Office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs

The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs is headed by Vice President for Academic Affairs Maria Cynthia Rose B. Bautista. A Professor of Sociology, she is former Dean of UP Diliman’s College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Executive Director of the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies, and Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education.

Bautista served on the advisory or governing boards of institutions such as the Philippine Institute of Development Studies, Philippine Social Science Council, Human Development Network, Asian Scholarship Foundation and the NUS Asian Research Institute. She chaired the UNESCO National Commission’s Social Science and Humanities Committee and the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework Task Force, and sat in the Executive Committee of the ASEAN Quality Assurance Network.

Bautista obtained her BA degree in Sociology from UP Diliman, magna cum laude and later earned her MS and PhD degrees in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her awards include the National Academy of Science and Technology’s Outstanding Young Scientist and Outstanding Publication Awards, the Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service and the National Research Council of the Philippines’ Achievement Award for the Social Sciences.

Vision of the OVPAA

A great University taking a leadership role in the development of a globally competitive Philippines driven by academic excellence and operational excellence; strong research and creative capability, supported by an expanded graduate program and geared to addressing the country’s problems; excellent faculty and staff working in an environment conducive to outstanding performance and high productivity; the best and brightest students from across the country prepared for successful careers and responsive citizenship; strong support from the alumni and other stakeholders; high visibility and effective public service; modernized physical facilities and technological infrastructure for teaching, research and administration; and financial sustainability achieved by resource generation and administrative efficiency, while preserving its public character.


The Vice President for Academic Affairs, as head of the OVPAA, is directly responsible to the University President for providing substantive inputs to System-wide planning, formulation of policies and standards, monitoring and review, and coordination of curricular, instructional, research, library and extension program of the University of the Philippines.

Guiding Principles

Honor, Excellence and Democratic Governance
Accessibility and Responsiveness
Innovativeness and Creativity
One University

For more information on the OVPAA, you may also visit the UP Academic Affairs Office website by clicking here or the picture below.