The exhibit is POSTPONED, until further notice > Asst. Prof. Teody "Bong" Perez will hold his 15th Solo Exhibit at Museo Dabawenyo throughout the 81st Araw ng Dabaw month of March 2018. Titled, "Lives Stories of Mindanaon culture", the exhibit will be at the second floor main gallery of Museo Dabawenyo, located in Pichon (Magallanes) St., Davao City. The exhibit will feature illustrations from the book "Mandaya and Mansaka Indigenous Games" and other paintings and prints. New paintings by the artist will be unveiled. This is a product of Prof. Perez' Creative Work Load as faculty of the University of the Philippines Mindanao Dept. of Humanities and in line with the University of the Philippines' strategic initiatives for public service and policy studies. Ribbon-cutting and opening of the exhibit is on 12 March, Monday, at 4PM. The public is invited, admission is free of charge.
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.
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)
THE 15th DEVELOPMENT POLICY MONTH will be celebrated in September 2017. The theme, "Pagpapatibay ng Desentralisasyon Tungo sa Kaunlarang Panrehiyon" / "Strengthening Decentralization for Regional Development". This theme is chosen in view of the ongoing discourse on Federalism, and to highlight the need for in-depth reflection and analyses to encompass the bigger umbrella of decentralization reforms. The month-long celebration hopes to emphasize to our policymakers the importance of critical thinking and the formulation of appropriate policy interventions to advance development in the regions. (See the poster here)