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UPCAT postponement

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements

UPCAT UPDATE: The UP Office of Admissions will be postponing the administration of the UPCAT 2019 nationwide. This decision is based on consultation with UP System officials and weather experts on the latest forecasts on Typhoon Ompong and its expected impact on Northern Luzon and the Eastern Seaboard including Western Visayas, and in consideration of the nationwide scope of the exam that entails synchronized travel arrangements among others which pose undue risks to both UPCAT examinees and UPCAT personnel. The Office will announce a new date as soon as possible and provide instructions to all examinees.

UPCAT Test Permits will not be available at the Test Centers on 14 September 2018, for this same reason.

Highlights in July, 2018

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements

MS IN FOOD SCIENCE, the fourth graduate degree program, was opened for applicants in July 2018. Interested applicants were required to confirm their application by 27 July 2018. classes are scheduled to begin in August 2018.  

100% of UP Mindanao BS Architecture graduates passed the June Architect Licensure Exam for the tenth consecutive year, as announced on 5 July 2018 by the Professional Regulation Commission; Arielle Jan Baldonado (BS Architecture 2016 was 5th-placer with a rating of 82.80%. Ar. Baldonado is the eighth board top-notcher of the UP Mindanao Architecture program. Fifteen BS Architecture graduates earned their license, namely Clarisse Norikka Angeles (BSA 2016), Janine Eve Ardepuela (BSA '16), Arielle Jan Baldonado, Christine Joyce Biala (BSA '16), Dahlie Amor De Castro (BSA '16), Alyssa Louise Dumol (BSA '16), Patricia Ynez Durano (BSA '16), Sheba Marie Fantin (BSA '16), Sheena Marie Franco (BSA '16), Tresamar Jamen (BSA '16), Kenneth Layno (BSA '16), Jacobsen Matanguihan (BSA '16), Jotham Norman Molinos (BSA '17), Glenn Pilayre (BSA '16), and Jovianne Angela Valdez (BSA '16).

APPLICATION FOR THE U.P. COLLEGE ADMISSION TEST for School Year 2019-2020 (UPCAT 2019) is on-going for Senior High School students who are graduating in 2019. The deadline for submission of applications is on 10 August 2018. UPCAT 2019 will be held on 15 and 16 September 2018 nationwide.

DEBATE SOCIETY competed in the 3rd Davao Intervarsity which was held in Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) on July 6-8, 2018. Two teams (with 2 debaters in each team) from UP Mindanao competed and were recognized after the four preliminary rounds. UP Mindanao Team #1 composed of Allin Joy Camile (BA Anthropology 2016) and Frederick Omalza (4BS Biology) made it to the pre-semifinals round and were tied as 7th best speaker of the tournament while UP Mindanao Team #2 which was composed of Michael Bacus (BSB 2018) and Andres Karl Segovia (4BA Communication Arts) were recognized as reserve breaks. UP Min adjudicator Aleimar Villabrille (4BS Computer Science) was also part of the reserve breaks for the adjudicator category. Also present during the tournament were alumni Renzo Polinar (BACA 2018) and Karl Tristan Butalid (BAA 2018) as swing team and Candy Latoza (3BSCS) as competing adjudicator.

UNIVERSITY STUDENT COUNCIL 2018-2019 representatives met with Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion on 23 July 2018. The delegation was composed of USC Chairperson Frederick Omalza (BS Biology), Councilor and USC Secretariat Chairperson Aleimar Villabrile (BS Computer Science), Councilor for Student Organizations Princess Villan (BS Food Technology), Councilor for Finance Francis Levi Durano (BS Agribusiness Economics), and Councilor for Student Rights and Welfare Justine Dave Digamo (BSFT).

DATA PRIVACY notices have been posted in the campus and in the website starting 2 July 2018. This is in compliance to Republic Act 10173 that upholds the respect for privacy of personal information and penalties for its disregard. In the statement, UP clarifies the necessity for collecting personal information and the limits that it sets for the use of these information. The designated Data Privacy Office of UP Mindanao is Asst. Prof. Vicente B. Calag, Director of the Information Technology Office.   

Geo-SAFER Mindanao (Geo-informatics for the Systematic Assessment of Flood Effects and Risks for a Resilient Mindanao) held their Program Meeting on 9-10 July 2018 in UP Mindanao. Represented at the Meeting were the DOSt- Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) and the partner Higher Education Institutions (HEI) Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Caraga State University, Central Mindanao University, MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology, and UP Mindanao. The Mindanao-wide program accomplishment was assessed at 94.52%. It was agreed that a catch-up plan will be devised that will be monitored weekly. Assistance to graduate students and the need to determine the availabilty of sensors for year 2 are among the priorities.
   
PROJECT PULL, an acronym for PCAARRD-UP Mindanao-Landcare-LIFE (Livelihood Intervention thru Facilitated Extension), is being implemented by UP Mindanao as proponent in the three conflict-affected communities: Ipil Municipality in Zamboanga Sibugay Province; Datu Abdula Sangki in Maguindanao; and Surallah in South Cotabato. The 16-steps developed in the Landcare LIFE model will be adopted in these sites. Dr. Emma Ruth Bayogan, Dean Larry Digal, and Ms. Anne Shangrila Fuentes are the site project leaders, as reported on 10 July 2018 by University Extension Associate Mr. Michael Gatela.
 
Albert Francis Ramos (Dept. of Human Kinetics) served as coach of NETCENTRALGAMECENTRAL (NCGC) team from Davao City playing "Defense of the Ancients" (DOTA) in the TNC Cup National Grand Finals e-sports competition held on 7-8 July 2018 at High Grounds Cafe in Quezon City. According to Coach Ramos, the NCGC team made it to the Final 8 qualifiers together with 4 teams from Luzon, 3 from the Visayas, with the Davao-based NCGC being the only team from Mindanao.

DAVAO DEL NORTE Provincial Government officials Giovanni I. Gulanes and Kris Mishael P. Junasa visited on 11 July 2018 to discuss the prospect of availing academic offerings from the Dept. of Human Kinetics. The team also met with the Campus Planning and Development Office to share experiences in managing a sports complex.

DAVAO AGUILAS Football Club Chief Operating Officer Mickey Sanchez, Asst. Head Coach Leigh Manson, and Local General Coordinator and alumna Damsel Merced visited on 13 July to view the Football Field of the Davao City-UP Sports Complex. They were received by Dept. of Human Kinetics Chair, Prof. Erwin Protacio, and Campus Planning and Development Chief Dr. Cherrylyn Cabrera. The Davao Aguilas are seeking a venue to play "home" games in the future.

Fitness, Health & Wellness Committee with Prof. Pedro "Pete" Alviola IV, Chairperson, set Wellness Activities for the month of July 2018 for all constituents: Monday, Wednesday, Friday has badminton at Admin Bldg. Atrium; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday has Walking/Jogging from Admin. Bldg. to CSM & vice versa; all events are at 4:30pm.

THE AQUATICS CENTER construction at the Davao City-UP sports Complex began on 4 July through an inter-agency meeting held in UP Mindanao with the winning bidder, Verzontal Builders Inc., represented by its Chief Operating Officer Rolando Amparado. Davao City Assistant City Administrator for Operations Atty. Lawrence Bantiding, UP Mindanao Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, Phil. International Trading Corp. President Dave Almarinos, Phil. Sports Commission Executive Director Atty. Guillermo Iroy and others noted with pleasure the statement by COO Amparado to complete the Aquatics Center by December 2018. The Davao City local government unit has committed that it will host the Davao Region Athletic Association Meet in January 2019.                        

Barangay Mintal officials took their oath of office before Mintal residents and newly-elected Barangay Chairman Rey Amador "Tata" Bargamento on 5 July 2018. Alumna Kendall Abrio (BA Communication Arts 2017) was sworn into office as Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Chairperson. Mintal Councilors who took their oath of office were Edsan Santander, Arman Rios, Dondon Allan Martinez, Zenaida Baluran, Rizalino Sobrepena, Fe Teresa Bargamento de Guzman, and Annabelle Bauzon.  

Training on Basic Cacao Production was given for some 48 farmers of Special Barangay Talle, Laak, Compostela Valley on 18-19 July 2018. The training is part of the Cacao Double-Up Program (CDUP) of the Department of Agriculture Regional Office 11 that aims to increase cacao production in Mindanao and help improve the income of local farmers. The training was organized by the UP Mindanao Land Reservation Management Office (LRMO) as part of its efforts to reach neighboring barangays within the UP Mindanao Land Reservation and was undertaken in collaboration with Kennemer Foods International with Mr. Jandy Onita serving as resource person.

Support for students, 2018

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements

Filipino youths who qualify for education in the University of the Philippines are provided full support to ensure that their admission is fulfilled. Republic Act 9500, also called "The U.P. Charter of 2008" states, "No student shall be denied admission...by reason solely of age, gender, nationality, religious belief, economic status, ethnicity, physical disability, or political opinion, or affiliation."    

In addition, "No qualified student shall be denied access to UP education due to financial incapacity", was the instruction of then-UP President Alfredo Pascual in his executive order to the UP Student Loan Board to grant loans to financially-needy students.  

Even earlier, since 1989 until 2011, UP had the Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program (STFAP) that provided discounts based on household income. In 2012, the STFAP was superseded by the Socialized Tuition System (STS) with a simplified income bracketing. Under STS, lesser-earning households received higher discounts or "full-discount" tuition fees with corresponding stipends. Conversely, students from wealthy households paid the full cost of UP education. Since then, the STS served the UP Mindanao students, most of who qualify for discounts on tuition and other fees.         

In 2017, UP President Danilo Concepcion implemented the tuition-free college education in UP as provided through Republic Act 10931 or "Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act”, also known as the “Free Tuition Fee Law”. This is a milestone in the history of higher education, world-wide. Despite the free tuition law, students who qualify for full-discount under the existing STS can avail of the stipend it provides in addition to the 100% discount on tuition and other fees. Students who fail to qualify under the free tuition law can still avail of tuition discounts under the STS.  

To address the cost of living, other forms of financial assistance are available to students. There is paid work as student assistants in offices or research assistants in projects. There are cash allowances or stipends from scholarship providers. Dept. of Science and Technology-XI has the biggest number of available scholarships with allowances and tuition support, followed by the UP Alumni Associations and Sun-Life Foundation. The Commission on Higher Education has scholarships for students from indigenous peoples’ communities.     

Providers who give allowances-only are the UP Mindanao Foundation, Vicente Bello Scholarship, and Creche Foundation. Scholarship providers who used to provide tuition scholarships are in discussions to convert their tuition subsidies to allowances. In addition, UP has additional subsidies for students doing field work, research, thesis, and graduation-related expenses.

On student welfare, UP has academic tutorials, counseling and guidance, dormitory, health, food, security, and transport support services throughout their stay.

For those who wish to begin their professional lives after completing undergraduate education, employment opportunities as research assistants and associates are available under existing University research projects. UP Mindanao, for its part, has produced 3,072 graduates, many of whom are working in Mindanao where development is taking place.      

UP ensures that the best qualified students are given the fullest support from admission to graduation, in order to contribute to Philippine development to the fullest.

HEIRIT, 2018

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements

TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER and Business Development was boosted in November with the offer of an opportunity to create an Innovation Center on-campus from the HEI Readiness for Innovation and Technopreneurship (HEIRIT) program of DOST-PCIEERD. For this, Chancellor Concepcion signed a Memorandum of Understanding with PCIEERD at the 1st Philippine Technology Business Incubator, a.k.a. TBI Summit, in Cebu City on 24 November 2017 alongside colleagues from the University of the Cordilleras, University of Southeastern Philippines and other higher education and research institutions. The TBI Summit gathering was organized by the Innovation Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technologies (DOST-PCIEERD) to further enhance entrepreneurship and innovation in the Philippines. The UP Mindanao Technology Business Incubator Team was led by Chancellor Concepcion with Asst. Prof.  Ritchie Mae Gamot, Asst. Prof. Miguel Guillermo (both from Dept. of Math., Physics, and Comp. Sci.), and TTBDO Chief Lynda Buenaobra. Prof. Guillermo and TTBDO OIC Lynda Buenaobra will undergo training to craft the proposal for the Innovation Center.

In preparation for this, OIC Buenaobra attended the training on Strategic Intellectual Property Management for Effective R&I in Asian Higher Education (SPIRE) on 26-29 November at Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS), Indonesia. SPIRE is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

At the PANAGTAGBO UP-Mindanao Alumni Association homecoming in December 2017, Chancellor Concepcion invited the alumni to participate in the upcoming Innovation Center by creating a holding company for the products of knowledge to be nurtured towards commercial success.  

Also, University Researcher Melvin Pasaporte (BSFT 2009, MM 2013) was accepted to the Leadership in Innovation Fellowships (LIF4) of the Newton Agham UK development assistance for the Philippines. Mr. Pasaporte was chosen on the basis of his intellectual property, “Direct Lactic Acid Fermentation from Sago Starch..” that is undergoing patent processing at the IPO-PHIL.

THE ROYAL ACADEMY of Engineering (London) hosted the LIF4 residency program on 18-27 January 2018. Mr. Pasaporte completed the residency which included coaching on developing a business model, creating the executive summary, and the “pitch” presentation, in addition to training on entrepreneurship, presentations, intellectual property, finance, and planning. Previous to departure to the UK residency, a Reception Night was hosted by British Ambassador Daniel Pruce for the Newton Fund awardees and Philippine science & innovation proponents on 11 January 2018 in the British Embassy Manila.

UP in THE Asia’s Top 200

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Riding on its research being cited by the world’s scholars, the University of the Philippines made a big jump in the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings or the THE ranking of the top 359 universities of the region. The Philippine national university leaped from the 201st-250th ranked group in 2017 to the top 200, placing 156th, in 2018.THE released the results of its 2018 Asia rankings on February 7, 2018.UP is the only Philippine university to figure in the THE rankings, which is currently led by the National University of Singapore.At the same time, in the THE World University Rankings or the THE ranking of the top 1,000 universities in the world, UP moved in overall ranking from the 801st-1,000th ranked universities up to the 601st-800th ranked universities. In the areas of clinical, pre-clinical and health, UP ranks higher, falling under the 201-250 ranked group.UP is one of the top 3 Asian universities that moved the most in terms of citations of UP’s published research works by scholars from different parts of the world according to UP Vice President for Academic Affairs Cynthia Rose Bautista. According to THE data, UP’s citations score rose from 13.5 in 2017 to 40 in 2018.The citations score is a measure of the research influence of the university. THE tries to capture the average number of times a university’s published work is cited by scholars globally, using bibliometric data from Elsevier over five years.The citations score comprises 30 percent of the overall score, alongside teaching (25 percent), research (30 percent), international outlook (7.5 percent), and industry income (7.5 percent). From 2017, UP’s teaching score rose slightly from 23 to 23.4; and research, from 10.6 to 11.5.; although its international outlook and industry income scores fell several points.Bautista cited information personally shared by representatives of Elsevier to the university a week ago, revealing that papers from UP are cited 14 percent more frequently than the world average. In medicine, they are cited 336 percent more frequently, according to the same source.“We have not gone to details in terms of areas where we have more influence,” Bautista said. “For now we believe Elsevier when it says our citations are global as opposed to being confined to particular regions only.”The most recent THE Asia University Rankings are published at https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2018/regional-ranking. (Jo. Lontoc, MPRO)

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