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The UPLB Horizon is a newspaper/magazine that features articles on instruction, research and public service initiatives and programs, as well as information of general interest to UPLB and its publics. Some articles that are featured in it appear on the UPLB website. For contributions, email [email protected].

 

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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)

 

 

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Prof. Rex B. Demafelis, vice chancellor for research and extension, received the Manila Water Foundation Prize for Engineering Excellence in awarding ceremonies at the Intercontinental Hotel in Makati City on Nov. 24.

The Manila Water Foundation, in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology, established the award to honor engineers and scientists “who manifest excellent engineering competence with outstanding passion and commitment to the development of communities that champion water, sanitation, environment, and sustainability.”

In his nomination of Prof. Demafelis,  Dr. Manolito Bambase, chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering (ChE)  said that the former embodies the University’s tri-fold functions of instruction, research and extension.  

To date, Prof. Demafelis has mentored 1,500 BS and MS students and researchers. As chair of the ChE department from 1997-2003 and 2005-2008, he spearheaded the upgrade of its curricular programs and implemented various infrastructure projects.

He has conducted research and extension work in wastewater treatment and biogas production. His research team has pushed for the advancement of biofuel production using alternative feedstock like sweet sorghum, malunggay, vutalao, macro and microalgae, Jatropha curcas, coconut oil, used frying oil, palm oil, Napier grass, and cassava.

His research and development work in biofuels produced linkages with government agencies, policy makers and foreign academic institutions in the USA, Canada, Australia, Argentina, India, Spain, and Japan.  

Prof. Demafelis has assisted 17 schools and 9 cities on their “plant and equipment design” program. He also brought his knowledge on biofuel production to the grassroots level through extension work and public service. He has published 28 articles in refereed journals and 91 in non-refereed journals.

Among the other prestigious awards that Prof. Demafelis has received are: the 2015 Phil. National Academy of Science & Technology Best Paper Award; 2014 UPLB Outstanding Researcher in Natural Sciences; 2013 Outstanding Chemical Engineer of the Philippines in the Academe; 2010 Regional Commission on Higher Education RePublica Award; and 2004-2012 UP Presidents’ Academic Distinction Award for International Publications. (MC Jadina)