UPOU gathers experts in ASEAN to thicken the discourse on and advance the field of ASEANology.

The International Symposium on ASEAN Studies (ISAS) was held on 24 February 2015 at the UPOU CCDL Auditorium, bringing together ASEAN academicians and experts to talk about ASEANology and promote the community of scholars on ASEAN.

Guided by the theme "Our ASEAN: Cultivating the Field," delegates from the 10 ASEAN member states participated in the whole day event to thicken the discourse on three sub-themes: Our History, Culture and Religion; Our Social, Economic and Political Community; and Our Geography & Natural Resources.

Keynote speakers and discussants were assigned under each sub-theme. Dr. Grace Javier Alfonso, Chancellor of UP Open University, delivered the first keynote speech entitled "Capturing Orality and Visuality for eResearch, eTeaching and eLearning as Framework for Art in ASEAN." She showed how the Open and Distance eLearning framework allowed her to teach art as a phenomenon to be experienced in the course Art in the ASEAN (ASEAN 222), which she handles under UPOU's Master of ASEAN Studies program.

Ms. Elaine Tan, Executive Director of the ASEAN Foundation, presented "ASEAN Identity through Arts and Culture." With Prof. Joefe Santarita moderating the first sub-theme, participants were able to share their thoughts on ASEAN in art, history, culture and religion and their implications on regional identities.

For the second sub-theme, a video interview of Prof. Luhulima of Universitas Terbuka was shown. The video captured ASEAN from the perspective of a member of an economic community. The video presentation was followed by presentations from four discussants. President Le Van Thanh of Hanoi Open University shared how Vietnam was able to gain its independence. Prof. Ramli Bin Bahroom of the Open University of Malaysia discussed Malaysia's Vision 2020. Dr. Sylvano D. Mahiwo of the University of the Philippines Diliman explained ASEANology. Dr. Maragtas Amante, UP System Vice-President for Administration, shared his comprative study of ASEAN labor and industrial relations. Prof. Rolando Talampas of UP Diliman moderated this session.

The third sub-theme on Geography and Natural Resources was moderated by Dr. Consuelo Habito of UP Open University. President Chailerd Pichitpornchai, President of Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, presented how Thailand's geography and resources affect the different aspects of the Thai people's lives. Dr. Inocencio Buot, Dean of the UPOU Faculty of Management and Development Studies, discussed the richness of ASEAN's geography and natural resources and as a result, not a single ASEAN citizen should go hungry. Prof. Atwi Suparman's keynote presentation was entitled "ASEAN is Our Big Family," which delved into the importance of collaborative offering of educational programs to foster the ASEAN spirit.

ISAS was organized by UPOU in cooperation with the University of the Philippines System and the UPOU Foundation, Inc. (Anna Cañas-Llamas)

UPOU's Faculty of Education to offer free online bridge courses in Math, English, and Online Learning Skills.

The Faculty of Education (FEd) of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) is offering free online bridge courses in Math, English, and Online Learning Skills as FEd’s contribution to UPOU’s 20th anniversary celebrations in 2015.

The free online bridge courses, which will run for 4-5 weeks, will open on 14 March 2015. This course opening falls on Open Education Week 2015, which is organized by the Open Education Consortium to celebrate the global open education movement.

The online bridge courses are:

Bridge Math @UPOU

A four-week course to improve the participants’ foundation skills in Mathematics

Bridge English @UPOU

A four-week course to review writing mechanics and grammar in English to prepare for English Communication at the college level

Online Learning Skills @UPOU

A five-week course focusing on developing study skills for effective online learning in a distance education context

The online bridge courses are offered initially to applicants to UPOU’s undergraduate programs in 2014 and 2015. The courses will be offered to the general public in subsequent offerings. (AKMarcial)

UPOU prioritizes gender and development with the establishment of the Office of Gender Concerns and the Gender Focal Point System.

The UP Open University’s proposal to institutionalize the UPOU Gender Focal Point System and Office of Gender Concerns was finally approved by the UP Board of Regents (BOR) on its 1302nd Meeting on October 30, 2014.

The proposal entails transforming the existing Committee on Gender Concerns (CGC) into a policy advisory Gender and Development Executive Committee (GAD ExeCom), establishing the Office of Gender Concerns (OGC), and bringing all units of the university in to participate in the university’s Gender and Development initiatives.

The CGC was created in 2001 to deal with the prevention of or respond to cases or incidents of sexual harassment in the university. Since then, the committee has expanded its mandate to include gender advocacy and gender mainstreaming. The CGC has initiated gender mainstreaming activities such as film festivals, awareness campaigns, gender fora and gender sensitivity training for the faculty, staff and students in the hope of removing gender stereotypes, expectations and perceptions that tend to box men and women in, while mainstreaming gender lens in the teaching and research functions of the university.

With OGC’s creation and the appointment of its Director, Assistant Prof. Finaflor F. Taylan of the Faculty of Management and Development Studies, a more rigorous set of activities are being planned in the areas of administration, instruction, research and extension. Now more than ever, there is a need to bring forth, analyze and engage with various gender-related issues not only in the physical world but also in the cyberspace, given that UPOU is the cyber campus of the UP system. (Fides Marie Dela Cruz)

UPOU celebrates the past and looks into the future as it marks its 20th year.

The UP Open University is turning 20 on 23 February 2015. This year’s theme will be "OURevolution," which is a celebration of UPOU’s evolution as an open university and reaffirmation of its commitment to making quality education more accessible to more people in the years to come.

UPOU's 20th Anniversary will be a yearlong celebration that will involve several activities. First on the list is the 1st International Symposium on ASEAN Studies (ISAS) on 24 February 2015, which will be participated in by experts and delegates from the 10 country states of ASEAN.

The anniversary dinner and program will be held on the night of 24 February at the UPOU Headquarters and will be highlighted by the launch of the yearlong anniversary activities, release of the book “Through their Voices, Through the Years: Thought Papers of UPOU Chancellors,” and recognition of UPOU partners.

UPOU has also reserved a special day to express its appreciation to its workforce. The UPOU Family Day will be held on 26 February. Service, Professorial Chair, and Gawad Chancellor Awards will be distributed to deserving people who have proven themselves loyal and outstanding members of the university.

Other activities scheduled for the rest of the year include UPOU’s Team Building and Wellness Celebration dubbed “Usaping Pangkalusugan sa Open University ” and the Launch of the MOOC on Inter-local Cooperation in March; the International Wood Culture Celebration in April; All UP Day in May; UPOU’s Alay ng UP sa Community in June which will include the inauguration of the UPOU Community Hub, the Opening of the Museum Exhibit and the Senior and Kid’s Corner; “Wiki Wika: Filipino sa Panahon ng Digital” Forum in August; Launch of “Pass Mo, Pass Ko” in September; the October Film Fest; the Organic Fair and the launch of the book entitled “UPOU Stories: People and Events” in November; the culmination of “Pass Mo, Pass Ko” in December; and the ODL Excellence Award in January 2016.

The past two decades have given UP Open University innumerable achievements to celebrate about. As UPOU celebrates its 20th Anniversary, the UPOU shall never cease to continue to evolve and revolutionize open and distance e-learning to be able to continuously serve the constantly changing needs of lifelong learners in the country and beyond.

As the multiple readings of its 20th anniversary theme suggest: OU revolution. Our evolution. OUR Revolution.

The International Symposium on ASEAN Studies (ISAS), being organized by the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) supported by the University of the Philippines System through its Office of International Linkages (OIL), will be held on 24 February 2015 at the CCDL Auditorium, UPOU Campus, Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines.

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The Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS), UP Open University (UPOU) is one of the partners in the recently concluded Asia Pacific Conference on Human Ecology of Island Resiliency and Sustainability (APCHEIRS). The conference was held on November 27-28, 2014 at the Acacia Hotel, Filinvest, Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

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A student of the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS), UP Open University, Antonio C. Antonio, is one of the awardees to the Save me Movement Search for the Ten Outstanding Movers of the Philippines (TOMP) 2015, Champion of Life and Heroes of the Environment Award.

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