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UP is Asia’s 69th best, 52nd in academic reputation—QS

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By Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc, UP Media and Public Relations Office

The University of the Philippines placed 69th among the top 634 higher educational institutions (HEIs) of Asia in the latest rankings released by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

The QS Asia University Rankings 2021 [], where UP placed three ranks higher than in the previous years edition and emerged among the top 11 percent of Asian HEIs, was released today, November 25, 2020.

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Rank 69th is the highest UP has placed in the annual rankings since its 2016 edition, within which period UP placed between 75th and 70th. Its position in the top percentile steadily rose from the top 17.6 percent in the 2018 edition, to the top 14.3 percent in the 2019, the top 12.9 percent in the 2020, and the top 10.3 percent in the last.

Similar to its World University Rankings, QS Asia University Rankings zeroed in on published” institutions or those with at least 100 papers published within a five-year period, cited within six years from publication, all in Elsevier-based and Scopus-indexed publications.

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In the 2021 edition, UP published 4,885 papers for the period 2014-2018. Publications from UP were cited 22,921 times during the period 2014-2019.

QS measured these published institutions in terms of other key indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty to student ratio, and international research network. The rankings also looked at the number of staff with PhDs, papers per faculty, international faculty and students, and inbound and outbound exchange students.

Academic reputation was arrived at from 102,500 responses to a global survey of academics; employer reputation, from 52,000 responses to a similar survey of employers; and, international research network, from Scopus and Margalef indices of research collaborations.

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For these indicators, UP had outstanding Asian rankings. It was ranked 52nd in academic reputation; 53rd in employer reputation; and, 62nd in international research network. It ranked 116th in faculty to student ratio, and 301st and lower in the rest.

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UP performed way above the average in the country and in the region. UPs overall score in the rankings¾51.23 out of 100¾was 113.2 percent above the regional average and 254.9 percent above the Philippine average.


In the QS World University Rankings 2021, released in June 2020, UP achieved a ranking of 396th among the top 1,000 universities picked out from 5,500 institutions. Three other Philippine institutions were in the top 1,000: Ateneo de Manila University, which placed in the 601st-650th bracket; and De La Salle University and University of Santo Tomas, both in the 801st-1,000th bracket.

The method [for the Asia University Rankings] retains key indicators of the global ranking. . . , but also considers a set of performance metrics carefully tailored for the region,” according to the QS Asia University Rankings 2021 fact file sent to the University.

According to its website [], QS, with the main office in London, is a provider of services, analytics, and insight to the global higher education sector.” Its World University Rankings portfolio, inaugurated in 2004, is a popular source of comparative data on university performance.

Art Donation Project by Prof. Perez

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Associate Professor Teody Boylie "Bong" Perez of the Department of Humanities is expediting his Art Donation Project, "Indigent Lives: A Permanent Display of Art Prints," with his recent turnover of framed art prints to serve as permanent exhibits in organizations with wide public access in Davao City. 


Associate Professor Teody Boylie "Bong" Perez turned over art prints for display to UP Mindanao and the University Library on 24 November 2020. This is part of his "Indigent Lives: A Permanent Display of Art Prints" Art Donation Project supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). Chancellor Larry Digal and Librarian Merlyn Castañeros received the donations. Vice-Chancellor Karen Cayamanda and Ms. Carol Balgos signed as witnesses to the deed of donation.

In recent weeks, Prof. Perez turned over donations of art prints for display to Malayan Colleges Mindanao, the DOST-Region XI, the Philippine Science High School-Southern Mindanao Campus, the Davao City Special School, and the new Davao City Library.

An art print is a high-quality reproduction of an original artwork intended for display in public spaces.

Prof. Perez’s lifelike paintings depicting indigents' conditions have been widely acclaimed, for which Davao City awarded him its highest recognition as a Datu Bago awardee in 2016.


The 2020 NCCA Competitive Grants Program approved its support for the project, which, in their evaluation, "contributes significantly to the Filipino’s cultural legacy." Prof. Perez's project also aligns with the NCCA vision of "A Filipino people with a strong sense of nationhood and deep respect for cultural diversity" and "promoting Philippine culture and values towards Bayanihan."

"Zero Rabies in Davao City" Webinar

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"Zero Rabies in Davao City: A Dream or a Reality?" a webinar on the rabies landscape of Davao City was held online on 17 November 2020. The "Synoptic Study on Transmission and Optimum Control to Present Rabies," or STOP Rabies program, for short, presented its three studies and arrived at five policy recommendations:
Recommendations for Zero Rabies in Davao City:
(1) mandatory dog registration; (2) mandatory pet vaccination; (3) have a transitory impounding center and return-to-owner system for impounded pet dogs; (4) operationalize a pet breeder registry; and (5) provision of direct-specific Animal Bite Treatment Center establishments.
Davao City councilor Mary Joselle Villafuerte welcomed the recommendations and pledged to incorporate these into the ongoing city health proposal draft.
(View the forum video here:
The webinar panelists were Prof. Lyre Anne Murao, Prof. May Anne Mata, and Dr. Genevieve Tupas, project leaders of the STOP Rabies program, Prof. Pedro Alviola IV of UP School of Management, Dr. Esther Cherrie Rayos, Dr. Ma. Corazon Sepulveda, Dr. Gloria Marquez, and Dr. Gay Paliar of the Davao City Veterinarian's Office, Dr. Annaliza Malubay of Davao City Health Office, Dr. Maria Nerissa Dominguez and Mr. Thomas Hiatt of WHO-PH, Pauline Baladjay of DOH, Dr. Sarah Jayme of Global Alliance for Rabies Control, Dr. Daphne Jorca of Bureau of Animal Industry, and Floyd Bascones of Davao Dog Lover's Community
STOP Rabies program in partnership with The PAWSitivity Project Philippines invites the public to a free webinar, "ZERO RABIES IN DAVAO CITY: A DREAM OR REALITY?" on 17 November 2020, 9:00 AM to 12:00 NOON.  
Participants can learn about the rabies landscape of Davao City based on the research results of the program, experience the 1st Virtual Pet Blessing, have fun with the online games and prizes, and meet new people and pet lovers through this webinar. Register here:

Researchers present in HEED The 3Rs National Conference

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UP Mindanao researchers successfully presented papers on 19 November 2020 in the session "Livelihood and Health in the Fisheries Sector and Organizational Resilience During the Pandemic," as part of the 1st National Conference on “Health, Environment, and Economic Development: The Road to Recovery and Resiliency (HEED The 3Rs)” held online on 19-20 November 2020.
Asst. Prof. Jon Marx Sarmiento presented “Fish Catch Monitoring in Ayungon and La Libertad, Negros Oriental: Implications to Small Fishers’ Livelihood,” co-authored with Adonis M. Traje, Glory Dee Romo, and Iaza Kaye Y. Villa.  
Research Assistant Charisse Miguel discussed “Shifting Patterns of Fishing Gears, Monsoons and its Impact in the Overall CPUE: The Case of Davao Gulf, Southern Philippines,” which is co-authored by Leo Manuel B. Estaña, Francesca A. Acosta, Pedro A. Alviola IV, and J. P. Sarmiento.
Research Assistant Daena Francesca Acosta spoke on “Optimized Nutritional Intakes of Fisher’s Children: The Case of Mabini, Davao de Oro, Southern Philippines,” by P. A. Alviola IV, J. P. Sarmiento, Sherelyn A. Evangelio, Giovanna Faye R. Oguis, Cleto L. Nañola Jr., and L. B. Estaña, as co-authors.
Asst. Prof. Glory Dee Romo presented “Organizational Resilience during COVID-19 Pandemic: Insights from Philippine Enterprises,” co-authored with J. P. Sarmiento, A.M. Traje, Thaddeus R. Acuña, Imee Marie A. Acopiado, and Geraliza Wahing.
Asst. Prof. Roxanne Aguinaldo served as Session Chair, and Extension Associate Dashielle Sollano was the Rapporteur. Prof. Emma Ruth Bayogan was the Lead Person of UP Mindanao for the conference.
The plenary sessions featured economist Cielito Habito, Congresswoman Stella Quimbo, CHED Chairman Prospero de Vera, and Vice-President Maria Leonor Robredo. The conference was co-organized by the Economic and Environment Group Philippines, Resource and Environmental Economics Foundation of the Philippines Incorporated (REAP), and SEARCA. Some 500 persons attended the conference.
The University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao will host a breakout or parallel session and researchers will present papers in the 1st National Conference on “Health, Environment, and Economic Development: The Road to Recovery and Resiliency (HEED The 3Rs),” organized by the Economy and Environment Group Philippines (EEGP), the Resource and Environmental Economics Foundation of the Philippines Incorporated (REAP), and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), to be held online on 19-20 November 2020.
UP Mindanao's session on the theme, "Livelihood and Health in the Fisheries Sector and Organizational Resilience During the Pandemic," is on Thursday, 19 November 2020, at 3:10-4:10 PM.
Interested participants may register at:

Plant Breeding for Food Security (1&2)

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UP Mindanao and SOM are inviting interested persons to attend the FREE online webinar on “Nature with Nurture: Plant Breeding for Food Security in the Midst of the Pandemic and Beyond” on 16 November 2020, Monday, 10:00 AM-12:00 NN (PST). The resource speaker is Professor Emeritus Eufemio T. Rasco Jr., University of the Philippines Mindanao’s first Professor Emeritus.

To register, click the link

For more information, email .


The video of the lecture may be viewed here:


 Recent knowledge poses thought-provoking questions about the nature of organisms and how they respond to a changing environment. A developing concept views the organism as a community rather than an individual. Indeed, a human being, for example, is really a collection of human cells and closely associated microorganisms. Various estimates show that the microorganisms outnumber human cells in a typical human body by a factor of 10 to 1! Without the associated microorganism, the human being will not survive. The same is true with plants. It is now known that many of what we consider “traits” to breed for are actually products of interactions between the plant and its associated microbiota. Thus, a new plant breeding approach might involve breeding for the associated microbiota rather than the plant directly or breeding for the combination of the plant and its associated microbiota. This new approach offers profound advantages in the face of a dynamic biological, physical, and socio-economic environment of cultivated plants. After all, it is much easier to breed microorganisms with life cycles measuring hours rather than plants with life cycles measuring months or decades.

Holobiont breeding -- as the strategy for breeding combinations of plants and microorganisms is referred to in literature -- is just one of a menu of approaches to achieve food security in the midst of environmental challenges such as the pandemic, and the much bigger one, climate change. The other strategies include diversification, intensification, and integration at the farm level, all of which suggest that traditional strategies of plant breeding focused on a few species and focused on the plant need to be re-examined.

This lecture will cover the above ideas in broad strokes and point out implications on policy, biological and plant breeding research, and education.


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