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UP climbs 28 spots in World University Rankings 2020

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, June 20th, 2019

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.

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Mock elections in universities, not reflective of the country’s sentiments – political analysts

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

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As far as several Metro Manila universities are concerned, majority of their students have already decided on who to vote for in the May 13 Midterm Elections.

According to the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the youth had been a force to reckon with in the last Presidential election and that they still could make a big impact on the May 13 polls.

Based on Comelec data, one third (31%) of the voting population is comprised by the youth, and that the candidates are being wise enough to woo the Millennials for their votes.

In the mock elections held at the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila and Baguio this April, Liberal Party candidates took the lead, followed by several independent and administration candidates.

The mock election at PUP Manila, on the other hand, showed that an independent candidate took the lead followed by opposition and administration candidates.

Meanwhile, Atty. Larry Gadon’s campaign had been proven effective among the students in De La Salle University Dasmariñas.

The Liberal Party, on the other hand, led in mock elections held at the University of Santo Tomas, the Ateneo de Manila University, and the University of San Carlos in Cebu.

Political analyst Edmund Tayao, however, said the mock elections have no enough bearing on the real elections, and that there is a big difference on the results of the national surveys and the mock elections in universities.

“Kung hihimayin mo ang resulta in terms of segments and sector in society, consistent yan, walang problema. Pero yung sasabihin mo na magiging significant sya sa overall result eh hindi yan ang lumalabas kung ikukumpara sa national surveys [If you will scrutinize the results in terms of segments and sectors in society, they are consistent. But saying that they will be significant in the overall result, it’s not what the national surveys had been showing],” he added.

Several mock elections are still being lined up in various universities. Other political analysts, however, said that mock elections do not reflect the real sentiments of the whole nation. – Maris Federez (with reports from Mon Jocson)

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AFP names 18 schools tagged in ouster plot

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2018

An official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines has revealed the universities and colleges in Metro Manila where the New People’s Army are allegedly recruiting members from.

AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Bgen. Antonio Parlade named the schools as:

1. UP Diliman
2. UP Manila
3. PUP Sta. Mesa
4. Ateneo
5. Dela Salle University
6. UST
7. FEU
8. UE Recto
9. UE Caloocan
10. Adamson University
11. Emilio Aguinaldo College
12. Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology
13. San Beda College
14. Lyceum Of The Philippines
15. University Of Makati
16. Caloocan City College
17. University Of Manila
18. Philippine Normal University

Parlade said the school officials are possibly unaware of the activities in their respective institutions that are being used by communist groups to indoctrinate the students into joining their organization.

Parlade cited the screening of films that show the “dark years” of martial law under Marcos and projecting President Rodrigo Duterte as the new emerging dictator.

He said the films are designed to incite resentment against the government and urge students to join protest rallies.

The AFP reminds parents to keep an eye on their children to prevent them from being recruited by insurgents.

The report about a group of students conniving with the CPP-NPA to oust the president was first revealed last Tuesday during the Senate’s deliberation on the proposed budget of the Department of National Defense.

The AFP added that they also have documents on the frequent conferences of Communist Party of the Philippines founder Joma Sison with the University of the Philippines. — Asher Cadapan Jr.

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PRRD declines to accept honorary doctorate degree offered by the University of the Philippines

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 20th, 2017

BOHOL, Philippines — During Wednesday’s security briefing for the ASEAN Summit in Tagbilaran, Bohol, President Rodrigo Duterte stressed that even when he was still mayor of Davao City, it has become a matter of personal and official policy for him not to accept awards.

“With due respect to the University of the Philippines, I do not accept even when I was mayor, di tayo tumatanggap [ I never accepted] as a matter of personal and official policy, I do not accept awards. To use the word reject is not good, I simply decline,” he said.

Thus, the President has declined the honorary doctorate degree being offered by the University of the Philippines Board of Regents.

The honorary doctorate degree is the highest academic honor given by the university to individuals who employs honor and excellence in their respective fields.

BOR co-chair and Commission on Higher Education head Patricia Licuanan said it is part of the up tradition to offer honorary degree to the sitting president of the country.

On Wednesday afternoon, students launched a protest against Duterte’s recognition.

They said he does not deserve the academic honor.

UP student regent Raoul Manuel said, “Dahil doon sa mga attacks ng Duterte regime sa rights of the Filipino people,  we believe na walang dangal ang ganoong mga actions of this regime in its first months in office.”

(Because of the attacks that the Duterte regime in the rights of the Filipino people, we believe that there is no honor in those actions of this regime in its first months in office.)

Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri and Sen. Richard Gordon said the granting of honorary degree to the President should not be an issue.

Sen. Gordon said, “Sa akin hayaan mo ginawa ng Board of Regents. They are responsible people,  I will not let it pass if napatunayan na may ginawang kalokohan si Pres. Duterte,  bawiin nila. I will not make any comment.”

(In my opinion let the board of regent do their stuff. They are responsible people, I will not let it pass if Pres. Duterte has really done something bad. Let them forfeit the award and I will not make any comment.)

While Senator Zubiri said, “Personally, I have nothing against it. Bilang an alumni of UP,  nakita naman po natin ang kanyang mga polisiya na maka-masa.”

(Personally, I have nothing against it. As an alumni of UP, I saw that Pres. Duterte’s policies are for the people.) — Joyce Balancio|UNTV News & Rescue

WATCH: Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte lashes out those who are saying Pres. Duterte don’t deserve the award

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