UPLB Chancellor vows curriculum reforms, more scholarships this year

May 28, 2012 12:38 am 

LOS BANOS, Laguna, May 27 – University of the Philippines Chancellor Dr. Rex Victor O. Cruz vowed to implement curricular reforms in the state-owned university here, including offering more scholarships to poor but deserving students this year.

In a briefing with thousands of new enrollees on Saturday, Cruz said his administration aimed to improve the UPLB faculty profile, teaching and research facilities, student housing, and internet connection and utilities in the campus.

The UPLB Chancellor said the University needed to increase its productivity in terms of scientific output, and responsive and relevant research.

To achieve his administration’s development agenda, Cruz said he had initiated preparatory actions for income-generating projects, especially from the University’s land endowments like developing the sprawling campus in Los Banos and its hundreds of hectares land in Quezon province, some parts of which have been planted to different tree species and varieties of fruit-bearing trees.

In terms of personnel welfare, the Chancellor said his administration also aimed to maintain a supportive and facilitative work environment through a balanced workload for teachers, instructors and professors, as well as competitive rewards and incentive packages, and put in place a responsive monitoring and maintenance system for University facilities.

He noted that this year the UPLB graduated 1,744 of its students; 1,500 finished undergraduate programs while 191 and 53 finished Master's and Ph.D. programs, respectively. Of the 1,500 who completed their Bachelor's degrees, only Landycel C. Mijares, BS Food Technology, finished summa cum laude, while nine and 118 graduated magna cum laude and cum laude, respectively. (PNA)<b>RMA/CTB

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