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UPCAT application, 2017

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THE UP COLLEGE ADMISSION TEST 2018 (UPCAT 2018) is now open for application. The deadline for filing of applications is on September 1, 2017 (for applicants outside Metro Manila). UPCAT 2018 will be administered nationwide on 21-22 October 2017.

Qualified to apply for UPCAT 2018 are: Grade 12 senior high school students expecting to graduate before August 2018; high school graduates from 2017 or earlier; PEPT Certified Eligible for admission to college; and must not have taken the UPCAT and any college courses before SY2018-2019.

Applicants are advised to read the detailed instructions and download the forms at the web site (below)- https://upcatonline.up.edu.ph/.

Collection of student fees deferred, 2017

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UP Mindanao deferred until August 25 its collection of student fees. The deferred payment schedule is in line with the memo issued by UP President Danilo L. Concepcion last July 31 on the guidelines for the assessment and collection of tuition and other fees for the 1st Semester of 2017-2018. The memo called for the use of the Scholarships and Financial Assistance (SFA) Online Application, which includes the Free Tuition 2017, Socialized Tuition System (STS), and Tulong-Dunong Program for 2017-2018 in the “assessment of tuition and other fees, and in providing financial support to students from low-income households.”

Pres. Danilo Concepcion’s July 31 memo superseded the memorandum issued last July 28 by UP Mindanao Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion. Chancellor Concepcion’s memo for the deferment of “assessment and collection of student fees…until instruction from UP System is received” was made in preparation for the August 1-2 registration period.

Around 634 of the expected 700 incoming students for the 1st Semester of 2017-2018 applied to the SFA Online application. Of this number, 373 students applied for both free tuition subsidy, STS and Tulong-Dunong. About 261 students applied for STS only.

Results of the application will be released before 25 August 2017, the deadline for the collection of assessed fees.

The UP System plans to open the SFA Online Website for those who were not able to apply.

Coach trains in social inclusion, 2017

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U.P. Mindanao Dept. of Human Kinetics Instructor and Swim Team Coach Albert Francis Ramos participated in the Inclusion Through Sports (ITS) training program held on 4-11 July 2017 in Nairobi, Republic of Kenya. The ITS program is for sports coaches and youth workers and organized by the Italian non-government organization Mine Vaganti and organizations in eleven other countries.
 
This program uses sport designed as non-formal education to impart skills and competencies and enhance social inclusion of young people. A number of simple games--called "methodologies"--have been devised by the trainers to foster cooperation and participation while honing athletic skills.

Mr. Ramos contributed to the creation of the methodology "Tic-Tac-Shuttle"--similar to the game of tic-tac-toe but played in an open space--that develops quick movement and teamwork.         

Another methodology he contributed to is "Pac-man", wherein players move along lines on the ground--similar to the "Pac-man" computer game--to change direction with every encounter, which promotes strategic thinking and fun.

The ITS program and its methodologies have been adopted in the countries of Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Kenya, Cameroon, Senegal, Guatemala, Peru, Argentina, China/Hong Kong, India, and the Philippines.

Mr. Ramos' participation in the 2017 training is a continuation of his involvement since the July 2016 training in Senegal. He will join the delegation in the presentation of the ITS to co-funders, the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, in Sofia, Bulgaria on September 28-30.

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