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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].


UPLB will soon have a presence down south, in the country’s banana capital.

This is through the establishment of the UP Professional School for Agriculture and the Environment (UP PSAE) in Anflo City, Panabo, Davao del Norte, which the UP Board of Regents (BOR) approved at its 1322nd meeting on Nov. 24.

This UPLB extension campus aims to provide UP education within the reach of students, accelerate human capital formation, and serve as a catalyst for development in the Davao Region.

“With its proven capacities in agriculture and environmental science, UPLB is positioned to contribute immensely to development efforts in the Davao Region and neighboring communities,” articulated by the document explaining the rationale of the newly approved UP PSAE.

The UP PSAE will progress in two phases.

The first phase covering its first five years will see the offering of off-campus graduate programs and short training courses starting the First Semester of Academic Year (AY) 2017-2018 ,with the formal opening of the campus the AY after. The UPLB Graduate School shall supervise the UP PSAE, through a program director, during this phase.

The second phase, on the other hand, will start on its sixth year. This would be a time when the UP PSAE shall become a new school of UPLB, with its own dean and residential graduate programs.

A budget of PhP271 million shall be allocated for UP PSAE’s first 11 years, while the Anflo Management and Investment Corporation (ANFLOCOR) will donate about three hectares of land and capital outlay for the infrastructure.

ANFLOCOR’s donation of land and construction of relevant structures for the future school are articulated in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between UP and ANFLOCOR dated Nov. 20, 2014. The MOU also provides for a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which shall detail the partnership between the two institutions, and which will be signed early next year. (Mark Jayson E. Gloria, with reports from the UP PSAE Proposal written by Assistant Professors Anna Floresca F. Firmalino and Arlene C. Gutierrez)

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Official announcement of Concepcion’s selection from the Office of the Secretary of the University on Facebook.

The Office of the Secretary of the University and of the Board of Regents announced today, the selection of University of the Philippines College of Law Dean Danilo Lardizabal Concepcion as the new President of the University of the Philippines.

Concepcion, known in his radio program Usapang de Campanilla on DZMM as ‘Danicon’, will succeed President Alfredo E. Pascual on February 2017 for a six-year term. He was among the six nominees for the UP Presidency who presented their mission and vision for the university at The Search: A Forum for the Selection of the Next UP President.

Dean Concepcion finished Agricultural Engineering, summa cum laude, at the De La Salle Araneta-University in 1979, topping the board exam. He graduated from the UP College of Law, cum laude, in 1983, passing the Bar Examinations as a topnotcher. He later earned his Master of Laws at the University of London in 1986, as a scholar of the British government.

For a profile of Dean Concepcion from the UP College of Law, please click here.




From the Lone Star State, to the Sunflower State and the Sunshine State, up to the Great Lakes State, top UPLB officials flew to the United States to further strengthen and expand UPLB’s international ties with four universities.

Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., Dr. Portia G. Lapitan, vice chancellor for academic affairs and Dr. Rex B. Demafelis, vice chancellor for research and extension, met with the officials of four US universities from Oct. 16 to 26 to sign various agreements for human and material resource exchanges.

Three of these universities are UPLB’s new partners, namely: Texas A&M University, Kansas State University and University of Florida. The fourth, Michigan State University, has been a long-time partner of UPLB.

Texas A&M University has opened its doors for faculty and students exchanges through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UPLB. Located in College Station, Texas A&M University is the state’s first public institution of higher education.

Likewise, Kansas State University is now a UPLB partner in mutually beneficial exchanges of professors, scholars, scientists, students and information, academic materials and publications by virtue of an MOU. Like UPLB, Manhattan-based Kansas State University has colleges of agriculture, arts and sciences, engineering, human ecology, veterinary medicine, and a separate Graduate School.

On the other hand, University of Florida and UPLB are to start a cooperative effort in faculty and student exchanges and research collaboration under a cooperative agreement. Located in Gainsville, the former is a land-, sea- and space-grant university.

UPLB, represented in the signing ceremony by Dr. Lapitan and Dr. Demafelis, also renewed the MOA for Two-Way Student Exchange with Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and College of Social Sciences. Located in East Lansing, Michigan State University was founded as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan in 1855.


These new partnerships strengthen UPLB’s international linkages with around 70 universities across the globe. They form part of the fulfillment of UPLB’s vision-mission to become a globally competitive graduate and research university that contributes to national development.

Dr. Lapitan and Dr. Demafelis also visited the University of Minnesota for exploratory talks on establishing linkages with the said university. (Juan Paolo A. Aquino)


Students preparing their materials for a session of the Versatile Instrument System for Science Education and Research (VISSER) Summer Workshop. UPSIO file photo.



The following are initiatives and programs of the university undertaken by the Office of Vice President for Academic Affairs:

International Publication Award

The purpose of the award is to encourage faculty, REPS and students to contribute to the body of knowledge in their respective fields/discipline by publishing in internationally respected journals that are peer-reviewed and adhere to high standards of scholarship.

Distinguished Artists, Scientists, and Academics-in-Residence Program 

Through the program, our students and young faculty will have the advantage of learning from and building connections with some of the most successful people in their fields around the world. Experts will also benefit from the program through joint projects with their students, and scholarly and creative discourses with our seasoned faculty members.

Concepcion D. Dadufalza Award for Distinguished Achievement

The UP Board of Regents established the award on June 29, 2000 in honor of a beloved former professor of the University, Professor Concepcion D. Dadufalza, on the occasion of her 50th year of teaching at the University of the Philippines. Funded by a graduate of the University who requests anonymity, the award aims to honor individuals of distinction, to keep alive the selfless vision and values of Professor Dadufalza

Gawad sa Natatanging Publikayson sa Filipino

Alinsunod sa patakaran sa wika ng Unibersidad, inaasahan na lalong huhusay ang mga publikasyon sa Filipino ng mga fakulti at REPS sa pamamagitan ng pagkilalang idudulot ng gawad.

UP Arts Productivity System

The UP Arts Productivity System (APS) was established by the Board of Regents in its 1239th meeting on December 2008 as the counterpart for the arts of the UP Scientific Productivity System and is aimed at encouraging outstanding productivity in the creative arts or in arts scholarship for national development. Deserving artists and arts scholars in the faculty and research staff will be conferred the title “UP Artist” with a monetary award, the UP Arts Productivity Award.

UP Scientific Productivity System

The UP Scientific Productivity System (SPS) was approved by the Board of Regents in its 1199th meeting on August 2005. The SPS aims to: (1) support the development of science and technology and (2) encourage and reward scientific productivity.

Research Dissemination Grant

With the RDG, faculty and REPS researchers are encouraged to conduct and publicize high-quality research that would make the University more visible in the international research community. Participation in international conferences would also expose our faculty and REPS researchers to cutting-edge research, and could provide opportunities to forge collaborations with leading researchers in the world.

PhD and Master’s Fellowship Program for Faculty and REPS 

Priority will be given to PhD and MS fellowships directly aligned with the niches of each of UP’s constituent universities, as well as support for MS/PhD sandwich programs to enable the pursuit of theses/dissertations in foreign universities.  The length of a PhD Fellowship that can be enjoyed is up to five years.  The program supports tuition, salary, hiring of a teacher substitute, as well as access to a start-up grant of up to P2.5 M upon completion of the PhD.  For foreign study, the roundtrip airfare and living allowance would also be covered.

Visiting Professor Program

Under the UP Expanded Modernization Program, UP is launching the UP Visiting Professor Program in order to increase the number of mentors for young faculty and graduate students working on their MS, PhD or postdoctoral degrees, as well as improve and encourage the culture of research among its faculty. UP invites you to participate actively in the development of UP as a research university.

Short-term Training in Foreign Universities

Short-term training in foreign universities will provide opportunities for the UP academic staff to update themselves on curriculum and pedagogy and to undergo retooling and advanced training in research and creative work. It will also be a chance for UP academics to showcase their talents and explore collaborations with foreign counterparts.

Honor Graduate Fast Track Program

Under this program, summa cum laude UP graduates recruited to teach in UP would have the rank of Instructor 5; magna cum laude graduates, Instructor 4; and cum laude graduates, Instructor 3.  These honor graduate faculty would enjoy close mentoring by senior faculty, and also enjoy access to the ECWRG grant (for instructor 4 and above).

UP Teaching Assistantship Program

Teaching Assistants are either Teaching Associates (TAs) – master’s students, or Teaching Fellows (TFs) – PhD students, who are pursuing their studies half-time and are teaching half-time.  They are postgraduate student scholars and not contractual employees of the university. It is the program of the university that provides financial support for postgraduate studies.

Balik-PhD Recruitment Program

To strengthen the foreign-trained Balik-PhD faculty recruitment campaign, faculty and researchers based in foreign universities and research institutions (both Filipinos and non- Filipinos) will be provided a financial incentive to convince/recruit younger PhDs (Filipinos and non-Filipinos) that they have mentored as young faculty, postdoctoral fellows or PhD students in their universities or collaborating research institutions, to become UP faculty under the Foreign-trained Balik-PhD Faculty program.

Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Program

The University is inviting innovative, interdisciplinary, inter-CU research programs and projects that aim to generate fundamentally new knowledge contributing to the understanding of natural phenomena, and with beneficial applications.

Enhanced Creative Work and Research Grants Forms and Guidelines

Faculty (Instructor 4 and higher) and REPS (University Researcher 1 and higher) are invited to submit proposals for the ECWRG. The ECWRG aims to encourage faculty and REPS to undertake research or creative work that will lead to publications, exhibitions, performances of creative work or other significant output such as patents, new software, and advanced technologies.

Call for applications

For questions, please contact Ryan at the OVPAA via telephone number (632) 981-8500 local 2622

For more information on the university academic and research programs, please visit the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs website.