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AADU Initiates ASPIRE UPLB

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The UPLB Academic Assessment and Development Unit (AADU) initiates the Administrative Staff Program towards Institutional Resiliency and Excellence (ASPIRE) Training Program in UPLB to be conducted on August 2, 4, 9, 16, 18, 20, 23 and 31.

A briefing with its 30 participants was conducted by AADU as UPLB Secretariat, led by its Director Dr. Nina M. Cadiz, on June 21, 2021.

ASPIRE Training Program is designed to ensure quality assurance for administrative staff working on academic-related matters. It seeks to equip participants with the necessary knowledge, mindset, and skills in developing and maintaining a Quality Management System that will help their units attain improved and efficient operations, sustained culture of innovation, customer-driven delivery of services, and empowered human resource.

The program is a mix of online synchronous sessions via Zoom, with 7 synchronous 4-hour sessions and the Closing and Graduating Program, and asynchronous activities for submission of assignments.

ASPIRE is handled by the UP Diliman Academic Assessment and Development Office (AADO) in partnership with the UP National Engineering Center. (KAE Blanco)

UPLB is now AUN-EEC member

AUNEEC 1st Assembly

UPLB is now a member of the ASEAN University Network-Ecological Education and Culture (AUN-EEC) with Dr. Nina M. Cadiz, director of the Academic Assessment and Development Unit (AADU), designated by Chancellor Jose V. Camacho, Jr. as UPLB’s official representative.

You can read additional details from https://uplb.edu.ph/all-news/uplb-is-now-aun-eec-member/.

CEM holds AUN-QA Self Assessment Review Seminar-Orientation

iAADS+ resources

Faculty members of the College of Economics and Management (CEM) attended the AUN-QA Self Assessment Review Orientation Seminar.

Details can be further checked from the CEM website.

HE QA resources made available at UP iAADS+

iAADS+ resources

Resources on Quality Assurance in Higher Education are made available at the UP iAADS+ website. Kindly visit iAADS+ resources page https://aad.up.edu.ph/resources.

Chancellor Camacho, Jr. Meets with AADU

Meet with Chancellor Camacho
Meet with Chancellor Camacho

The UPLB Academic Assessment and Development Unit (AADU), led by its Director Dr. Nina M. Cadiz, met with UPLB Chancellor Jose V. Camacho, Jr. on March 2, 2021 to discuss AADU’s proposed academic assessment database system, provide budget updates, and present the UPLB-AADU IQA/EQA Masterlist Plan/Roadmap.

The proposed database system aims to provide a more efficient conduct of information and data gathering within and among the different offices, institutions, and departments of the University, which are necessary in the University’s pursuit of internal and external assessments.

The initiative was warmly welcomed by Chancellor Camacho, Jr., stating that this will “harmonize” data gathering procedure in the University and will aid in the administration’s decision-making. The database system can easily show the uptrend and downtrend, say in the enrollment, which can recommend to the University its best steps in strengthening its three-fold function. Similarly, it can hasten administrative processes. The chancellor furthered that the initiative lies directly on his thrust on future-proofing UPLB’s database infrastructure.

To strengthen AADU’s mandate on quality assurance, Chancellor Camacho, Jr. suggested that the office be renamed so as not to be mistaken as limited to academic assessment. He added that doing so will change UPLB constituents’ mindset on assessment and draw support from them. In response, Dr. Cadiz requested for Chancellor Camacho Jr.’s approval that she meet with the deans and members of their executive committee, as well as the heads of the different service units to elaborate on their and AADU’s role in institutionalizing and strengthening quality assurance in UPLB. (KAE Blanco)

UP among world's top 200 universities in latest Quacquarelli Symonds University Rankings by Subject

Four core academic subjects of UP achieve top rank according to the latest Quacquarelli Symonds University Rankings by Subject. UP is among the world's top 200 universities. You can read related details from the Rappler Facebook Page. (March 4, 2021)

AADU met with CJCJ to present QA roadmap

AADU met with Chancellor Camacho Jr. last March 2, 2021 and made some reports and presentation related to the quality assurance roadmap for the university. You can read related details from the UPLB Facebook Page. (March 3, 2021)

CAFS prepares for AUN-QA certification

A four-day workshop was held by CAFS in preparation for the ASEAN University Network – Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) certification for its degree programs. You can read related articles from UPLB CAFS. (March 2, 2021)

BS ChE, DVM are now AUN-QA-certified

The BS Chemical Engineering (BS ChE) and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree programs of UPLB have received certification as accredited programs under the ASEAN University Network Quality Assurance (AUN-QA). This brings the number of degree programs in UPLB that have received AUN-QA certification to seven. More details about this from the UPLB main website.(January 7, 2021)

Congratulations BSChE and DVM!

Congratulations to our two degree programs - BS. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING and DOCTOR OF VETERINARY MEDICINE for passing the AUN-QA Remote Assessment last 26-30 October2020!

AUN-QA concludes chem eng’g, vetmed assessment

The five-day ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance Programme Assessment for UPLB’s BS Chemical Engineering (BS ChE) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) programs were concluded by a closing program last Oct. 30. Preliminary findings were mentioned which includes the strengths and areas of improvement of the programs. More details about this from the UPLB main website.(November 3, 2020)

AUN-QA begins assessment process for chem eng’g, vetmed

The week-long ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) programme assessment process for BS Chemical Engineering (BS ChE) of CEAT, and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) of CVM began last October 26. More details about this from the UPLB main website.(October 28, 2020)

184th AUN-QA Assessment Opening Program Kicks off Despite Typhoon Quinta

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Top L-R: Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez Jr, UPLB Chancellor; and Prof. Dr. Yahaya Md. Sam, AUN-QA Chief Assessor. Bottom: Gallery shot of some of the delegates and attendees of the opening program.

Despite the threats of Typhoon Quinta, the Opening Program for the 184th Asian University Network - Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) Assessment (Remote/On-line) of two UPLB degree programs, namely: B.S. Chemical Engineering (BS ChE) and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVetMed), kicked off successfully on October 26, 2020 (Monday) at 9:00 AM.

UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. gave the welcome remarks, while Prof. Dr. Yahaya Md. Sam, the AUN-QA Chief Assessor, gave the opening remarks. Prof./Dr. Yahaya mentioned the challenges and opportunities of assessment during the pandemic. The AUN-QA assessors for B.S. ChE are Prof. Dr. Yahaya from Malaysia and Asst. Prof. Dr. Kageeporn Wongpreedee from Thailand; while for the DVetMed, the assessors are Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ngo Van Thuyen from Vietnam and Dr. Porngarm Virutamasen from Thailand. With them are the members of the AUN-QA Secretariat, Mr. Chawanvit Panprasert (Programme Officer) and Ms. Tarida Dalai (Assessment Officer).

The opening program was attended by Dr. Choltis Dhirathiti (AUN Executive Director), Dr. Cynthia Rose B. Bautista (U.P. Vice President for Academic Affairs), Dr. Alyssa M. Peleo-Alampay (Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Quality Officer), UPLB administrators, deans, QA Coordinators of various colleges, and the SAR (Self-Assessment Review) team members from the College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology (CEAT) and the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). The program ended with a photo session and a breakout session for Day 1 of the assessment. (RNC Recario and NM Cadiz / Oct 26, 2020)

BSChE and DVM to undergo AUN-QA Assessment

UPLB's Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSChE) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) will undergo AUN-QA Assessment this October 26-30, 2020 via online/remote site visits. You can read related articles from UP iAADS+ and AUN. (Sept. 27, 2020)

CPAf QA Coordinator joins the 2020-2021 ASEAN Train Internal Quality Assurance (TrainIQA) Training Workshop

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Rhea L Gumasing, Assistant Professor, CPAf, UPLB

Rhea L. Gumasing, the CPAf QA Coordinator has been accepted into the 3rd cohort of the 2020-2021 ASEAN Train Internal Quality Assurance training program being conducted by University of Potsdam. Her participation has been fully supported by Dr. Nina Cadiz, Director of the UPLB- Academic Assessment and Development Unit (AADU) and was able to secure funding partly from DAAD and UPLB. This training started on Sept. 14, 2020 and will end in October 2021, following a blended mode of learning. The onboarding sessions and workshop with the cohorts’ Leadership commenced remotely using Microsoft Teams this September and October 2020. The output of the sessions is a joint project of Ms. Gumasing with the UPLB Graduate School and AADU. The project is a Satisfaction Survey among active graduate students which aims to put in place a feedback mechanism to determine the strengths of UPLB Graduate school and areas that need further improvement. The results of the survey will be presented to the TrainIQA in August 2021 and to the UPLB Graduate School stakeholders.

If the situation already permits, part of the training will be conducted face-to-face in Potsdam, Germany and in one of the ASEAN member countries. Her participation is seen to be of value to AADU and UPLB, in general, as she will get the exposure and experience in understanding and implementing QA policies in UPLB. (RL Gumasing/NM Cadiz / Oct 16, 2020)

AADU makes roadmap for QA in UPLB

The Academic Assessment and Development Unit or AADU is UPLB's new office for Quality Assurance. More details about this from the UPLB main website.

UPLB sets up new QA office

The UP Board of Regents (BOR) approved the creation of the Academic Assessment and Development Unit (AADU) on December 3, 2018. More details about this from the UPLB main website.

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