The UP Professional School for Agriculture and the Environment (UP PSAE) in Panabo City, Davao del Norte has opened its doors to 25 students this Second Semester AY 2018-2019: nine are pursuing MS Entomology and 16 are enrolled in MS and Ph.D. Environmental Science.
These students will be mentored by faculty members who teach the same programs at UPLB’s headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna.
Four faculty members from the Institute of Weed Science, Entomology, and Plant Pathology at the College of Agriculture and Food Science will handle MS Entomology, while nine from the School of Environmental Science and Management will be actively involved in implementing the MS/PhD Environmental Science program at UPLB’s extension campus in Mindanao.
UP PSAE, UPLB’s newest and southernmost unit, was established in 2016 and is currently under the supervision of the Graduate School. This was in response to the demand of the agribusiness industry sector of Mindanao for a professional knowledge hub that is focused on agriculture and environmental science – two of UPLB’s niche programs.
The UP PSAE aims to be a catalyst for development in Mindanao through building the human resource capacity of those in the industry, higher education institutions (HEIs), government agencies, and civil society organizations.
Dr. Filma C. Calalo leads the UP PSAE as its director.