(May 12)—UP Diliman is home to three more Centers of Excellence (CoEs) in the fields of Teacher Education, Electrical and Metallurgical Engineering, according to CHED Memorandum Order No. 15, Series of 2016 (CMO 17-2016) issued on Mar. 22 and CHED Memorandum Order No. 17 Series of 2016 (CMO 17-2016) issued last Mar. 31.
The CoE in Teacher Education is the mandate of the College of Education while the Electrical and Metallurgical Engineering disciplines are in the College of Engineering.
CHED defines a CoE as “…a department within a higher education institution, which continuously demonstrates excellent performance in the areas of instruction, research and publication, extension and linkages and institutional qualifications.” They are envisioned “to become centers of graduate education and research in their fields of strength.”
Under the said resolution, CoEs “will serve as potent catalysts for world class scholarships, best practices, innovative curriculum, research and extension and professional development” in their respective fields.
CHED’s designation is valid from Apr. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2018, or until sooner terminated, revoked or cancelled for cause or non-compliance with the provisions of the implementing guidelines. The university may avail of financial assistance on a project proposal basis.
These projects must also be geared towards the development or improvement of teacher education, and development of pioneering technology are encouraged. Project proposals for CoEs in Engineering must be geared towards the development of cutting-edge technology.
In January CHED identified 137 CoEs covering various academic fields, 23 of which are in UPD.