MANILA, Philippines – All UP campuses and units are now geared to start the school year in August.
In a referendum held on Monday, March 24, the UP Diliman university council (UC) voted 284-164, favoring the shift in the academic calendar of UP Diliman from June to August 2014. According to UP College of Arts and Letters professor Ramon Gulliermo, 8 abstained.
Diliman is the last of the UP constituents to decide on the calendar shift. Last February 6, the UP Board of Regents already approved on a pilot basis the shift of opening of classes for 7 campuses: UP Manila, UP Los Banos, UP Baguio, UP Visayas, UP Mindanao, UP Open University and UP college in Cebu.
“Dahil na-decision na yan ng UC [university council], ‘yun na ‘yung i-implement ngayong taon. Siyempre ‘yung aming job na lang is to observe it. Kasi more or less, this is a pilot, ang kalalabasan nito hindi imposible na maibalik sa dati,” Guillermo added.
(Because the decision was made by UC, that will be implemented this year. Of course, our job is to observe it. Because more or less, this is a pilot [implementation], the outcome will be, is it’s not impossible to revert to the previous [academic calendar].)
Composed of all assistant and full professors, the university council is considered the highest policymaking body in UP Diliman.
In an earlier statement, UP President Alfredo Pascual said that the shift is “part of the continuing efforts of UP to develop into a regional and global university and to maximize the opportunities offered by ASEAN integration and global educational partnerships.”
Prior the announcement of the university council, UP professors convened and discussed the advantages and disadvantages of shifting the academic calendar in a referendum arranged by the office of the chancellor. On the other hand, a survey was held to gather the instructors’ stand on the issue.
The decision of the University Council will be discussed and raised to the Board of Regents meeting on Thursday, March 27.
– with reports from Jee Geronimo and Raisa Serafica/Rappler.com