Three years after its ground breaking ceremony, the new UP School of Statistics building was inaugurated on February 7 in Diliman .
“The permanent home of the UP School of Statistics has classrooms, computing laboratories, a seminar room, a student organizations room and center, also a wellness center. By the third quarter of this year, the auditorium which can house up to 400 persons will be installed, as well as simulation rooms,” said UP School of Statistics Dean Claire Dennis S. Mapa.
Mapa added, “It is about time that the new building is in place with the School’s 25% increase in enrollment in the last five years. This development also goes along with the new endeavor of the School in extending its mentoring, research and public service at the UP Bonifacio Global City unit, as well as accommodating foreign students and faculty as part of the ASEAN program, especially with the current active exchange with neighboring countries such as Myanmar and Vietnam.”
“I am looking forward to this new beginning for the School of Statistics as it becomes more visible today. It now enters into a new era of big data processing as we can now envision data processing, information and technology courses to be offered by the School,” UP Diliman Chancellor Michael L. Tan said in a message.
UP President Alfredo E. Pascual encouraged the School to become “fully engaged with multi-disciplinary collaboration as data processing is needed in all fields, and that the UP School of Statistics will be able to uphold its mandate in academic, research and public service.”
The UP System and Diliman, as well as Dean Mapa and faculty members of the School of Statistics opened the inauguration program with the unveiling of the School’s marker.
On the marker is written: “Under the bilateral agreement between the Philippines and the United Nations, the Statistical Training Center was established in 1953, and ten years later the Center was formally turned over to the University of the Philippines to become a degree-granting unit. It was renamed School of Statistics in 1998 to reflect its nature as independent college under UP Diliman. As the School continues to grow as the country’s leading educational and research institution in statistical science, the new UP School of Statistics Building is a testament to the university’s commitment for advancement of Statistics in the country and in South-East Asian Region. This building was designed and constructed during the term of President Alfredo E. Pascual, and Chancellors Caesar A. Saloma and Michael L. Tan. Inaugurated on the 7th day of February, 2017”.
According to the UP School of Statistics website: “In 1998, the Statistical Center changed its name to School of Statistics in order to reflect its expanded character of a degree-granting institution. Since 2006, the School is recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as the country’s Center of Excellence in Statistics. At present, the School of Statistics offers one undergraduate program and three graduate programs. These are the B.S. (Statistics) program, the Master of Science (MOS) program, the M.S. (Statistics) program and the Ph.D. (Statistics) program. Through these programs, the School of Statistics has produced numerous distinguished and respected statisticians in various professions and is widely recognized as the primary source of statistical expertise for the Philippine Statistical System and Industry.” (Stephanie S. Cabigao, UP MPRO)
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