About UP

The University of the Philippines is the country’s national university. By any measure, it is one of the most influential institutions in the country.

Established in 1908, it has built a reputation as a university that produces scientific and artistic outputs which have received national and international recognition. Surviving global wars, colonial occupations, civil rights struggles and cultural upheavals, economic downturns and upsurges, UP has played a role in shaping the nation’s political and social consciousness. Ultimately, it has helped shape and define the national identity.

From a small campus in old Manila with only seven colleges, it has grown into seven constituent universities and one autonomous college located in 14 campuses throughout the Philippine archipelago.

UP prides itself in its academic excellence, outstanding research and public service. Its constituent universities offer 240 undergraduate and 402 graduate programs. No other academic institution in the country can match the scope and range of the University’s course offerings which include almost all disciplines and embrace all interests and inclinations. Almost 26.6 percent of the faculty have doctorate degrees and 36.2 percent have master’s degrees.

UP’s student population of almost 52,000 thrives in the liberal atmosphere that is an integral part of the tradition of a UP education. UP graduates have become the country’s leaders in education, politics and governance, business, law, sciences, the arts and several other disciplines.

To date, 36 out of 37 National Scientists in fields as diverse as history, engineering, physics, agriculture, biophysical chemistry, psychology, medicine, plant physiology, genetics and cytogenetics are from UP. In this age of technological breakthroughs, UP leads in the exploration of “emerging fields” in science and technology. The overarching goal is to identify high-priority, cutting-edge technologies where the University can make a difference, with applications in Materials, Biotechnology, Pervasive Computing, and Measurement and Instrumentation. In support of these fields the University’s scientists are breaking new ground in bio-fuels, pharmaceuticals, robust crops, new vaccines, cutting-edge microchips, early warning systems for disasters, energy efficient sensors and instruments, and nanomaterials. These applications have a significant effect on production in key sectors of the country.

Because of UP’s leadership in science and technology, the Philippine President signed Executive Order No. 583 in 2006 which established the National Science Complex at the University.  UP was also at the forefront of the establishment of the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) consortium which was given a P3.5-billion budget by the national government in 2007.

But UP’s strength does not lie in its scientific pursuits alone. Thirty-four out of 57 National Artists are from UP. They are recognized for outstanding achievements in literature, visual arts, music, dance, theater, film and architecture.

UP has also sustained an exemplary record in professional licensure examinations in the law, accounting, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, chemistry, geology, engineering, environmental planning, education, library science, social work, nutrition and dietetics, interior design, architecture, fisheries and agriculture, among many others.

Internationally recognized as the leading educational institution in the country, UP is the only Philippine university in the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) where membership is based on the nomination and votes of member universities. UP is also the only Philippine university in the ASEAN-European University Network (ASEA-UNINET), a network of universities offering comprehensive graduate degree programs. It is a founding member of and is one of only three Philippine universities in the ASEAN University Network (AUN).

The university currently has 266 international linkages with institutions from 27 countries.


Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs and Director, Office of Alumni Relations
Dr. Jose Wendell P. Capili