UP President Emerlinda Roman

UP President Emerlinda Roman

At the 2009 General Commencement Exercises at U.P., Diliman, the following was part of the Graduation Message of UP President Emerlinda Roman:

“To you, the batch of 2009, I say now: UP is flawed, as all human institutions are; but it remains the best that your country can offer. And a UP education was offered to you as a gift from the Filipino people, in recognition of your own gifts and your willingness to submit to a discipline — both intellectual and physical — more demanding than what you might have found elsewhere.

Use it now to good purpose. Use it honestly, and humbly, and bravely. Use it to help others rise above the poverty of their circumstances and the narrowness of their imaginations. Use it in the service of a country that will require every man and woman to do more than their best if it is to survive in these troubled times.”


In a Keynote Speech “UP System Conference on UP as a Public Service University” by Marvic M.V.F. Leonen (Professor and Dean, UP College of Law) at the Malcolm Theater, UP Dilman on December 2, 2009, we had to be reminded about something very basic to U.P.:

[Republic Act No. 9500, Section 3.]  Purpose of the university—As the national university, a public and secular institution of higher learning, and a community of scholars dedicated to the search for truth and knowledge as well as the development of future leaders, the University of the Philippines shall perform its unique and distinctive leadership in higher education and development…

My view might be myopic, coz I’ve just recently (miraculously!) defended my PhD dissertation and I shall be conferred such longed-for (long-awaited!) degree this April 25th 🙂 but all throughout my PhD studies I saw and felt the constant support, received from the administration of Dr. Roman, for what is truly important for a University to be truly world-class: excellence in RESEARCH.  The PhD program in UP –although I must admit it is truly difficult– indeed trains students and hones their skills in RESEARCH: all the works, from Literature Review to the crafting of the THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK (important!) to the Data Gathering to the Empirical Analysis to the actual writing of the paper…hopefully to get that paper PUBLISHED in a reputable journal. 🙂 I think the present administration understands all this well, and has exerted every effort to give it a push.  Part of the effort exerted was the gathering (the begging!) of funds to finance all that RESEARCH, both present and future.  I understand that a big chunk of the funds received during the CENTENNIAL YEAR is earmarked for this purpose, i.e, to make of us a community of scholars dedicated to the search for truth and knowledge as well as the development of future leaders. I can only say: KUDOS! to the administration of President Emerlinda Roman!


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