RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE CALL OF U.P. PRESIDENT FOR THE UPAA AND THE ALUMNI TO HELP U.P. CREATE ITS PATH TO THE FUTURE

WHEREAS, during the 2014 UP Alumni Council meeting held on June 20, 2014, the U.P. President urged and implored the UPAA and the alumni to show the way to help UP create its path to the future by thinking of ways, listening to new voices and reframing the problems faced in new ways:

WHEREAS, consistent with this call, the UP President reported the significant changes and initiative undertaken since the start of his term to make UP a great university which, among others, are as follows:

1. Revision of UP’s Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program (STFAP) to make it more responsive to the needs of students;

2. In order to strengthen UP’s thrust toward internationalization, UP’s academic calendar was changed to synchronize with the calendars of its regional and international partners;

3. Liberalization of student loans and revision of certain provisions of the University Code to facilitate enrollment and continuation of studies despite financial difficulties;

4. Review of admission policy to identify and recruit the best and brightest students wherever they are;

5. Offering programs to encourage academic excellence and support faculty development and specialization;

6. For UP to lead in open education through eLearning, pedagogy was modernized through massive online open courses;

7. Making U.P. a worthy investment as proven by the significant change in its budget from a zero capital outlay to an outlay of a billion pesos;

8. Implementation of the flagship project Green U.P. by making campuses and infrastructure more environment friendly;

9. Establishment of campuses that bring professional schools closer to the central business districts of major urban cities;

10. Using idle lands of U.P. as revenue generating projects; and

11. As a public service university, Tulong U.P. project was initiated for Typhoon Yolanda victims.

WHEREAS, for UP’s greatness, the UPAA and alumni are encouraged to take part in the change and renewal espoused and advocated by the UP President;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that to help U.P. create its path for the future, UPAA find new ways of growing, new ways of doing what is best and new ways of reaching out in the service of the country.