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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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UP and Nagoya University (NU), through President Alfredo E. Pascual and UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. and NU President Seiichi Matsuo, respectively, have inked an agreement for UPLB to host the Nagoya University Asian Satellite Campus (NUASC) through the UPLB Graduate School.

This agreement makes the Philippines the eighth country to host the NUASC through which the Transnational Doctoral Programs for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries will be implemented. This will enable Filipino doctoral candidates to enroll in NU doctoral programs without having to be physically present in Nagoya for the whole duration of the course.

The agreement was formalized at the Executive Conference Room in BM Gonzalez Hall, UPLB on Dec. 2. Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., dean, Graduate School and Dr. Fumio Isoda, director, Nagoya University Asian Satellite Campuses Institute, served as witnesses of the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA).

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          Public service underlies all the duties and responsibilities of the University. This was essentially the message of Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., in a talk he gave to the participants of the 1st Colleges and Universities Public Service Conference (CUPSCon1) held at the UP Open University in Los Baños, Laguna. He highlighted this in relation to a statement by former UP President Emil Q. Javier that “everything we do in UPLB is public service.”    

With the theme “From the ivory tower to the communities: engaging society with commitment and expertise,” the CUPSCon1 brought together public service and extension practitioners from various state universities and colleges (SUCs) and higher education institutions (HEIs) in the country.

Chancellor Sanchez discussed the public service tradition of UPLB during the plenary panel session on the second day of the conference on Nov. 27.

                “Instruction, the primary function of higher education institutions, is perhaps our most significant public service contribution. By offering world-class education to the country’s best and brightest, we shape them to become future nation-builders,” Chancellor Sanchez added.

He showcased the long-running public service programs of UPLB, such as the technology transfer endeavor of the National Farmer-Scientist Training Program and the voluntary service of UPLB’s Ugnayan ng Pahinungod, among others.

Chancellor Sanchez also identified several administrative issues that plague public service programs among SUCs and HEIs. He proposed steps on how to improve public service not only in the UP System but also among colleges and universities.

Joining Chancellor Sanchez in the plenary discussion were Dr. J. Prospero E. De Vera III, UP vice-president for public affairs, and Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., Graduate School dean.

Dr. De Vera recognized the diversity of UP’s public service programs. He emphasized the need to see the “whole picture” of UP’s public service efforts through UP Padayon’s coordinating mechanism among constituent universities. On the other hand, Dr. Camacho focused on UPLB’s off-campus graduate programs with different institutions as one of the University' effective ways of public service.

The two-day Conference also gathered key UP System and CU officials, including UP President Alfredo E. Pascual, UPOU Chancellor Grace J. Alfonso, UP Diliman (UPD) Social Sciences and Philosophy Dean Grace Aguiling-Dalisay, UPD Extension Director Aleli Bawagan, and UPLB Pahinungod Director Katrina Ross Tan.

CUPSCon1 featured parallel sessions on various topics that fall under public service, such as education, literacy, and training; climate change and environmental protection; local government empowerment; and technology-based development, among others. The Conference was organized and supported by UP. (Mark Jayson E. Gloria)