UP to train new batch of Filipino satellite makers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 24, 2020   •   273

The University of the Philippines (UP) will be training the second batch of Filipino satellite builders under the Space Science and Technology Proliferation through University Partnerships or STeP-UP Program.

The university’s Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (EEEI) will train them to apply their knowledge in launching Maya 5 and Maya 6. The first batch used the knowledge they gained to create the first locally built nano- or cube satellites, Maya 3 and 4.

UP College of Engineering Dean Ferdinand G. Manegdeg said the satellites can contribute considerably to the country’s economic, territorial, and disaster risk reduction efforts.

“Though it is very much smaller than its predecessors, its importance to communication and disaster-related concerns is not diminished. Saying that these nanosatellites are essential to the economy is an understatement,” he said.

The scholars include Gio Asher Tagabi from Quezon City; Chandler Timm Doloriel from Surigao del Norte; 2nd Lt. Genesis Remocaldo from Clark Air Base Pampanga; Anna Ruth Alvarez from Misamis Oriental; Angela Clarisse Chua from Manila; Joseph Jonathan Co from Valenzuela City; Ronald Collamar from Bulacan; and, Khazmir Camille Valerie Macaraeg from Quezon City. -AAC

UP to start accepting online application for freshmen on Jan. 7

Robie de Guzman   •   December 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Online applications for freshmen for Academic Year 2021-2022 will start on January 7, 2021, the University of the Philippines (UP) announced on Friday.

The UP management said first year applicants will not take UP College Admissions Test (UPCAT), which was earlier canceled by university authorities due to COVID-19.

Instead, they will undergo assessment after the evaluation of their high school records. Applicants will be notified if they need to undergo additional assessment or other requirements.

To apply, applicants shall accomplish Form 1 (Personal Data Sheet) electronically and upload their photo and electronic signature.

UP encouraged applicants to use secure email accounts, preferably with two-step verification to better protect their right to data privacy. However, it is not requiring applicants to use accounts with two-step verification, as some applicants may not have full access to devices and/or internet connectivity.

High Schools, for their part, are requested to accomplish Form 2 (High School Records) on behalf of the applicants.

“While UP encourages online accomplishment and submission, it is cognizant of technological limitations and will continue to coordinate with concerned high schools for alternative modes of submission,” it said.

The university said it post details on how to accomplish the forms on its online portal. The link to the online portal will be made available on or before January 7.

The deadline for submission of applications is Monday, February 15, 2021.

UP advised the public to get their information about the online submission of applications only from the UP Office of Admissions to prevent the spread of misinformation.

UP community unfazed by Duterte’s ‘defunding’ threats

Marje Pelayo   •   November 18, 2020

Photo courtesy: Philippine Collegian

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte warned to cut funding of state-owned University of the Philippines (UP) if it persists in recruiting students to join the communist group.

“Maghinto kayo ng aral. We will stop funding. Wala nang ginawa ang mga (ito) kundi mag-recruit ng mga komunista diyan. Tapos nag-aaral kayo kung gusto ninyong bira-bira ang gobyerno. Masyado namang maka-swerte kayo (Stop schooling. We will stop funding. All you do is recruit communist members. You go to school then attack the government. You’re too privileged),” the President said.

Despite this, the University of the Philippines Student Council seems unfazed and according to its council chairman Froilan Cariaga, they will push even more for the early termination of the current semester.

“Duterte’s threats to defund UP ignore the very reason UP is calling for the end of the semester,” Cariaga said in a statement.

About 234 faculty members and over 3,000 students have already signed the petition to ‘end the semester immediately,’ — a call for academic relief following the damage caused by the recent typhoons to the remote learning system in several areas in the country and the impact of the prevailing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

As for the students of the Ateneo de Manila, the President advised them to just stop schooling if they want after launching an academic strike.

Several students refused to submit any school requirements since Wednesday (November 18) in condemnation of what they claimed as the national government’s “neglectful response” to typhoon-affected communities and the COVID-19 situation in the country.

Huwag kayong pumasok (Then don’t go to school). I suggest to you, stop schooling. You wait for another typhoon and see if the help that we extend is enough to your satisfaction,” President Duterte said.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, meanwhile, said he explained to the president that the proponents of the academic strike were Ateneans and not the members of the UP community.

“He also, I think, somehow confused the proponents of this academic strike. I explained it was the Ateneo students advocating the academic strike,” he concluded. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

No UPCAT for next school year amid COVID-19 pandemic

Robie de Guzman   •   November 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The University of the Philippines (UP) on Tuesday announced it will not hold its annual UP College Admission Test (CAT) for the incoming school year of 2021-2022 amid the continuing threat of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

 “The University Councils (UCs) of the eight constituent universities (CUs) of the University of the Philippines System, as the highest academic bodies of the CUs, unanimously decided that there will be no UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) for the intake of first year students in Academic Year 2021-2022,” the university posted on its website.

Citing an October 30 memorandum from the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, it said the University councils of the CUs “unanimously voted not to administer UPCAT in light of logistical issues in the paper-and-pencil testing of about 100,000 17-year-old applicants.”

“Taking into account the uncertain trajectory and uneven spread of COVID-19 in different parts of the Philippines, majority of the UC members did not deem it feasible to administer the usual UPCAT involving around 1,600 testing personnel deployed to 94 testing centers throughout the archipelago,” it added.

The same memorandum also stated that majority of the UC members did not consider an online UPCAT examination feasible either “primarily due to the length of the exam and variety of items that would require a consistently strong Internet connection to download within the time allotted for examinees to answer.”

“Instead, the UP Office of Admissions (OAdms) is currently modifying the admissions system for the next intake year,” the university said on its Twitter account.

These modifications include the use of big data analytics to arrive at a UP admission score model, which the OAdms, together with other concerned offices, is currently developing, as well as the determination by academic units of an additional layer of screening for particular programs, if deemed necessary.

The university said OAdms has set the start of the application period in December 2020, but the exact date has yet to be announced.

It also advised applicants for academic year 2021-2022 to “watch out for further announcements from the OAdms” via its website and official social media pages.

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