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.
UPLB, together with the UPLB Alumni Association (UPLBAA), will celebrate the 94th Loyalty Day and Alumni Homecoming on Oct. 10, 2012. The theme of this year’s celebration is “UPLB: Handa sa Pagbabago ng Panahon at Kapaligiran.”
The university has 11 dormitories for its students. These accommodations are situated in different parts of the university; some of which were built within the vicinity of colleges. The abundance of nature is what makes these dormitories conducive not only for studying but also for recreational activities. While most of these dormitories are open to any UPLB student, some are used to accommodate a more specific group of students. The International House is home to graduate students from different parts of the world. Moreover, this housing is also used as guest rooms for visitors and transients.
The Women’s Residence Hall is exclusive to female UPLB students. The Men’s Residence Hall used to be exclusive for male UPLB students but now houses female undergraduates as well. The New Dormitory was primarily built for Freshmen students. Each dormitory has facilities both for studying and recreation. The university also operates several guesthouses for special guests, alumni and interest groups. There is the UPLB Executive Guest House, the UPLB Alumni Center and Obdulia Sison Hall (formerly the Continuing Education Center). Some of the dormitories can also accommodate transient guests, specially during off-peak seasons and student vacation periods. The university also provides housing for its faculty and staff as a privilege and not as a right within the limits of its resources. Housing units are available for married and single academic/ administrative staff.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance: Programs for Undergraduate Students
Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program - Qualifications: 1. The STFAP is UP's primary financial assistance program for bona fide undergraduate Filipino students. 2. Except for Law or Medicine, the applicant must not have a bachelor’s degree. 3. For an incoming freshman or new student, the applicant must have a UP Notice of Admission. 4. The STFAP brackets are primarily based on the annual family income and have corresponding fees or benefits. 5. Students coming from families with annual family income of Php 80,000 or less may be eligible for free tuition, miscellaneous, and laboratory fees plus standard stipend.
Scholarships, Student Assistantships and Other Grants - UPLB implements hundreds of undergraduate scholarships and fellowship grants given by several donors and benefactors with benefits ranging from tuition, book allowances, living allowances and others. It also has the following: UP Presidential ASEAN Scholarships Program, UP Presidential Scholarships Program, and UP Scholarship Program for Foreign Students. The Scholarships and Financial Assistance Division (SFAD), Office of Student Affairs has 14 cash loan programs to further assist the students with their financial needs. Qualified students with good scholastic standing can avail P2,000-8,000 cash loan depending on the program they are applying for. For details, please proceed to SFAD office at the Student Union Building.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance: Programs for Graduate Students
Graduate Mentoring and Apprenticeship Program - The Graduate Mentoring and Apprenticeship Program (GMAP) seeks to narrow the gap between science and practice and improve training of graduate students by providing a venue wherein they can work closely with accomplished and experienced U.P. faculty in instructional activities and research work. The program also seeks to address the need of UP for potential faculty members to sustain its capacity to provide high quality education, conduct research, and implement successful extension and development programs. The objectives of the program are to generate high quality graduates with distinctive expertise in their respective fields through a dynamic system of experiential learning for students and their effective mentoring by seasoned faculty and researchers in appropriate and relevant instruction and research settings; and develop a pool of qualified and trained potential faculty members for the university’s faculty recruitment program.
DOST-ASTHRDP Scholarship Program - UPLB, as a member of the National Science Consortium, administers the ASTHRDP Scholarship Program of the Department of Science and Technology. The program grants scholarships for master’s and doctorate degrees, and thesis/dissertation grants for the following priority fields of study: biological sciences, biotechnology, chemical sciences, materials science and nanotechnology, pure and applied mathematics, pure and applied physics, health and pharmaceutical sciences, information and communications technology, earth, atmospheric & space sciences, agriculture, forestry & natural resources, fisheries & marine science, and environmental sciences. The scholarship aims to improve the country’s global competitiveness and capability to innovate, through alternative approaches on human resource development in S&T; and to accelerate the production of high-level human resources needed for S&T activities particularly in research and development.
DA-BAR Thesis Grant Scholarship - Open to all Filipino graduate students who will conduct thesis/dissertation on the thematic areas of organic agriculture, namely: crop, livestock, and fish production; crops, soils, and pest management; organic food quality; post harvest and food processing; comparison or specific trait(s) or organic food; socio-economic studies; policy studies/analysis and governance; and related fields. Wet research will be allotted a maximum of PhP 100,000 for MS and PhP 200,000 for PhD, and dry research will have an allotment of Php50,000 for MS and PhP100,000 for PhD.
Asia Pacific Scholarship Program - The APSC is a full scholarship program where successful applicant students will study at prestigious international universities in Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia or the Philippines. It is given by the Asia Pacific Scholarship Consortium, an informal network of universities in Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the Philippines that aims to facilitate scholarships in high quality postgraduate courses for individuals from Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos PDR who require financial support to study. Scholars will undertake masters degrees by coursework. Courses typically take one to two years to complete. Scholars must complete the course within the specified time period on a full time basis.
Other Scholarships for Graduate Students - We help provide scholarship benefits to graduate students who come from almost 50 public and private organizations and state colleges and universities. UPLB is also conduit to nearly 30 scholarship programs of international organizations and about 50 more programs of various universities from almost 20 countries.
Recipient of the 1977 Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding, the equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize in Asia.
Its outstanding achievements in the basic and applied sciences are testaments to the great strides it has made for the past years. The alumni continue to be the prime movers in academe, in government and in business.
More than 40 ties and agreements with foreign universities worldwide. Active linkages with more than 50 foreign institutions and agencies in Australia, Canada, Cambodia, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, USA, Thailand and VietNam.
Intern or On The Job Training (OJT) - UPLB provides a nurturing scientific environment for interested and qualified high school, university or graduate students, from within UPLB or outside institutions. Research, academic and even administrative units at UPLB may accept student interns or on-the-job trainees. A student who wishes to apply as intern at a UPLB unit should provide a formal request from his/her school or college addressed to the head of the unit. The request shall include the expected output and duration of his/her internship. Research interns are usually accepted on a competitive basis and are required to deliver outputs and not just perform routine laboratory work. UPLB students may also conduct their thesis experiments in some of UPLB’s partner institutions abroad. Acceptance of a foreign adviser is a requirement for such and which is usually arranged by the students’ thesis advisers at UPLB.
UPLB Chancellor - Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez Jr., former Director of UPLB Office of Alumni Relations (OAR) - Dr. Mimosa C. Ocampo, current director of OAR - Dr. Sue Liza C. Saguiguit, OAR Staff - Ms. Patrice Delos Reyes (BSB ‘04, MSDC ‘15) & Ms. Jessica Tapia (BSDC ‘15), UPLBAA President - For. Leo R. Ballesfin, and UPLBAA Executive Assistant - Ms. Nahja P. Macatula (BSF ‘08).
Undergraduate Admission - Beginning Freshmen - (1) his performance in the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT); (2) his weighted average in the first three years of high school; and (3) his choice of UP campus and the quotas for specific degree programs/colleges set by the respective Deans.
Foreign Student Admission - Major Requirements for Beginning Freshmen - 1. completion of the high school program in the country where he had his secondary education; 2. qualifying in a college-qualifying national or international foreign- administered examination such as the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examination or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or any equivalent examination: GCE: 3 ordinary level passes and 2 advanced level passes SAT : minimum total score of 1200 IBE: International Baccalaureate Diploma; 3. in the case of an applicant whose native language or whose medium of instruction in the secondary school is not English, a minimum score of 500 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) .