The University of the Philippines is declared as the National University by virtue of Act. No. 1870, as amended and strengthened by Republic Act No. 9500 dated 29 April 2008, the functions of the University are as follows:


· To lead in setting academic standards and initiating innovations in teaching, research and faculty development in philosophy, the arts and humanities, the social sciences , the professions and engineering, natural sciences, mathematics and technology and maintain centers of technology in such disciplines and professions;


· Serve as a graduate university by providing advanced studies and specialization for scholars, scientists, writers, artists and professionals, especially those who serve on the faculty of state and private colleges and universities;


· Serve as a research university in various fields of expertise and specialization by conducting basic and applied research and development and promoting research and various colleges and universities and contributing to the application of knowledge;


· Lead as a public services university by providing various forms of community, public and volunteer service as well as scholarly and technical assistance to the government, the private sector, and civil society while maintaining its standards of excellence;


· Protect and promote the professional and economic rights and welfare of its academic and non-academic personnel;


· Provide opportunities for training and learning in leadership, responsible citizenship, and the development of democratic values, instructions and practice through academic and non-academic programs including sports and the enhancement of nationalism and national identity;


· Serve as a regional and global university in cooperation with international and scientific unions, networks of universities scholarly and professional associations in the AsiaPacific region and around the world;


· Provide democratic governance in the University based on collegially, representation accountability, transparency and active participation of its constituents, and promote the holding fora for students, faculty, research, extension and professional staff (REPS), staff and alumni to discuss non-academic issues affecting the university.


*For a full text of the UP Charter, please click here. 


B. Mission and Vision

Our Vision for UP

A great university, taking a leadership role in the development of a globally competitive Philippines. Driven by:

Academic excellence and operational excellence;

Strong research and creative capability, supported by an expanded graduate program and geared to addressing the country’s problems;

Excellent faculty and staff working in an environment conducive to outstanding performance and high productivity;

The best and brightest students from across the country prepared for successful careers and responsive citizenship;

Strong support from the alumni and other stakeholders;

High visibility and effective public service;

Modernized physical facilities and technological infrastructure for teaching, research and administration; and

Financial sustainability achieved by resource generation and administrative efficiency, while preserving its public character.

For more information on the the Mission and Vision of the University, please click here.

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