UPOU marks 23rd year

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“We are also here to guide the development of our students into becoming better human beings—using the best of their abilities with integrity, humility, conscientiousness, and compassion. In the end, these qualities will define how we have contributed to the development of our country, our people, and humanity—how we have made good on our commitment to serve.”—UP President Danilo Concepcion, in his anniversary message to UPOU (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
“We are also here to guide the development of our students into becoming better human beings—using the best of their abilities with integrity, humility, conscientiousness, and compassion. In the end, these qualities will define how we have contributed to the development of our country, our people, and humanity—how we have made good on our commitment to serve.”—UP President Danilo Concepcion, in his anniversary message to UPOU (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

“Distance learning is the future of education.” This was the declaration of UP President Danilo L. Concepcion at UP Open University’s (UPOU) 23rd anniversary program at its headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna on February 26.

He also emphasized the importance of not only developing UP students through academic rigor but also of guiding them into becoming “better human beings—using the best of their abilities with integrity, humility, conscientiousness, and compassion.” These attributes, he said, will define how the University has contributed to the development of the Filipino people.

In her message, UPOU Chancellor Melinda Bandalaria expressed confidence in how UPOU continues to adapt and even revolutionize its distinct form of education. “We can take on the challenges as we move forward,” she said.

 

Authors of chapters in Assessment Praxis in Open and Distance eLearning: Thoughts and Practices in UPOU, which was launched during UPOU’s anniversary program (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
Authors of chapters in Assessment Praxis in Open and Distance eLearning: Thoughts and Practices in UPOU, which was launched during UPOU’s anniversary program (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

The celebration featured the launch of three initiatives: the Universal and Inclusive Accessibility Program;the UPOU Internal Communication System; and, the UPOU Networks Mobile Application. The first program will encompass “all aspects of academic and administrative functions and services” of UPOU. It will be guided by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s Guidelines on the Inclusion of Learners with Disabilities in Open and Distance Learning. The second is the improvement of UPOU’s internal communication system that consists of integrated online solutions. The third program aims to enhance the accessibility of UPOU Networks—the online repository of learning materials it has produced in various media.

Assessment Praxis in Open and Distance eLearning: Thoughts and Practices in UPOU was also launched at the program. It is an open resource book which can be accessed online via the UPOU Networks website.

 

The Gawad Chancellor awardees with University officials: from left, UP Executive Vice President Teodoro Herbosa, UPOU Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Jean Saludadez, Gawad Chancellor for Outstanding Administrative Personnel (Second Level) awardee Pura Amoloza, Gawad Chancellor for Outstanding Administrative Personnel (First Level) awardee Gloria Boncodin, UP President Danilo Concepcion, UPOU Chancellor Melinda Bandalaria, Gawad Chancellor for Outstanding Research, Extension and Professional Staff (REPS) awardee Larry Cruz, Gawad Chancellor for Outstanding Faculty awardee Dr. Joane Serrano, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Melinda Lumanta, and UP Faculty Regent Patricia Arinto (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
The Gawad Chancellor awardees with University officials: from left, UP Executive Vice President Teodoro Herbosa, UPOU Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Jean Saludadez, Gawad Chancellor for Outstanding Administrative Personnel (Second Level) awardee Pura Amoloza, Gawad Chancellor for Outstanding Administrative Personnel (First Level) awardee Gloria Boncodin, UP President Danilo Concepcion, UPOU Chancellor Melinda Bandalaria, Gawad Chancellor for Outstanding Research, Extension and Professional Staff (REPS) awardee Larry Cruz, Gawad Chancellor for Outstanding Faculty awardee Dr. Joane Serrano, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Melinda Lumanta, and UP Faculty Regent Patricia Arinto (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

Another highlight of the anniversary celebration was the awarding of the Gawad Chancellor—an honor named after a UP constituent university’s highest official. The winners were: Gloria Boncodin, Gawad Chancellor for Outstanding Administrative Personnel (First Level); Pura Amoloza, Gawad Chancellor for Outstanding Administrative Personnel (Second Level); Larry Cruz, Gawad Chancellor for Outstanding Research, Extension and Professional Staff; and, Dr. Joane Serrano, Gawad Chancellor for Outstanding Faculty.

 

UP President Danilo Concepcion (fifth from left) and Chancellor Melinda Bandalaria (to his left) pose for photos with representatives of some of UPOU’s partner institutions. From left, with plaques: Tuntungin-Putho Integrated National High School; Quezon Power Limited Co.; HealthServ Los Baños Medical Center; CoopHub; Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development; Municipal Government of Mauban, Quezon; Veterans Bank; Land Bank of the Philippines; Los Baños Doctors Hospital and Medical Center, Inc.; and Digital Freedom Network (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
UP President Danilo Concepcion (fifth from left) and Chancellor Melinda Bandalaria (to his left) pose for photos with representatives of some of UPOU’s partner institutions. From left, with plaques: Tuntungin-Putho Integrated National High School; Quezon Power Limited Co.; HealthServ Los Baños Medical Center; CoopHub; Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development; Municipal Government of Mauban, Quezon; Veterans Bank; Land Bank of the Philippines; Los Baños Doctors Hospital and Medical Center, Inc.; and Digital Freedom Network (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

It has been a UPOU tradition to recognize its partners in every anniversary program and this year was no exception. Its partner institutions for 2017 to 2018 are: National University of Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Commission on Higher Education; Department of Information and Communication Technology; Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development; DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development; Department of Education-Quezon; Department of Education-Tuntungin-Putho Integrated National High School; Municipal Government of Mauban, Quezon; City Social Welfare & Development Office of Santiago City, Isabela; Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental; Cebu Technological University; CoopHub; Digital Freedom Network; Health Serv Los Baños Medical Center; Institute for Global Environmental Strategies; LandBank of the Philippines; Los Baños Doctors Hospital and Medical Center, Inc.; PLDT; Quezon Power Limited Co.; UPOU Foundation, Inc.; and, Veterans Bank. (Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo, UP MPRO)

 

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UPDATE as of 11 June 2018: UPOU has severed its affiliation with COOPHUB and OFW Credit Coop and has no joint program or course offerings with these organizations. UPOU did not also authorize Coophub’s and/or OFW Credit Coop’s use of the university’s name, logo and photos in their websites, social media pages, paraphernalia and marketing activities.

View UPOU’s official statement here: https://www.upou.edu.ph/news-and-features/536-statement-on-the-use-of-upou-s-name-by-coophub-multimedia-services-coophub-and-ofw-credit-cooperative-ofw-credit-coop