Who could imagine that something as small as cone snails, popular among shell collectors and tropical-themed jewelry makers for their intricately colored shells, is the key to a substantial medical breakthrough waiting to be unlocked? Perhaps it is fitting that a young Filipino scientist, Iris Bea Ramiro, is next in line to reveal the biomedical […]
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The Premier National University
The University of the Philippines (UP) is the country’s national university. This premier institution of higher learning was established in 1908 and is now a university system composed of eight constituent universities spread throughout 17 campuses all over the archipelago.
Philosophy of Education
and Graduate Attributes
A UP education seeks to produce graduates imbued with an abiding sense of responsibility to their people and nation, the skills and mindsets to improve human life, and a commitment to the freedom and welfare of all.
Aside from mastery of knowledge in their specific disciplines, UP graduates must possess breadth of mind, strength of character, and generosity of spirit, fostered by a firm grounding in both the arts and sciences, and such specialist courses as their programs may require.
Much has changed in UP over the past 100 years. From one campus in Manila, it now has eight constituent universities in 17 campuses all over the country; it has 258 undergraduate programs; and 438 graduate programs with students from almost every region in the country.
On April 29, 2008, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed the new UP Charter or Republic Act 9500. Efforts for the enactment of a new UP Charter go back to the term of UP President Edgardo Angara and were further studied during the term of UP President Jose Abueva. With the new mandate, the university faces the challenges of the 21st century by continuously exercising its distinctive leadership in higher education and development.
From the education of ordinary Filipinos under Americans at the time of UP President Bartlett to its journey onto another century under the stewardship of President Danilo Lardizabal Concepcion, the university has produced at least 37 National Scientists; at least 39 National Artists; 7 out of the 16 Presidents of the Republic; 13 Chief Justices of the Supreme Court; at least 15,000 doctors; 8,000 lawyers; 15,000 engineers; 23,000 teachers and hundreds of thousands of graduates in other academic fields.