding its research to preserve the cultural traditions of the Cordilleras, Northern Luzon, and Cagayan Valley.
University of the Philippines, Diliman
UP Diliman is the flagship university as well as the administrative seat of the UP System. UP Diliman is not only the home of diverse colleges, offering 296 graduate and undergraduate courses, it also runs several centers of research, many of which have been declared by the Commission on Higher Education as National Centers of Excellence, among them the Marine Science Institute, National Institute of Geological Sciences, National Institute of Physics, National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, and the National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development.
UP Diliman also has a strong commitment to the arts. Through such units as the UP Vargas Museum, the UP Film Institute, and the Likhaan: UP Institute of Creative Writing, the arts have been provided the space and encouragement they have needed to flourish.
UP Diliman houses the primary school UP Integrated School under UP College of Education. It also have two extension programs--one in Olongapo City, Zambales and the other one is at Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City, Pampanga.
University of the Philippines, Los BanosUP Los Baños, now the agricultural center for Asia, is the recognized leader in agriculture, forestry, and other related fields. Its research activities work towards sustainable productivity and the efficient utilization of natural resources.
Special focus is on rice agriculture, spearheaded by the International Rice Research Institute. UPLB maintains stewardship of the 4,000 hectare Mt. Makiling Forest Reserve, which is a venue for instruction, research, and extension in the fields of forestry, environment, and natural resource management.
UPLB also focuses on the safeguarding of biodiversity in the vicinity as well as preservation of watershed areas for hydro or geothermal development and downstream water consumption.
University of the Philippines, Manila
The UP Manila campus occupies a land area of 14 hectares, occupying approximately two city blocks in the Ermita district of Manila.
UP Manila is the nerve center of studies in medicine and its allied professions. Located here are the UP College of Medicine, UP College of Allied Medical Professions, UP College of Arts and Sciences (Manila), UP College of Dentistry, UP College of Nursing, UP College of Pharmacy, UP College of Public Health, and National Teacher Training Center for the Health Professions. The Extension Services and the Research Development Units of UP Manila enhances its goal of rendering service to the Filipino nation as a center for academic training, research, and development. These research units are the Philippine General Hospital, the National Institutes of Health and the Office of the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod and Continuing Education , the UP’s volunteer outreach service.
University of the Philippines, MindanaoUP Mindanao as an integral part of the University of the Philippines System, the national state university, is dedicated to human resource development and democratization of access to UP education for all sectors particularly the poor, isolated and those inadequately prepared for higher education with all its tradition of excellence, liberalism, total human development, social relevance and leadership will impact on the economic, socio-cultural, political and sustainable development in Mindanao.
It is currently undertaking efforts to address food agriculture concerns and issues in Mindanao.
University of the Philippines in the Visayas
Housing four campuses in Iloilo, Miag-ao, Tacloban, and Cebu, is UP Visayas. Now the country’s acknowledged leader in marine science education and research, fisheries, and aquaculture, the studies conducted by UPV are widely published, awarded, and featured in various local and international fora, workshops, and seminars.
And while it may seem that its focus is mainly on the sciences, its campuses boast of strong regional studies programs on the preservation and enrichment of the Visayan cultural heritage.
University of the Philippines Open UniversityUPOU, the leading institution and pioneer of distance education and open learning in the Philippines, offers under graduate and graduate degree programs in various fields.
Through the internet and learning modules, the UPOU provides quality education to students who are constrained by family and professional commitments from attending conventional colleges and universities since its founding in 1995.
|UP Board of Regents|
|Chairman|| Hon. Emmanuel Y. Angeles|
Chairman, Commission on Higher Education
|Co-Chairman|| Hon. Alfredo E. Pascual|
President, University of the Philippines
|Members|| Hon. Edgardo J. Angara|
Chairman, Senate Committee on Education, Arts, and Culture
| Hon. Juan Edgardo Angara|
Chairman, House Committee on Higher Education
| Hon. Ponciano E. Rivera, Jr.|
Acting President, UP Alumni Association
| Hon. Judy M. Taguiwalo|
| Hon. Cori Co|
|Hon. Abraham F. Sarmiento|
|Hon. Francis C. Chua|
|Hon. Nelia T. Gonzalez|
|University of the Philippines System Officials|
|President||Alfredo E. Pascual, DBA|
|Vice Presidents||Academic Affairs||Prof. Amelia P. Guevara, PhD|
|Planning and Finance||Prof. Ma. Concepcion P. Alfiler, PhD|
|Administration||Prof. Arlene A. Samaniego, MD|
|Development||Prof. Ruperto P. Alonzo, PhD|
|Public Affairs||Prof. Cristina P. Hidalgo, PhD|
|Legal Affairs||Prof. Theodore O. Te, LLB|
|Presidents of the |
University of the Philippines
|1911-1915 Murray S. Bartlett|
|1915-1921 Ignacio B. Villamor|
|1921-1925 Guy Potter Wharton Benton|
|1925-1933 Rafael V. Palma|
|1934-1939 Jorge Bocobo|
|1939-1943 Bienvenido Gonzalez|
|1943-1945 Antonio Sison|
|1945-1951 Bienvenido Gonzalez|
|1951-1956 Vidal A. Tan|
|1956-1958 Enrique Virata|
|1958-1962 Vicente G. Sinco|
|1962-1968 Carlos P. Romulo|
|1969-1975 Salvador P. Lopez|
|1975-1979 Onofre D. Corpuz|
|1979-1981 Emmanuel V. Soriano|
|1981-1987 Edgardo J. Angara|
|1987-1993 Jose V. Abueva|
|1993-1999 Emil Q. Javier|
|1999-2005 Francisco Nemenzo, Jr.|
|2005-2011 Emerlinda R. Roman|
|2011-present Alfredo E. Pascual|
At the onset of 1908, there was a clear goal: to establish an institution for higher learning that would provide advance instruction in literature, philosophy, the sciences, and arts, and to give professional, and technical training.
By that time, there were already a number of schools in the country which were set up during Spanish rule, including the University of Santo Tomas, which was initially called the Colegio de Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario when it was established in 1611.
But the decision to establish the University of the Philippines (UP) was to provide "an adequate, secularized, and free" public school system shortly after the defeat of Spain by American forces in 1898, transferring the Philippines to the rule of the US government.
Upon the instructions of then US President William McKinley, free primary instruction was enforced, training the people for the duties of citizenship and avocation. Chaplains, and non-commissioned officers were assigned to teach using English as the medium of instruction. Later, due to the heavy shortage of teachers, the Philippine Commission authorized 509 teachers from the US to enter the country. They were the Thomasites, named after the ship that carried them across the ocean to the archipelago.
With this backdrop, the First Philippine Legislature approved Act. 1870, which established UP in 1908, then called the University of the Philippine Islands. The university began with the College of Fine Arts, the College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Medicine and Surgery occupying buildings distributed along Padre Faura in the Ermita district, and R. Hidalgo in the Quiapo District in Manila, as well as a School of Agriculture in Los Baños in Laguna.The university, under its first president, American Murray S. Bartlett, initially had 67 students.
Following the outbreak of World War II, and the invasion of the Japanese in 1942, the university had to close some of its colleges, while keeping only the Colleges of Medicine, Engineering and Pharmacy operational.
After the war ended in 1946, UP sought a grant of P13 million from the US-Philippines War Damage Commission. The university used the amount for an intensive rehabilitation and construction effort during the postwar years.
On Feb. 12, 1949, a motorcade made its way from Padre Faura all the way to Diliman, Quezon City. The ceremony marked UP’s transfer from its original site in Manila, to its 493-hectare campus in Diliman, which would have more room for the University’s expansion as it fulfilled its role as educator to the nation.
UP currently has more than 53,000 students and more than 4,100 faculty members in 12 campuses and seven constituent universities nationwide. The university takes pride in its academic excellence, outstanding research, and public service. It currently offers a total of 258 undergraduate, and 438 graduate programs.
The university had educated some of the country’s most popular political and social leaders, medical doctors, creative artists, economists, lawyers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs.
The university has been the Alma Mater of 14 Philippine Presidents, and has been home to 32 of the country’s 57 National Artists, 30 out of the 31 National Scientists, and 49 out of the 107 topnotchers of the Bar examinations.
As a state university, UP receives a partial subsidy from the national government. Hence, UP students, and graduates are popularly referred to as "Iskolar ng Bayan" (Scholars of the Nation).
With its liberal policies that allow students to think what they wish, UP also became noted for students and faculty members who promote various political and social causes, as well as positions on pressing national issues.
Students took part in the "Diliman Commune" and the "First Quarter Storm" of the 1960s and ’70s, two protest activities in the campus which echoed the nation’s anger over unceasing government corruption.
UP students have also been active in challenging the status quo, including, protesting against the perceived American influence on Philippine affairs. This is interesting to note, considering that UP was first conceived as an institution of higher learning that would promote American ideals and world-views.
Centers of Excellence and Development
|Centers of Excellence and Development|
As of November 2007
|Constituent University||NUMBER OF IDENTIFIED CENTERS |
(As of November 2007 )
|Centers of Excellence||Centers of Development|
|UP Los Banos||4||1|
UP in Popular Culture
- Peyups. This is an informal word referring to the University of the Philippines which is a play on the letters U and P. This word play is a common method in the generation of new words in the informal Filipino (Tagalog) register such as noypi from pinoy or bogtsi from tsibog. This may also refer to peyups.com a website hosting articles and other literary and graphic ventures written by alumni and current students of the University of the Philippines.
- U.P. UP is an acronym for University of the Philippines, the national university of the Republic of the Philippines. This may also refer jokingly to University of Pila, and/or Unexplained Poverty.
- University of the Philippines System
- University of the Philippines, Baguio
- University of the Philippines, Diliman
- University of the Philippines, Los Banos
- University of the Philippines, Manila
- University of the Philippines, Mindanao
- University of the Philippines in the Visayas
- University of the Philippines, Open University
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