‘UP Cebu must benefit the public’

As her investiture as University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu’s first chancellor drew near, lawyer Liza Corro reflected on the new constituent university’s place in the community.

“We should not be closed in on ourselves,” Corro said in an interview.

“Our mandate as the University of the Philippines is not just teaching and research. It also includes public service.”

With her investiture on Monday, April 3, 2017, Corro said she envisions a UP Cebu with more research centers that benefit the community, internationalized students, and pedagogical tools in aid of learning and teaching.

Community service

The chancellor recounted UP Cebu’s most important achievements in public service.

“In a very short span of time, we were able to establish the shared service facilities,” she said.

“These did not just limit the university to the teachers and students, but also opened it to the community.”

The facilities include the Technology Business Incubator (TBI), Digital Media Production Center, Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab), Go Negosyo Center, and Coworking Space.

TBI is a space made available by UP Cebu and the Department of Trade and Industry where entrepreneurs are encouraged to start enterprises based on technology.

The Digital Media Production Center is a music production laboratory.

The Fabrication Laboratory attached to the College of Communication, Art, and Design houses advanced technologies in product design.

Go Negosyo Center provides access to services for micro, small, and medium enterprises. Coworking Space provides shared working space.

Coming of age

As UP Cebu opened community programs, it also went through the process of becoming a constituent university of the UP System.

“It was not an overnight process,” she said. “It was long and laborious. We even experienced meeting on at least three days just to reach our target.”

Corro crafted the proposal and consulted stakeholders to determine what UP Cebu will be as a constituent university.

The proposal was submitted to the University Council, UP’s Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and President’s Advisory Council for endorsement.

Previously a campus of UP in the Visayas, UP Cebu was designated an autonomous unit on Sept. 24, 2010.

It became a constitudent university of the UP System on Oct. 27, 2016 upon the UP Board of Regents’ approval of the endorsed proposals.

This means UP Cebu now shares equal status with other constituent universities of the system such as UP Diliman, Manila, Baguio, Los Baños, Open University, Visayas and Mindanao.

“A lot of government agencies are not yet aware that UP Cebu is a constituent University,” Corro said.

“The investiture is a way of letting everyone know that we are a Constituent University.”

Public’s witness

The investiture rite with UP System’s president, Danilo Concepcion starts 4:15 p.m. at the UP Cebu Performing Arts Hall in Lahug, Cebu City.

The guest list includes former UP president Alfredo Pascual, members of the UP Board of Regents, the university’s vice presidents, chancellors and vice chancellors of the UP System’s constituent universities and the leaders of University of San Carlos, University of Cebu and Shu-Te University in Taiwan.

The honorary consuls of South Korea and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, representatives of Cabinet departments, members of the Philippine Congress, Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide and other officials will also witness the event./WRITER MICHAEL ANGELO ALEGRE, EDITING BY UP CEBU PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE

MAKING IT OFFICIAL. Lawyer Liza Corro will take her oath of office as the first chancellor of UP Cebu on April 3, 2017. UP Cebu classes will be suspended starting at noon to enable the university community to fully participate in the event that will be witnessed by guests from abroad, the government, various schools and the industries (FILE PHOTO/WAYNE MATTHEW MARTE, UP CEBU PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE).

MAKING IT OFFICIAL. Lawyer Liza Corro will take her oath of office as the first chancellor of UP Cebu on April 3, 2017. UP Cebu classes will be suspended starting at noon to enable the university community to fully participate in the event that will be witnessed by guests from abroad, the government, various schools and the industries (FILE PHOTO/WAYNE MATTHEW MARTE, UP CEBU PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE).