UP climbs 28 spots in World University Rankings 2020

Marje Pelayo   •   June 20, 2019   •   2636

MANILA, Philippines – Four universities in the Philippines made it to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) best universities in the world for 2020.

The country’s flagship state university, the University of the Philippines (UP), secured its highest rating so far in the list of best universities in the world, climbing 28 spots from 384th last year to 356th this year.

The university has just celebrated its 111th founding anniversary on June 18, 2019.

Three other Philippine universities entered the top 1,000 higher education institutions in the QS World University Rankings 2020 released on Wednesday (June 19).

Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) also climbed up from 651-700th last year to 601-650th spot this year.

De La Salle University (DLSU) and the University of Santo Tomas (UST) were able to retain their 801-1000th spots.

The top five list include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Harvard University, California Institute of Technology, University of Oxford and University of Chicago.

READ the complete list here.

Quacquarelli Symonds, an international higher education information provider ranks the top 1,000 universities in the world based on six key indicators: academic reputation; employer reputation; faculty and student ratio; citations per faculty; international faculty ratio; and international student ratio.

UP students condemn alleged campus militarization; walk out of classrooms

Maris Federez   •   August 20, 2019

UP student activists stage an anti-campus militarization rally during the university’s so-called “National Day of Walkout” on August 20, 2019.

Students of the University of the Philippines (UP) walked out of their classrooms Tuesday to condemn what they claim as campus militarization in their school.

Wearing black, the students stepped out of their classes at past 11 with placards in hand.

They call this day the “National Day of Walkout”, pointing out that the police and the military are meddling with the affairs of the school.

The students said the campus militarization is curtailing their academic freedom.

Read: PNP denies alleged militarization of campuses

“Hindi po namin papayagan na pumasok ang AFP at PNP lalo na si Senador Bato at Duterte sa aming pamantasan dahil nakikita namin na wala silang puwang o agenda upang i-address ang mga bitbit naming panawagan [We will not allow the AFP and the PNP, especially Senator Bato and Duterte to enter our university because we know that they have no agenda to address our petitions],” said UP student Rachiel Villamor.

Several UP professors also joined the walkout.

“Alamin at kumilos na ipaglaban ang tingin nila ay tama. Yan ang itinuturo namin sa classroom. Yan ang ibig sabihin ng pagiging edukador. At magagawa yan hindi lang sa loob ng classroom. Magagawa yan kahit sa labas kahit sa lansangan [Know and act to fight what they think is correct. That is what we teach in the classroom. That is what a teacher is all about. And we can do that not only in the classrooms. We can do that even in the streets],” said Josephine Dionisio, chairperson of UP Department of Sociology.

Aside from the campus in Diliman, the National Day of Walkout was also observed in other UP campuses in the country. (from the report of Mon Jocson) /mbmf

UP students set ‘UP Day of Walkout and Action’ on Aug 20

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 16, 2019

Oblation statue, the iconic symbol of the University of the Philippines

The University of the Philippines (UP) has set August 20 as the ‘UP Day of Walkout and Action’ to protest against proposed police and military intervention in their university.

In a memorandum, UP said their university has been a target of police and military intrusion.

They also said their university’s academic freedom is at high risk of being taken away since they will be more vulnerable to baseless accusations, intimidation, and harassment.

“Campus militarization is equivalent to martial law in our university and we shall not let that happen,” their statement reads.—AAC

UP students discover horn snail extract as potential cancer treatment

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 15, 2019

Researchers from the University of the Philippines (UP) has discovered that extracts from horn snails contain potential cancer treatment.

According to their research several extracts from horn snails (Telescopium telescopium) may prevent angiogenesis or formation of blood vessels from pre-existing ones.

“By preventing this process to occur, cancer cells are starved and do not grow and spread,” according to the study.

The study was published in journal Acta Medica Philippina last month.

“This study evaluated the potential antiangiogenic activity of Telescopium telescopium or locally known as Bagongon. It is highly abundant in the country and consumed as food by the locals,” the study further reads.

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