UPLB has brought development communication closer to the science department’s home.
This is through the offering of an off-campus program in MS Development Communication to selected communication personnel of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
This resulted from a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between UPLB, through the Graduate School and the College of Development Communication (CDC), and DOST.
This aims to equip the students with appropriate skills needed to respond to changing development paradigms and communication perspectives, with the ultimate goal of helping DOST communicate science more effectively to the community. Graduates of this program are expected to assume leadership roles in development communication education and practice.
DOST-SEI has provided scholarship to 16 DOST employees, primarily of its Science Education Institute (SEI) and the Science and Technology Information Institute (STII), to pursue the said program. The scholarship covers tuition fees, student funds, laboratory fees, and personal expenses.
DOST-STII has made available its facilities in Taguig City to serve as classrooms for the off-campus program.
The MOA has been in effect since the 1st Semester of A.Y. 2016-2017 and will remain in force until the 2nd Semester of A.Y. 2017-2018. Classes are held every Saturday for 8 hours with additional 16 hours of online classescovering 3 units per month.
UPLB offers BS, MS and Ph.D. in Development Communication programs through the CDC, which has been declared by CHED as a Center of Excellence in Development Communication last year. (Jessa Jael S. Arana)