The Philippines: The University of the Philippines, Manila

The University of the Philippines Manila (UP Manila) is one of the eight constituent units (seven constituent universities and one autonomous college) of the University of the Philippines (UP) System. It is a public and secular institution of higher learning that offers academic and training programs, as well as extension services in the health sciences, health professions education, arts, and sciences.

UP Manila is recognized today as the country’s premier institution for the health sciences and the leader in health human resource, education, training and research. It occupies an area of 14 hectares of prime land, comprising approximately two blocks in Manila’s Ermita District. It is bounded on the north by the United Nations Avenue; on the east by Taft Avenue; on the south by Pedro Gil Street; and by Maria Orosa Street on the West.

Along with its pursuit of excellence, UP Manila offers academic programs that are responsive to the needs and aspirations of the Filipino people. It has 20 undergraduate programs, 34 masters programs with various tracks, four (4) doctoral programs with various tracks, six (6) diploma programs and three (3) certificate programs. These programs are periodically evaluated, most notably through the Internal Academic Assessment and Development System (iAADS) of the UP System which employs quantitative and qualitative criteria to assess academic credentials, over-all track record, teaching performance, research/artistic output, and extension service.