University of the Philippines seeks to ‘unify’ campuses with #OneUP

The University of the Philippines' famed Oblation Statue photographed at sunset in Diliman, Quezon City. (Photo courtesy of Joshua Mark Dalupang)

University of the Philippines’ students and alumni are urged to look at the academic institution as one unit, instead of identifying themselves by campus.

UP Vice President for Public Affairs, Professor Prospero de Vera said it is time to end discrimination against other UP campuses, hence the #OneUP campaign.  The UP system has seven constituent universities and several satellite campuses.

“How can you say one campus is superior over others? That idea has no empirical basis now,” he said.

“We may have seven constituent units but we are one university. Whatever campus you’re from, you are part of UP,” de Vera told Yahoo Philippines in a phone interview.

This is also the reason why UP is issuing a series of videos featuring notable alumni who have made a mark in their chosen field. In the video, the alumni proudly announce their student number.

“In UP, one unifying thread is the student number. Everyone who passes through UP never forgets his or her student number,” de Vera said.

“It’s a mark you always remember, a mark you carry all your life,” he added.

Starting next year, UP will also institute a common diploma. Currently, diplomas in various campuses vary in design or signatories, said de Vera.

“We are having a unified diploma, so there will be no differentiation especially when it is [submitted as a requirement] abroad,” he added.

UP has 5,000 faculty members and around 60, 000 undergraduate students all over the country. The University has around 270,000 alumni, said de Vera.

Watch the #OneUP campaign video here:

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