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In celebration of Earth Day, the University of the Philippines (UP) launches an online knowledge hub featuring UP’s expertise and resources on disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) including both climate change adaptation and disaster risk mitigation.

RESILIENCE or REsources for Science-Informed LIteracy and ENgagement towards Building Community ResiliencE, is the UP website which will respond to the need for climate- and disaster-related information and services from the country’s experts in the engineering, geology, governance, community development and other fields integral to the mitigation and preparation of communities for the impacts of climate change and disaster risk.

The website is a product of the close collaboration of the university with the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The three institutions signed a Memorandum of Agreement in June 2013, which spurred the cooperation and bore the RESILIENCE website into fruition.

“The RESILIENCE website reflects the university’s commitment as ‘One UP’ to make available to the public its expertise and knowledge products pertaining to climate change and disaster risk management,” said UP President Alfredo E. Pascual. “The online portal is one of the few academe-based initiatives in the world that houses a multi-disciplinary knowledge base to support resilience learning, teaching, capacity building, and policy development,” he added.

President Pascual also pointed out a parallel initiative by UP and partners to establish the Resilience Institute for DRRM Knowledge Solutions and Partneships. This will be an Asia-Pacific collaboration hub through which UP’s researchers, creative workers and other scholars continue to produce and share knowledge solutions through multidisciplinal and multilateral partnerships among scholars and policymakers, assisting the Philippines and other similarly vulnerable economies in attaining sustainable development goals. The Institute formation is coordinated by UP Diliman Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Benito M. Pacheco, himself a knowledge worker in DRRM.

As the national university, UP is mandated by Republic Act 9500, or the UP Charter of 2008 to exercise a unique and distinctive leadership in education, research and public service. The RESILIENCE website, with materials from the country’s foremost members of the academe, will be another project where the university expresses its continued commitment to serve the people.

UP Vice President for Public Affairs Prospero E. De Vera highlighted the significance of the website in enhancing the public’s capacity against the impact of climate change. “This website will be a very important resource for our people to better understand and prepare for the impact of climate change,” he said. “This will also greatly benefit members of the academe and students, particularly those in the SUCs (State Universities and Colleges), who will be involved in the teaching, research and public service mandates as public universities,” he added.

Experts from UP’s constituent units: UP Diliman, UP Los Baños, UP Manila, UP Visayas, UP Open University, UP Mindanao, UP Baguio and UP Cebu, were involved in the preparation of the website. These climate change experts have been working with their colleagues, through the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The website houses an inventory of faculty and staff, as well as colleges, institutes and centers in all UP campuses, whose line of work touches on the various aspects of climate change and DRRM. It also showcases the university’s various research projects, theses and dissertations pertinent to climate change and disasters, and offers a host of related informational resources such as videos, infographics, games, news, events and educational opportunities.

A video-making side competition “The Resilience Challenge” is also being launched to mark the introduction of the online portal. Mechanics and other details may be found on the RESILIENCE website at http://resilience.up.edu.ph.

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With the construction of the Clark Green City (CGC) formally starting with the ground-breaking ceremony on April 11, 2016, the University of the Philippines revealed plans for a campus in the master-planned city where the University is expected to build human capital to drive the city and Region III’s growth.

In his speech at a conference on city building on March 8, 2016 in Bonifacio Global City, UP President Alfredo Pascual said the UP-CGC campus follows the example of innovations in education made by top world universities, consisting of harmonizing disciplines and seamless academe-government-industry collaboration, in order to build human capital for the country’s development.

“Several top universities around the world, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), National University of Singapore (NUS), and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), have innovative academic and research programs that integrate various disciplines, such as, health sciences, environmental sciences, public policy, resource systems, engineering, business and management,” Pascual said.

“Certain institutions, such as, the Broad Institute of Harvard University and MIT and RIKEN of Japan have programs that go beyond academic activities and operate on an academe-industry-government nexus that ensures that outputs are marketable and do address the public service dimensions of research,” Pascual added.

As he talked about UP benchmarking the academic and operational features of the campus after these universities, Pascual presented the “green” architectural plans for UP-CGC.

The UP Board of Regents approved the memorandum of agreement between UP and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), the developer of CGC, on July 22, 2015, through which BCDA allocates 70 hectares in CGC for the use of the University.

“I believe that the partnership between UP, the country’s premier institution of higher learning, and the BCDA, will go a long way to improve the quality of our human capital—our industry leaders and government administrators, our managers, our knowledge workers and employees, our workers and entrepreneurs. And this is where we begin building our city, person by person, thus creating an innovative, globally competitive and internationally oriented labor force for Clark Green City,” Pascual said during the city-building conference.

If plans push through, UP-CGC will offer one undergraduate Liberal Arts program and professional masters programs in Health Management, Sustainability Science, and Structural Analytics, under a College of Human Sciences, a College of the Natural Environment, and a College of Designed Environments.

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From 17 to 19 April 2016, a landmark event is taking place in the history of the University of the Philippines—a grand gathering of the University’s leading scientists, artists, and researchers under one roof, expressly for the purpose of forging stronger collaboration between disciplines and seeking innovative solutions to our country’s needs and problems.

This event is the UP Knowledge Festival, devoted to the theme, Utak at Puso para sa Bayan (Minds and Hearts for the Nation), and it will showcase the outputs of UP’s top knowledge creators in the areas of food production, health, climate change, energy, technology, education, and the arts.

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President Pascual delivers the first speech to start off the ceremony. Photo by Misael Bacani.

Thirty-nine scientists from UP Diliman (UPD) and UP Los Banos (UPLB) were recognized for 13 inventions in the awarding ceremony of the Invention Disclosure Incentive on April 8 at the UP Board of Regents Room.

Seven inventions were from UPD while six were from UPLB. Of the seven from UPD, three were from the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (EEEI) and one each, from the Institute of Biology (IB), Department of Chemical Engineering (DChE), Marine Science Institute (MSI), and National Institute of Physics (NIP). UPLB’s Institute of Chemistry (IC) and National Institute for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BIOTECH), meanwhile, were awarded for three inventions each.

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“Higher level education is the key to inclusive growth,” says UP President Pascual.

The country can produce the high-level human resource it needs to catch up with its neighbors if the next government adopts the right set of policies.

This was the gist of a “think paper” on “Knowledge-Based Development and Governance” presented by the University of the Philippines to all the presidential candidates for their consideration.

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