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SCUAA, 2018

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Instructor Albert Ramos (Dept. of Human Kinetics) sent the following update from the National SCUAA (State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association) Meet in Antique, the Visayas, on 20-23 February 2018.

In Day 1 of 3, the Davao Swim Team won the following medals earned by our UP-Mindanao athletes:

One (1) Gold Medal, won by Juan Antonio A. Mendoza (BS Agribusiness Economics), in the 200m freestyle event
One (1) Silver, won by Juan Mendoza, in the 50m freestyle event
One (1) Bronze, won by Bhazel Acac (BS Food Tech), in the 400m Individual Medley event

In Day 2 of 3...

One (1) Bronze, won by Bhazel Acac, 100m fly
One (1) Gold, won by Juan Mendoza, in the 100m freestyle

Partial swim medal tally as of 2nd day: Two (2) Gold, One (1) silver, Two (2) bronze medals

Meanwhile, the UP Mindanao Women's Football Varsity Team/Region 11, on February 20, reported that in Game 2, CAR won over Region 11, 5-0, but is still seated on top 2 of the bracket. The Team will proceed to the Quarter Finals against NSCUAA defending champion Region 3 on 21 February.

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)

UPAA-America funds student projects, 2018

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UP Alumni Association of America (UPAAA) gave its seal of approval to civic-oriented project proposals from six UP-Mindanao student organizations and granted a total of US$1,600 to be distributed among the student orgs for their implementation. This was done thru the signing of a memorandum of agreement on 17 January between the student orgs and UPAAA secretary Jovenia "Joy" Celo, representing UPAAA President Nelsie Parrado.

Dugong Antro organization of BA Anthropology students will use their funds to purchase food, farming tools, and school supplies for their "Pahinungod: A Community Integration and Literacy Workshop in a Lumad Community College". Phil. Association of Food Technologists-Lambda Chapter (PAFT-Lambda) will use theirs for "Panagtigiay: 8th Region-wide Inter-High School Quiz Bowl and 2nd Poster-making Competition". UP Mindanao Mountaineering Society has three projects, "Project Binhi", "Environmental Discussion Summit", and "Project Solidarity Bracelets". Association of Pre-Medical Students will hold their "Medical Mission and Solidarity-Building". A consortium of the organizations Navigators, PSALM, Youth for Christ, Students of Destiny, Youth to the Nations, and SEED will hold the fellowship "F.U.S.E. UP (For the Unity and Solidarity of Every Student in UP)". SPARCS (Society of Programmers and Refined Computer Scientists) will hold "Lit it SPARCS: Literacy on Information Technology" for youths in barangays.

UPAAA, also called "UP Triple-A", is the umbrella organization of UP alumni associations in the United States and Canada. This is the UPAAA's second year of support to projects by UP-Mindanao students. The linkage between UPAAA and the students was arranged by UP Alumni Association Davao and the UP Mindanao Office of Extension and Community Service.

Signatories to the agreements were Kate Opimo (BA Anthropology) for Dugong Antro, Jozille Leyble (BS Biology) for F.U.S.E. UP, Yrneh Ladera (BS Bio) for Association of Pre-Med, Alnyssa Cornell (BS Food Technology) for PAFT, Lorraine Barabat (BS Computer Sci.) for SPARCS, and Garelle Bacaron (BA Anthro) for Mountaineers. Witnessing the signing were OECS Director Michael Gatela, Student Affairs Director Teody Perez, UPAAA rep Ed Celo, and UP-Min alumnus Reuben Cabrera. (See the photo here) (See the video footage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

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