Through Presidential Decree No. 52, dated November 20, 1972, the President of the Republic authorized the Board of Regents to establish a University of the Philippines System so that the University may serve as a more effective instrument of national development while maintaining its commitment to arts, letters, and the humanities, as well as to the pursuit of truth and the highest standards of academic excellence. Such reorganization was effected by preserving the institutional unity and academic integrity of the University while allowing for decentralization of authority and autonomy of the component units. UP Los Baños, the agricultural center for Asia, was designated as the first constituent university. This reorganization was approved by the Board of Regents at its 828th meeting on November 21, 1972, effective January 1, 1973.
Today, the University of the Philippines is composed of seven constituent universities and one autonomous college: UP Diliman, UP Los Baños, UP Manila, UP Visayas, UP Open University (for distance education), UP Mindanao, UP Baguio, and UP Cebu College.
From an initial enrollment of 50 in 1909, the total count of students had grown to over 50,000 (80% undergraduate and 20% graduate), close to 4,000 full-time faculty (72% with graduate degrees), over 1,000 part-time faculty, over 1,000 research and extension staff, over 8,000 administrative personnel, and over 260,000 alumni scattered across the globe.
The University is currently headed by the 20th University President Alfredo E. Pascual, who has envisioned UP as a great university in the 21st century. He stated that, "the path to greatness can be achieved through our united effort, and our individual and collective recognition that we are ONE UP We are One UP guided by One Charter, upholding the same tradition of honor and excellence. Moving UP toward greatness is possible through the unified effort of its students, faculty, researchers, adminsitrative staff, and alumni."
The U.P. Charter of 2008 is available here for download. Please click on the link below.
The U.P. System Code is available here for download. Please click on the link below.
Updated: RAE, 08 November 2013.