UP, PUP, UST named journalism centersBy Dona Z. Pazzibugan
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines—The University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman was named a Center of Excellence in journalism and in broadcasting by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
At the same time, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) and the University of Santo Tomas (UST) were named Centers of Development in journalism.
As centers of excellence and of development, the three schools will serve as “catalysts for world class scholarships, best practices, innovative curriculum, research and extension, and professional development” in journalism and broadcasting.
Their designation will last until May 2014 unless revoked earlier, according to the March 22 memorandum issued by CHED Chair Patricia Licuanan.
Licuanan said the three schools could avail themselves of financial assistance for project proposals geared toward the development or improvement of cutting edge technology in journalism and broadcasting.
In qualifying for the distinction, UP, PUP and UST had earned peer and industry recognition with strong local, national and international linkages; showed innovations in their programs; delivered academic and research output, and engaged in active alumni programs.
The difference between a center of excellence and a center of development lies in the former having a graduate program for at least five years.