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The UPLB Graduate School

About the Graduate School

 

Graduate studies at UPLB aim to develop the ability of students in critical inquiry and independent research towards the advancement of knowledge and the development of professional leadership.

The Graduate School integrates and administers graduate programs in agriculture, forestry, the basic sciences, mathematics and statistics, development economics and management, agrarian studies and human ecology. It also caters to the increasing demand of graduate offering in other disciplines like agricultural engineering, land and water resources engineering, molecular biology and information technology, food science and technology, food and nutrition planning, and veterinary medicine.

 
 

Graduate programs at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) started as early as 1913 under the College of Agriculture. One graduate student of the College was awarded the degree of Master of Science in Agricultural Chemistry during that year. Graduate studies in the University of the Philippines was then supervised by the University Graduate Committee which administered the graduate programs of all the units of the University.

Realizing the need for more adequate instruction on the graduate level, the Board of Regents established the University Graduate School headed by the Dean on October 26, 1950. Under this set-up, the U.P. Graduate School administered the graduate program at Los Baños through a Sub-Committee for the Los Baños unit. The Dean of the College of Agriculture was the ex-officio chairman of this sub-committee. Within the next few years, the curricular offerings at Los Baños continued to expand and enrollment increased. To cope with the expansion, the Office of the Director of Graduate Studies was created in January 1970.

The field of higher education took a higher step on November 20, 1972 when Presidential Decree No. 58 was issued. This decree authorized the U.P. Board of Regents to establish a University of the Philippines System, including an autonomous University of the Philippines at Los Baños. Consequently, a full pledged and distinct UPLB Graduate School was established on December 21, 1972.

Graduate Studies at UPLB aim to develop the ability of students for critical inquiry and independent research towards the advancement of knowledge as well as to develop professional leadership. Besides paving the way to specialization in selected fields, graduate work is designed to encourage independent work and to promote research. Graduate students, therefore, are admitted to candidacy for a degree only after demonstrating distinct ability in graduate work.

The UPLB Graduate School integrates and administers graduate programs in agriculture, forestry, the basic sciences (e.g. biology and chemistry), mathematics and statistics, development economics and management, agrarian studies and human ecology. It also caters to the increasing demands for graduate offering in other disciplines like agricultural engineering, land and water resources engineering and agrometeorology. Graduate programs in food science and technology, food and nutrition planning and veterinary medicine are likewise offered. The graduate programs cover a wider array of specialization. However, the main thrust of the Graduate School offering is still in the agricultural and closely allied fields of specialization for it is these areas where the UPLB faculty is particularly strong and physical resources are adequate.

The UPLB graduate programs lead to any of the following degrees:
  • Master of Agriculture (MAgr)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master in Communication Arts (MCA)
  • Master of Forestry (MF)
  • Master of Information Technology (MIT)
  • Master of Management (MM)
  • Master of Professional Studies (MPS)
  • Master in Public Affairs (MPAf)
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Regular PhD
  • Straight PhD
  • PhD by Research

 

The UPLB Graduate School was established on 21 December 1972 to administer all graduate programs of the campus. At present, it offers 92 graduate degree programs, including the Straight PhD and PhD by Research programs. At present, only the UPLB Graduate School offers the MS in Wildlife Studies program in the country. Also, there are some areas of specialization in botany (plant systematics) and entomology (systematics, acarology and aphidology) which are unique to UPLB.

UPLB has strong graduate programs in Environmental Science, Community Development, Development Communications, Forestry, Agricultural Economics, and Agricultural Engineering, among others that consistently have a high rate of enrollment.

About 40% of those conferred graduate degrees at UPLB came from foreign countries. Many of them were from Asia, such as Thailand, Indonesia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Vietnam and China and many specialized along the areas of Agronomy, Agricultural Economics, Forestry, Nutrition Planning, Community Development, Animal Science and Soil Science. Many of these graduates are now holding key positions in their respective countries and are now in the forefront of development initiatives, policy formulation and implementation.

The UPLB Graduate School is a founding member of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources, launched on September 1989 through the initiative of SEARCA to foster collaborative efforts to enhance graduate education in agriculture, environment and natural resources in the region. As such, it shares resources and expertise, and engages in student/faculty exchange, and research fellowships with other members of the consortium namely Institut Pertanian Bogor (Indonesia), Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia), Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, Kasetsart University (Thailand), University of Queensland (Australia), University of British Columbia (Canada) and Tokyo University of Agriculture (Japan).

 
 
Graduate studies are supervised by about 500 graduate faculty members from the nine different colleges and one school of UPLB. It is headed by the dean who, with the assistance of the college secretary, implements the policies, rules, and regulations of the graduate faculty. The dean is advised by the Graduate Academic Advisory Council composed of the deans of the different colleges and the chairs of the standing committees of the Graduate School. Graduate students constitute about 10% of the student population.

Graduate programs at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) started as early as 1913 under the College of Agriculture. One graduate student of the College was awarded the degree of Master of Science in Agricultural Chemistry during that year. Graduate studies in the University of the Philippines was then supervised by the University Graduate Committee which administered the graduate programs of all the units of the University.

Realizing the need for more adequate instruction on the graduate level, the Board of Regents established the University Graduate School headed by the Dean on October 26, 1950. Under this set-up, the U.P. Graduate School administered the graduate program at Los Baños through a Sub-Committee for the Los Baños unit. The Dean of the College of Agriculture was the ex-officio chairman of this sub-committee. Within the next few years, the curricular offerings at Los Baños continued to expand and enrollment increased. To cope with the expansion, the Office of the Director of Graduate Studies was created in January 1970.

The field of higher education took a higher step on November 20, 1972 when Presidential Decree No. 58 was issued. This decree authorized the U.P. Board of Regents to establish a University of the Philippines System, including an autonomous University of the Philippines at Los Baños. Consequently, a full pledged and distinct UPLB Graduate School was established on December 21, 1972.

Graduate Studies at UPLB aim to develop the ability of students for critical inquiry and independent research towards the advancement of knowledge as well as to develop professional leadership. Besides paving the way to specialization in selected fields, graduate work is designed to encourage independent work and to promote research. Graduate students, therefore, are admitted to candidacy for a degree only after demonstrating distinct ability in graduate work.

The UPLB Graduate School integrates and administers graduate programs in agriculture, forestry, the basic sciences (e.g. biology and chemistry), mathematics and statistics, development economics and management, agrarian studies and human ecology. It also caters to the increasing demands for graduate offering in other disciplines like agricultural engineering, land and water resources engineering and agrometeorology. Graduate programs in food science and technology, food and nutrition planning and veterinary medicine are likewise offered. The graduate programs cover a wider array of specialization. However, the main thrust of the Graduate School offering is still in the agricultural and closely allied fields of specialization for it is these areas where the UPLB faculty is particularly strong and physical resources are adequate.

The UPLB graduate programs lead to any of the following degrees:
  • Master of Agriculture (MAgr)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master in Communication Arts (MCA)
  • Master of Forestry (MF)
  • Master of Information Technology (MIT)
  • Master of Management (MM)
  • Master of Professional Studies (MPS)
  • Master in Public Affairs (MPAf)
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Regular PhD
  • Straight PhD
  • PhD by Research

The UPLB Graduate School was established on 21 December 1972 to administer all graduate programs of the campus. At present, it offers 92 graduate degree programs, including the Straight PhD and PhD by Research programs. At present, only the UPLB Graduate School offers the MS in Wildlife Studies program in the country. Also, there are some areas of specialization in botany (plant systematics) and entomology (systematics, acarology and aphidology) which are unique to UPLB.

UPLB has strong graduate programs in Environmental Science, Community Development, Development Communications, Forestry, Agricultural Economics, and Agricultural Engineering, among others that consistently have a high rate of enrollment.

About 40% of those conferred graduate degrees at UPLB came from foreign countries. Many of them were from Asia, such as Thailand, Indonesia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Vietnam and China and many specialized along the areas of Agronomy, Agricultural Economics, Forestry, Nutrition Planning, Community Development, Animal Science and Soil Science. Many of these graduates are now holding key positions in their respective countries and are now in the forefront of development initiatives, policy formulation and implementation.

The UPLB Graduate School is a founding member of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources, launched on September 1989 through the initiative of SEARCA to foster collaborative efforts to enhance graduate education in agriculture, environment and natural resources in the region. As such, it shares resources and expertise, and engages in student/faculty exchange, and research fellowships with other members of the consortium namely Institut Pertanian Bogor (Indonesia), Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia), Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, Kasetsart University (Thailand), University of Queensland (Australia), University of British Columbia (Canada) and Tokyo University of Agriculture (Japan).

Graduate studies are supervised by about 500 graduate faculty members from the nine different colleges and one school of UPLB. It is headed by the dean who, with the assistance of the college secretary, implements the policies, rules, and regulations of the graduate faculty. The dean is advised by the Graduate Academic Advisory Council composed of the deans of the different colleges and the chairs of the standing committees of the Graduate School. Graduate students constitute about 10% of the student population.

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GS IN ACTION

 Source: UPLB website

The UPLB Graduate School marked milestones with the launching of two new masters-level degree programs and the celebration of its 42nd founding anniversary on December 1.

At the Thanksgiving Dinner-Fellowship held at the Graduate School multi-purpose hall, UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. led the launching of the Master of Science in Entomology, an off-campus program implemented in partnership with ANFLO Management and Investment Corporation (ANFLOCOR) in Panabo City, Davao del Norte. He also relaunched the Professional Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management (PM-TMEM), a joint program with the UP Marine Science Institute (MSI) of UP Diliman and UP Visayas.

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Article by Mark Jayson E. Gloria, UPLB website

UP President Alfredo E. Pascual enjoined the UPLB graduate education faculty to intensify the internationalization of graduate programs during the Graduate Faculty Conference on Feb. 15 at the Tagaytay International Convention Center. Pascual, who gave the keynote speech during the Conference, said that UP’s mandate as a research, graduate, and regional/global university are intertwined and interrelated. He also commended UPLB’s tradition of excellence as a graduate and research university, especially in agriculture, forestry, veterinary medicine, and biotechnology.

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Posted on March 4, 2015 by upweb_wordpress in In the News, Article by Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc, photos by Abraham Arboleda


Responding to the mandates officially spelled out in Republic Act 9500 or the new UP System Charter of 2008, which elects UP to be a research and graduate university, among other roles, the UP Los Baños Graduate School convened a faculty conference to plot the path of the school to the future. The conference titled “Responding to the Challenges of a Research and Graduate University” was held on February 15 and 16, 2015 at the Tagaytay International Convention Center. It was attended by around 260 participants consisting of junior and senior graduate faculty members, committee chairs of degree-granting units, college deans, institute directors, department chairs, and heads of UP campuses.

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What was once a silent and unoccupied area at the back of the Graduate School (GS) Building will soon become the site of a modern hub for graduate and international students of UPLB.

It will be called the Graduate School International Student and Cultural Center Building, as officially announced during the groundbreaking ceremony on Dec. 2.

UP System, UPLB, and Nagoya University bigwigs were present during the occasion, which served as one of the highlights of the School’s 43rd founding anniversary.

               UP President Alfredo E. Pascual and Vice-President for Legal Affairs Hector Danny D. Uy joined UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., Graduate School Dean Jose V. Camacho, Jr., and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Portia G. Lapitan in the traditional groundbreaking ceremonies. read more

UP and Nagoya University (NU), through President Alfredo E. Pascual and UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. and NU President Seiichi Matsuo, respectively, have inked an agreement for UPLB to host the Nagoya University Asian Satellite Campus (NUASC) through the UPLB Graduate School.

This agreement makes the Philippines the eighth country to host the NUASC through which the Transnational Doctoral Programs for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries will be implemented. This will enable Filipino doctoral candidates to enroll in NU doctoral programs without having to be physically present in Nagoya for the whole duration of the course.

The agreement was formalized at the Executive Conference Room in BM Gonzalez Hall, UPLB on Dec. 2. Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., dean, Graduate School and Dr. Fumio Isoda, director, Nagoya University Asian Satellite Campuses Institute, served as witnesses of the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA). read more

UPLB and Nagoya University (NU) formally opened the NU satellite campus in the Philippines and held the International Symposium on the Internationalization of Graduate Education at Acacia Hotel in Alabang, Muntinlupa City on March 8.

UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr.  said in his message during the opening program that to be a globally competitive research and graduate university, UPLB must pursue joint programs and collaborative activities with international academic and research institutions. He cited as an example the Philippines Transnational Ph.D. Program for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries being implemented by UPLB and NU.  

UP President Alfredo E. Pascual added that the program takes the University to a higher level and a step closer to being a globalized institution in terms of research and graduate education.  It will also allow experts to build lifelong partnerships with NU without leaving the country. He issued a challenge for UPLB to become a leader in global intellectual conversations of tomorrow. read more

The Graduate School (GS) and the College of Public Affairs and Development (CPAf), together with UP Mindanao, launched the Mindanao Development Studies Seminars (MDSS) on May 13-14 at UP Mindanao, Davao City. 


The MDSS aims to stimulate critical discussion about contemporary issues and challenges affecting the development of Mindanao. 


Dr. Portia G. Lapitan, vice chancellor for academic affairs who delivered a speech on behalf of Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. reiterated the importance of Mindanao in the development of the country. She expressed her hopes that through the MDSS, participants would gain a more thorough insight of the issues affecting Mindanao.

“It is also my hope that this seminar would pave the way for scholars to engage in further discourse about Mindanao’s key concerns and strive to influence national policies that would benefit the people of Mindanao,” she added. read more

 

The Graduate School will hold its Hooding and Recognition Ceremony on June 24 at the DL Umali Freedom Park. During this occasion, the students who will have finished their doctoral program will be conferred their degrees through a ceremony in which their academic regalia (hoods) would be put on them by their advisers and University officials led by Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr and Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., dean of the Graduate School.

The guest of honor and keynote speaker for this year’s ceremonies is Dr. Chamnian Yosraj, president of Maejo University in Thailand. Dr. Yosraj is a UPLB alumnus, having earned both his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Animal Science in 1983 and 1990, respectively. read more

The UPLB Graduate School (GS) held its 2016 Hooding and Recognition Ceremonies on June 24 at the DL Umali Freedom Park. Of the 279 graduates, 229 obtained master’s degrees and 50 earned doctorate degrees.

In his opening remarks, Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. expressed confidence that the graduates will exceed expectations around them. “UPLB has prepared you to become leaders who have the intellectual capacity and the heart to contribute to your respective communities,” he said.  He also encouraged the graduates to use the knowledge they gained from the University not only in pursuing academic and intellectual endeavors, but also in addressing social concerns. read more

“How do you thank your benefactors? How do you thank the Filipino taxpayers? How do you thank the Filipino people as a whole?” asked UP President Alfredo E. Pascual to the 2,245-strong UPLB Class of 2016 on June 25 at the DL Umali Freedom Park.

President Pascual was the keynote speaker during the 44th Commencement Exercises of UPLB that started at six o’clock in the morning, a deviation from the usual afternoon-to-evening ceremonies in the University. He was introduced by Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. read more

UPLB and Kobe University (KU) in Japan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly develop academic programs and projects that will benefit both in their instruction, research and training programs.

The MOU, which covers a 5-year period, was signed by KU President Hiroshi Takeda on March 23 in KU while UPLB chancellor, Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. signed it on April 21 at the BM Gonzalez Hall in UPLB. read more

UPLB, through the Graduate School (GS) and the College of Economics and Management (CEM) has launched the off-campus Master of Management program for employees of the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) at the DBM headquarters in Paco, Manila on Nov. 26.

PS-DBM has provided partial scholarships to its deserving employees who will be on the MMgt program that is being implemented by UPLB for continuing organizational development in the former. According to Atty. Tomas C. Syquia, executive director of PS-DBM, “to be the best, we must be taught by the best,” referring to the choice of UPLB as the partner institution. read me

In celebration of its 37th anniversary, the International Students Association (ISA), in cooperation with the International Student Services of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), staged its annual cultural night at the DL Umali Hall on Oct. 14.

According to Dr. Nina Cadiz, OSA director, the event was “meant to promote the welfare and cooperation of foreign students in UPLB and to promote the benefits of internationalization in a University” such as UPLB.

With the theme “Unifying Force for Global Community,” the event featured song and dance performances of students from the Philippines, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Nigeria. read more

In order to modernize pedagogy and equip faculty members with technology-mediated teaching strategies, the Interactive Learning Center (ILC) and Graduate School (GS) co-sponsored the workshop on Graduate Program Innovations: Hands-On Training on Blended Learning for faculty members on July 27-28, at the ILC Computer Laboratory, CAS Annex I Bldg.   

Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., GS dean, lauded the participants for attending the workshop despite the fact that they were on teacher’s leave. He said that since faculty members are in the forefront of the internalization efforts of the University and UPLB-GS has already embarked on off-campus offering, there is a need to conduct training programs on technology-mediated approaches that would help enhance the graduate programs of the University. read more

The UPLB Graduate School (GS) conducted its 2015 Hooding and Recognition Ceremonies on July 3 at the DL Umali Hall, conferring degrees on 48 Ph.D. and 212 masters candidates. It also gave recognition to its top five Ph.D. and masters candidates, and two recipients of special awards.

In his opening remarks, Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. advised the graduate students to actively participate in collaborative research activities that promote knowledge building and policy making, to publish their work, and serve the people. He further explained that as the ASEAN integration promotes mobility among faculty and students, it also presents UPLB an opportunity to pursue research and development policies in the region. read more

The Graduate School welcomes new staff officials to improve and strengthen its graduate services. On 15 November 2017, Dr. Mark Dondi M. Arboleda, former School Secretary since 2015, was officially appointed as Associate Dean; Dr. Aimee Lynn A. Barrion-Dupo as School Secretary; and Ms. Nanette A. Aquino as Assistant Secretary. Read more

Dr. Aimee Lynn Barrion-Dupo, Graduate School Secretary, was one of the 68 awardees of the UP Scientific Productivity System for CY 2017. 

The UP Scientific Productivity System (SPS) aims to support the development of science and technology; and encourage and reward scientific productivity. 

The nominees are evaluated according to the following: Scientific Productivity as measured by scientific publications, significant technological output and discoveries; Scientific Standing; and professional Standing

Visit http://ovpaa.up.edu.ph/up-scientific-productivity-system-2/ for more details on the UP Scientific Productivity System.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Official Graduate School page is https://www.facebook.com/UPLBGradSch/ . Information for the general public are usually posted there.

The Official UPLB Graduate Student's Group is https://www.facebook.com/groups/UPLBGradStudents/, a closed group for bonafide UPLB-GS Students only. Announcements and other useful information aimed for students are posted there. All GS students are encouraged to join the group.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

POSTINGS

Dr. Mark Dondi M. Arboleda takes-over as secretary of UPLB Graduate School effective March 4, 2015.

He succeeds Dr. Willie P. Abasolo who was appointed by the UP Board of Regents as the new dean of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources on March 3, 2015.

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The 43rd Commencement Exercises of UPLB will be held on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at the D.L. Umali Freedom Park in front of the D.L. Umali HAll (UPLB Auditorium).

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