University of the Philippines Los Baños

Dr. Fernando Chinte Sanchez, Jr. has been elected UPLB chancellor at the 1301st meeting of the UP Board of Regents on Sept. 30, 2014. As the ninth Chancellor of the University, his term of office takes  effect on Nov. 1, 2014-Oct. 31, 2017.

A certified arborist and a licensed agriculturist, Dr. Sanchez is a landscape horticulturist/planner/arborist by profession. He obtained his BS Agriculture and MS Environmental Science both at UPLB and his Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture at the Tokyo University of Agriculture in Japan. He is the first in the Phillippines to graduate with a Ph.D. in landscape architecture.

To strengthen his academic preparation for more challenging roles in the University, he attended a number of continuing professional education courses. Among these are the Programme for Leadership in University Management, sponsored by the Tamasek Foundation and National University of Singapore; and the Executive Development Program for SUCs: Workshop on Revisiting and Enhancing the SUCs’ Strategic Plans sponsored by the Commission on Higher Education and Development (CHED) Academy of the Philippines in partnership with the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC).

He has been part of the faculty of the Department of Horticulture since 1988 and has served the University for 26 years.

Dr. Sanchez is recognized as one of the pioneers in the development of the landscape horticulture profession in the Philippines. He is currently an Associate Professor 7 at the Crop Science Cluster, and is responsible for teaching 19 undergraduate and graduate courses on ornamental and landscape horticulture and adviser to more than 80 BS Agriculture (landscape horticulture) and two MS students.

His involvement in the research and technology promotion of edible landscaping earned overwhelming interest among individuals representing various sectors. In addition, he has also completed eight research projects that generated five technical publications in refereed journals, five technical publications in conference proceedings, and several technical papers presented in national and international conferences.

Dr. Sanchez has served as Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development (Nov 1, 2011-Oct 31, 2014) at UPLB after serving six years as Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development.

In the presentation of his vision paper as UPLB chancellor, entitled “UNITY IN DIVERSITY: A Forward Looking Globally Competitive Research University,” he envisioned mobilizing the many untapped minds of faculty, researchers, staff, and alumni who are enthusiastic and willing to share ideas and experiences in creating alternative approaches towards the betterment of the University. According to him, the diverse constituency with different viewpoints and beliefs within UPLB is a strength that should be maximized.

Through this gathering of minds towards one goal, Dr. Sanchez aims to enhance UPLB’s status as a national center of excellence in agriculture, forestry, engineering, veterinary sciences, environment, biotechnology, and culture and arts in the Southern Tagalog region.

 

 

There will also be a number of innovations in the infrastructure that would help UPLB staff, faculty, and students to keep up with the rapidly changing world. One of his main targets is to give UPLB constituents an environment that enhances the recruitment and retention of the best and brightest faculty and researchers. He also encourages those with MA/MS degrees to pursue their doctoral degrees  and for the faculty and staff to enhance their research engagements with more funding .

In line with this, Dr. Sanchez wishes to create an environment with facilities that support positive collaboration with student, faculty, and staff as well as venues for collaboration and sharing.  He also said that their contributions to teaching, research, creative works, and service should be recognized. Some of the facilities planned are the Integrated Student Dormitory Complex, and Staff Housing and Athletic/Sports amenities to serve undergraduate, graduate, and foreign students.

With the strengthening of research thrusts, he envisions an entrepreneurial university with financial assistance and entrepreneurial opportunities for students, Entrepreneur kiosks will be provided for students and student organizations to support their activities or augment their members’ finances.

To improve UPLB’s financial stability, Dr. Sanchez eyes inviting technology-intensive companies to relocate at the UPLB-Philippine Economic Zone Authority, which can also provide jobs for the University’s graduates. A UPLB Central Store can promote and sell UPLB products, books, and souvenir items, he said. Further, an Agri-Tourism Promotion Center can improve the linkages among the environmental, agricultural, and tourism sectors.

Dr. Sanchez also plans to undertake massive modernization of UPLB facilities such as the electrical and water distribution facilities as well as the waste and water treatment systems.  Upgrading of classrooms, laboratories, staff offices, restrooms, libraries, cafeteria, function halls, and other facilities within the University are on the drawing board. Others being planned include a new communal classroom building, a new registrar’s office, a central e-library, and a modern track-and-field facility and aquatic center.

The Information Technology Center and Interactive Learning Center are also targets for modernization since they are vital in supporting the e-Learning environment of the students and are crucial in linking UPLB to other universities and institutions around the world.

A Campus Crises Management Team will also be created to better deal with catastrophic events such as the weather, fire, and other untoward incidents.

Moreover, UPLB will  be more active in ensuring the country’s food security and food safety through the conservation of the Philippines’ natural resources (such as plant and animal genetic resources, fisheries, and forest sectors) via a stronger government-university-industry collaboration.

In preparation for the ASEAN University Network in 2015, Dr. Sanchez said that UPLB will craft its internationalization program to include global institutional, research, and student partnerships. (JL Roble)