University of the Philippines Los Ba?os
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  • Ftrained, and where nuggets of crude, unpolished ideas are carefully uncovered, and painstakingly transformed into golden bundles of knowledge and technologies, that serve as building blocks for national development, and keys to promoting human welfare.

    Shining through from journey?s beginnings and beyond
    From its humble beginnings in the 1900s, and through the many challenging decades past, which include the pre- and post war years, and up to the present, we witnessed the greatness of UPLB in varying levels and differing degrees. That history, our common history, will bear that our glorious past was indeed crowned with many breakthroughs in research, and trailblazing leadership in agriculture, veterinary medicine, and forestry education.

    Our pioneering programs in these fields, dictated early the standards of excellence in agriculture, veterinary medicine and forestry education that were, and still are the models and norms of colleges and universities offering the same programs nationwide. These programs have produced many of the finest professionals, academicians, scientists, government officials, and administrators who have distinguished themselves in various parts of the country and the world.

    In recent years, the younger programs in engineering, environmental science, development communication, economics and management, policy and governance, human ecology, computer science, and basic sciences in keeping with UPLB?s tradition of leadership and excellence had gained growing recognition and respect across the country and beyond. Many of these programs became models for universities in the Philippines and in the Southeast Asian region; and served as the training ground of scientists and professionals who transformed into leaders in their own home institutions.

    As early as in 1929, UPLB had etched its distinctive marks of excellence and leadership in scientific knowledge and technology generation in many fields. Foremost of these were offseason flowering of mangoes; alternative energy development; development of high-yielding, pest and disease resistant varieties of diverse crops; and design of innovative farm machinery for small farmers (e.g., flatbed dryer that revolutionized drying of farm produce). UPLB also led in the development of systems for selective forest harvesting; establishment and management of tree plantation and agroforestry practice; production of biofertilizers (e.g., BIO-N, MycoVam, and Mycogroe), development of postharvest technologies that enhance the quality and longevity of farm produce; and the production of animal vaccine (i.e., P. multocida). The Bee Program and the program on composting and development of inoculants are likewise examples of recent pioneering efforts that gained wide acclaim for their scientific and economic values.

    Integrated and interdisciplinary programs and development approaches to human and environmental management that became precursors of similar programs developed in many universities in the country and in the region were also pioneered by UPLB. These include the Barangay Integrated Development Approach for Nutrition Improvement (BIDANI) for improving the nutritional status of Filipinos; biotechnology applications in agriculture, forestry, and environmental protection; agroecosystem analysis; bioinformatics and systems biology; assisted natural regeneration; and rapid/participatory rural systems appraisal.

    Destiny as a National University
    Through those challenging decades, we saw greatness as UPLB?s long-held tradition. This tradition will continue into the new millennium of our existence as the marching order to be the national university is now formally enshrined in the halls of jurisprudence that beckons us to fall in behind the call to U.P. ?as the national university, a public and secular institution of higher learning, and a community of scholars dedicated to the search for truth and knowledge as well as the development of future leaders to perform its unique and distinctive leadership in higher education and development? (RA 9500 ? U.P. Charter 2008).

    This mandated task is, and certainly will be, as daunting and as challenging as ever. To make U.P. as the true national university, it has to grow further, strive harder and better, to be a genuine public service university, a relevant research university, and an ever growing graduate university. The biggest challenge lies in taking UPLB to higher levels. To scale greater heights, UPLB must constantly innovate, sustain pioneering leadership, and re-engineer and create programs and institutions that are relevant and responsive as ever to the mounting complexities of problems and opportunities. These problems and opportunities are associated with the increasing population, urbanization, industrialization, globalization, scarcity, and degradation of natural resources and the environment, and food security and safety, amidst the increasing threats and risks due to climate change.

    To make U.P. as the true national university, it has to grow further, strive harder and better, to be a genuine public service university, a relevant research university, and an ever growing graduate university.
    For UPLB, being a graduate university means taking on the challenge of expanding capabilities to provide advanced studies and specialization to increasing number of enrollees in various graduate degree programs. The Ad Hoc Committee on Strategic Review of UPLB?s Human Resources recommended that the UPLB graduate student population in 2030 should constitute 20 percent of the total UPLB student population (envisioned to be 25,000 at that time). Of this number, 40 percent are supposed to be enrolled in the PhD programs and 60 percent in the Master?s programs. Further, it is recommended that about 20 percent of the graduate student population should be international students.

    As a research university, UPLB will need to sustain its commitment to basic and applied research and development, and to promote the application of knowledge and technologies it develops in addressing complex development and environmental concerns. This will call for investments on reinforcing the capability to embark on transdisciplinary and integrative studies by sustaining the modernization of research facilities, and developing appropriate mechanisms for increased collaboration among UPLB units and between UPLB and other national and international universities and research institutions.

    Being a public service university, UPLB will need to produce more appropriately skilled and value-laden graduates in various fields of arts, natural and social sciences, and engineering who will facilitate and guide the multifaceted processes of development and environmental protection. It will need to work more closely with the national and local government, the private sector, the local communities, and the civil society organizations as provider of up-to-date and reliable information, knowledge, technologies, and expert advice to facilitate the attainment of their development goals.

    The journey is arduous; the road is winding and long
    We must laud the achievements and gains of past administrators, who did a great job to make UPLB a better graduate, research, and public service university despite the extreme limitations in resources that chronically plagued U.P. This, in a way, puts our administration in a good position to sustain the thriving programs and to launch new programs toward realizing the vision for UPLB amid the difficulties and challenges associated with rapidly changing social, political, and environmental landscapes.

    Nonetheless the road ahead for UPLB remains replete with daunting barriers invariably related to financial deficiency that is magnified by the huge expectations on what UPLB must become in the future.

    I am honored to take UPLB in a journey along the road where the old and the new converge. A road that will take us where we will be able to build on the gains of the past chancellors and at the same time where we can capture the vast opportunities for breaking new grounds and laying the foundation for achieving higher goals. In doing these, we will continue to adhere to the highest standards of academic freedom and excellence, good governance, nationalism, morality and ethics, and intellectual honesty. In the next three years, we will keep our sights fixed on the above vision as we together carry out strategic actions that will pave the way to the realization of our vision.

    We will continue to adhere to the highest standards of academic freedom and excellence, good governance, nationalism, morality and ethics, and intellectual honesty.
    God willing, my leadership will focus on creating an environment that will inspire, unite, and empower UPLB students, faculty, REPS, and administrative personnel as one community committed to the goals and mandates of a national university. I intend to do this through my Five (5) Point Thematic Action Agenda.

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