University of Asia and the Pacific
Pamantasan ng Asya at Pasipiko
Seal of University of Asia and the Pacific.svg
Latin: Universitas Asiae et Pacificarum
Former names
Center for Research and Communication (CRC)(1967-1995)
MottoUnitas (Latin)
Motto in English
Unity of Life
TypePrivate Nonsectarian Research Non-profit Coeducational Higher education institution
EstablishedAugust 15, 1967
(54 years and 281 days)
FounderJesus Estanislao
Bernardo Villegas
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic
(Opus Dei)
Academic affiliations
PACUCOA
ChairmanPlacido L. Mapa, Jr.
ChancellorFernando Ocáriz Braña
PresidentWinston Conrad B. Padojinog
Vice-presidentBernardo Villegas
Administrative staff
Approx. 330
UndergraduatesApprox. 2,400
PostgraduatesApprox. 200
Location
Pearl Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig
, ,
Philippines
University hymn"Star of the Orient"
ColorsRed   and   Gold
NicknameDragons
Sporting affiliations
MNCAA WNCAA
Websitewww.uap.asia

The University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) is a private university in the Philippines. It traces its beginnings to the Center for Research and Communication (CRC), which was established on August 15, 1967, as a private think-tank that conducted economic and social research and offered graduate courses in economics.[1]

The spiritual and doctrinal formation given in the university is entrusted to Opus Dei, a Personal prelature of the Catholic Church.

History

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On August 15, 1967,[2] a non-profit private research center was formally established by economists Dr. Bernardo Villegas and Dr. Jesus P. Estanislao, who would later be appointed Finance Secretary during the presidency of Corazon Aquino. It served as a "think tank" for private sector businesses and a provider of economics training programs.[3]

After this formal establishment, CRC set up its offices in a rented facility along Jorge Bocobo Street in Malate, Manila.[2] Prior to this, the CRC's first office was at offices of the United Coconut Authority of the Philippines, a private organization of coconut producers, then headed by Ambassador Jose V. Romero Jr. who served as its executive director.[4][5]

The transformation of CRC into a university was inspired by a private meeting in Mexico between the founder of Opus Dei, Msgr. Josemaría Escrivá, and the founders of CRC in 1970. The meeting encouraged Estanislao and Villegas to expand the institution's horizons internationally, which resulted to its first graduate program, the Masters in Industrial Economics.[3]

CRC then moved to its current campus in Ortigas Center, Pasig, with established formal and informal programs in 1982. A year later, the Center for Food and Agribusiness was established. Then in 1987, CRC was reminded by Bishop Álvaro del Portillo to establish a university. This resulted to the Institute of Development Education; the foundation for the School of Education.

On March 19, 1989, the College of Arts and Sciences was established and admitted its first batch of 158 college students. The center finally gained its university status on June 26, 1995, with Dr. Estanislao as its first University President and Fr. Ramon Lopez, the regional Vicar of Opus Dei for Asia, as its Vice Grand Chancellor.

Timeline

1996

1997

1998

2000

2005

2008

2010

2013

2016

2017

Administration and organization

Presidents of the
University of Asia and the Pacific
Dr. Jesus Estanislao, 1995–1997
Dr. Mario Camacho, 1997–2000
Dr. Jose Maria Mariano, 2000–2015
Dr. Winston Conrad Padojinog, 2015–present

The university is made up of a college offering liberal arts courses as core curriculum and seven schools of varied specializations.[citation needed]

A Board of Trustees, chaired by Dr. Placido Mapa Jr., takes care of the UA&P Foundation, Inc. Under it is the Management Committee, presided by University President Jose Maria Mariano, which is the university's governing body. It was formed to steer the university in the path set out for it. It makes sure that all plans, activities and projects undertaken advance the mission, goals and values of the university. [8]

Campus

Ortigas Campus

The Ortigas Campus has 5 buildings: Administration & Library Building (ALB), College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), Development Communications Building (DCB), APEC Communications Building (ACB), Parking and Sports Building (PSB) and 1 residential building.[citation needed]

Academic programs

The university offers 15 undergraduate degrees and 11 graduate degrees. It also offers 2 fast-track Master's programs: 5-Year Program (5YP), which is offered to incoming College (Freshman) students that allows them to earn a master's degree in just 5 years; and 6-Year Integrated Program (6YP), which is offered to incoming Junior College (Senior High School) students that allows them to earn a master's degree in just 6 years.[citation needed]

UA&P's academic programs operate on a semester calendar beginning in early August and ending in mid-May. Since 1998, students are graded in increments of 0.25, from 3.00 (failing grade) to 1.00.[9] Undergraduate students and students under the fast-track Master's program may graduate with latin honors depending on their graduating GWA. For students of stand alone graduate programs, they may graduate with High Distinction or with Distinction.[10]

University of Asia and the Pacific Academic Awards
Undergraduate Latin Honors Graduate Academic Awards
Summa Cum Laude 1.10 - 1.00 with High Distinction 1.20 - 1.00
Magna Cum Laude 1.30 - 1.11 with Distinction 1.50 - 1.21
Cum Laude 1.31 - 1.50

Student life

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Student Government

The College of Arts and Sciences Student Executive Board is the executive office with the largest scope of functions and student body.

The two other student government branches in UA&P are dedicated in serving students in the Entrepreneurial Management and Information Technology programs.

As of 2012, the SEB has been called the USG (University Student Government).

Student organizations

Kultura (Filipino term for "culture") is an arts center based in the university that organizes arts galleries and exhibitions, theater performances and concerts. It also moderates student-led arts organizations such as Dulaang ROC, Creative Writers' Guild, I-SA Dance Crew, ViARE and the UA&P Chorale to name a few.

The Office of Student Affairs' civics desk holds the annual youth conference Civitas Asia and the BIGGKAS project which extends tutorial sessions to local public schools. The desk also supports student organizations with socio-civic aims and activities.

Athletics

The university competes in the Men's National Collegiate Athletics Association (MNCAA) and the Women's National Collegiate Athletics Association (WNCAA). The university supports teams in basketball, futsal, volleyball, handball, tennis, badminton, swimming, arnis, taekwondo, aikido, karate, table tennis and athletics.

In December 2008, the men's futsal team won the championship cup in the MNCAA.[citation needed]

In October 2009, the women's basketball and volleyball[11] teams won the championship titles in the WNCAA.[12]

In February 2012, the UA&P Firestarters, the university's all-female cheerdance varsity, grabbed the WNCAA cheerdance competition gold.


Student Achievements

Virtus is the UA&P Competition League, an association of the University's academic competing teams. It consists of FORUM: The UA&P Debate Society, Aureum: The UA&P Case Competition Pool, Odyssey: The UA&P Junior College Competition Pool, Citadel: The UA&P Investment Society, Minerva: The UA&P Public Policy Delegation, Trivium: The UA&P English Olympiad, Icarus: The UA&P STEAM Team, and the UA&P Model United Nations. It has led numerous student achievements including:

Notable Achievements

Date Competition Award Team
August 2020 University of Pennsylvania Consult for America Case Competition 2020[13] World Finalist and 4th Place
  • Jose Olaes Genson II
  • Ethan Gabriel Lee
  • Josh Cody Ong
  • Scott Gabriel Tiamson
September 2020 ASEAN-Australian Youth Summit Case Competition[14] First Runner-Up
  • Ethan Gabriel Lee
  • Josh Cody Ong
  • Scott Gabriel Tiamson
  • Catherine Beatrize Salazar
November 2020 League of Learners National Case Competition[15] Enterprise Resource Planning Champion
  • Anna Maria Grio
  • Ethan Gabriel Lee
  • Josh Cody Ong
  • Regina Maria Padojinog
  • Scott Gabriel Tiamson
July 2021 Harvard Policy for the People Researchathon[16] Environment Champion
  • Ethan Gabriel Lee
  • Scott Gabriel Tiamson
  • Catherine Beatrize Salazar
  • Regina Maria Padojinog
  • Ronan Victor Salting
Healthcare Honorable Mention
  • Earl Harry Bea
  • Gabrielle Carreon
  • Beatrice Garcia
  • Adrienne Harina
September 2021 Asian Business Case Competition @ Nanyang[17] Grand Champion
  • Ethan Gabriel Lee
  • Scott Gabriel Tiamson
  • Regina Maria Padojinog
  • Marco Antonio Agonia
Top Nine Teams
  • Anna Maria Grio
  • Josh Cody Ong
  • Jose Genson II
  • Arielle Keithley Mirandilla
October 2021 The Estée Lauder Companies Global Hackathon[18] First Runner-Up
  • Jamie Emilie Alabin
  • Jose Hector Calilung
  • Javier Luis Barreiro
  • Jove Calalo
  • Danielle Marie Peralta
December 2021 Citibank APAC Treasury and Trade Solutions Case Competition[19] Asia Pacific Champion

Philippine Champion

  • Josh Cody Ong
  • Ethan Gabriel Lee
  • Scott Gabriel Tiamson
February 2022 2022 Asian English Olympics[20] Debate Champion
  • Scott Gabriel Tiamson
  • Arielle Keithley Mirandilla
Speech Champion
  • Christian Ulysses Paculaba
Storytelling Champion
  • Chill Paloma Albasin
Radio Drama First Runner-Up
  • Jamie Emilie Alabin
  • Rocio Gatdula
  • Stephen Dusaban Jr.
  • Keren de Sagun
  • Alvin Haguisan Jr.
Newscasting Second Runner-Up
  • Samantha Ysabel Co
April 2022 New York University Policy Case Competition[21] Grand Finalist and Honorable Mention
  • Billy Gene Balsamo
  • Earl Harry Bea
  • Catherine Beatrize Salazar
Semifinalist
  • Miguel Eduardo Arevalo III
  • Gabrielle Anne Carreon
  • Paula Patrice Hamoy
  • Adrienne Harina

Notable alumni

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  12. ^ WNCAA senior cage, volley finals on, http://www.wncaa.com.ph/40thseason/news_09182009.html
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  14. ^ UA&P students win first runner-up in ASEAN-Australian Youth Summit Case Competition, https://uap.asia/news/uap-students-win-first-runner-up-in-asean-australian-youth-summit-case-competition
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  18. ^ Filipino students win 2nd place in int'l hackathon tilt, https://mb.com.ph/2021/11/11/filipino-students-win-2nd-place-in-intl-hackathon-tilt/
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  20. ^ Filipino students named champions in Asian English Olympics, https://mb.com.ph/2022/03/13/filipino-students-named-champions-in-asian-english-olympics/
  21. ^ Tindig: Taking a stand on cryptocurrency with Minerva, https://thebosun.org/tindig-taking-a-stand-on-cryptocurrency-with-minerva/
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