University of the Philippines president visits consulate in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — The Philippine Consulate in San Francisco was the final stop for the 21st president of the University of the Philippines, Danilo Concepcion, before heading home.

Concepcion just came from New Jersey celebrating the 2017 grand reunion and convention of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association in America, Incorporated.

The meeting was organized by UP Alumni Association of San Francisco.

Concepcion addressed how UP inched up in the June 8th released Quacquarelli Symonds World University rankings — now 367th in the world, higher than its 374th ranking in 2016.

“We do our work and we strive very hard to offer good academic programs and to recruit good faculty members and to recruit and train good students,” said Concepcion.

In response to criticism that UP does not take in low-income students, Concepcion said that “financial status is not the primary consideration for accepting students”.

“We have a social responsibility to our people, and that’s why we also help the needy, those who are in financial need, to get admitted to the university and to get trained.”

Concepcion also praised president Rodrigo Duterte for signing a law granting tuition-free education in all state universities back in August.

“We have not been charging our students a tuition fee which started the past semester.”

Concepcion also talked about plans to upgrade the different campuses and look into getting more international students to study at UP.

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