Limited Face-to-Face (F2F) classes started in UP Mindanao on 18 April 2022 following the CHED Regional Office's approval of UP Mindanao's request. The faculty and staff, led by Chancellor Lyre Murao, Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Annabelle Novero, and Registrar Karen Cayamanda, welcomed the first group of students at the Monday flag ceremony.
"Today we are celebrating another milestone, and that is to welcome back some students who have been undergoing remote learning [from their homes] for the past two years," said Chancellor Murao (in photo, above). "Remote learning was initiated in response to the pandemic but it's not a perfect system. We need to implement face-to-face activities because there are some learning objectives or learning outcomes that cannot be achieved by remote learning alone. But looking forward, this is also an opportunity for us to maximize the benefits of blended learning [face-to-face and remote learning], because blended learning is here to stay. And blended learning provides a student learning experience that is personal, collaborative, and engaging so that we can develop our students to be leaders of transformation in our society," she said.
The Agipo Student Drum Ensemble sounded the spirit of celebration through drum beats matched to the rhythm of the UP Mindanao cheer.
For the current 2nd Semester of Academic Year 2021-2022, graduating BS Food Technology and MS Food Science students (in photo, above right) under the Department of Food Science and Chemistry will undergo F2F classes and laboratory work. Other graduating students who need to do fieldwork and/or consultation may also request for limited F2F through a process stipulated in the relevant CHED-DOH Joint Memo Circular and the UP VP for Academic Affairs' memo on the gradual re-opening of campuses.