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Friday, June 19, 2009

UP holds system-wide conference

The University of the Philippines recently held a UP system-wide conference at the Subic Holiday Villas in Olongapo City.

The confab dubbed “The Challenge of Being a National University: Looking toward UP’s Second Century,” gathered representatives of the different sectors, university officials, centennial fellows, faculty, research staff, non- academic staff, students and alumni to design a blueprint for the University’s next century.

UP presidential Emerlinda Roman presented in her opening address, an assessment of UP and ways on how to address the challenges and issues it faces.

“How far and in what ways are we willing to evolve in order to live up to our name as the National University? How do we clarify what is public in the public nature of UP? How does academe best serve the nation? What are the principles and policies to which we will hold fast because they embody our deepest, most important values? How do we hope to effectively pass on these values to our students, many of whom are overwhelmed by the complexity and confusion of the environment they must survive in?,” Roman said.

Meanwhile, keynote speaker UP Professor Randy David cautioned the University against trying to respond to every conceivable challenge because it simply cannot be achieved. Instead, he urged it to perform its work better than any possible alternative.

David stressed that “that problem basically revolves around the production, acquisition, and transfer of useful knowledge.

He also emphasized the need to secure its status as a university in the first instance through superior research and instruction; to raise the quality of public discourse; and to produce students who are leaders with a “clear sense of purpose, profound awareness if the basic problems of the country and the world, and a passionate commitment to the national good.

Other conference participants were former UP presidents Jose Abueva and Francisco Nemenzo, Faculty Regent Judy Tagiwalo and Staff Regent Clodualdo Cabrera, National artist and Dean of the UP Diliman College of Arts and Letters Virgilio Almario, National Scientisrs Dr.Lourdes Cruz, Dr. Ricardo Lantican and Dr. Teodulo Topacio.
--Manila Bulletin

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