The social sciences and philosophy are the foundation of a relevant university education. Students are encouraged to respond to the need for critical thought and inquiry, as well as to disseminate and refine the standards of values which they so constantly apply in daily living. The college, with the help and guidance of highly competent faculty and staff shares the vision of molding students to “search further into the depths of knowledge and to pursue truth.”
The CSSP located at the Palma Hall, is composed of the following departments: Anthropology, Geography History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Population Institute. The Third World Studies Program and the Folklore and Philippine Studies Program are also housed under the CSSP which also takes charge of the administration of Diliman Review, a quarterly publication-for the stu-dents of the three colleges.
The Asian Center is the University of the Philippines’ only unit with a regional area of specialization and one of the colleges in the university’s Diliman campus.
Established in 1955 as the Institute of Asian Studies, the Asian Center offers graduate-level multidisciplinary academic programs on Asian Studies and on Philippine Studies.
Its mandate—the study of Asia—is underpinned by law, Republic Act 5334, which took effect in June 1968. The Asian Center is based at the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center.
In 1955, the University of the Philippines established the Institute of Asian Studies, and mandated it to conduct research for the promotion and advancement of studies on Asia. In 1968, this Institute was formally reorganized through Republic Act (R.A.) 5334 to become the Asian Center. From 1973 to 1979, the Center was absorbed by the Philippine Center for Advanced Studies (PCAS), but reverted to its original status through a Board of Regents decision at its 919th meeting. R.A. 5334 enabled the Center to become a degree-granting institution while continuing to perform research functions. Among its purposes were to develop closer and broader contact with Asian peoples in the field of learning and scholarship, and to attain knowledge of Filipino national identity in relation to other nations through studies on various aspects of Asia. Training country and area specialists through its graduate degree programs in Asian Studies and in Philippine Studies, the Asian Center promotes initiatives to understand the Philippines in its broader Asian context, and to understand Asia from the Philippine vantage point.
The University of the Philippines College of Law is an institution acknowledged for its continuing commitment to academic excellence and service to the public. The recognition is the product of an ongoing effort to transform itself so that it can be a catalyst for change in our legal institution.
The transformation of the College has been from a professional school to a law complex with a triad of functions 1) instruction, 2) research, and 3) extension service. The change has its bases in that the College is an institution maintained by the people, and it must serve the people by being responsive to the growing legal and other law-related needs of all Filipinos.
Thus, the legal mandate for the Law Complex spells out its role as a resource for the legal development of the nation:
“The UP Law Complex as an integrated system of national legal institutions within the University of the Philippines shall be dedicated to teaching, research, training, information, and legal extension service to ensure a just society. It shall always be responsive to the challenges of social change, and shall be relevant to the growing legal and other law-related needs of the Filipino people.” (1021st Meeting of UP Board of Regents, May 29, 1989).
Recent developments in global maritime affairs are reshaping the way governments, universities and think tanks approach domestic and regional issues relating to the seas. Despite being an archipelago with substantial interests in maritime activities like international shipping and high seas fisheries, there is a dearth in direct and purposeful research on ocean law and policy in the Philippines. This is a matter of concern since many other countries, especially in and around the Southeast Asian region, have established their own academic institutions that specialize in oceans law and policy. To keep apace with our neighbors, the UP Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea (UP IMLOS) was founded. Building on the strengths and expertise of the UP College of Law and the UP Law Center in legal research, international law, and international legal relations, the UP IMLOS aims to become the national center for independent research and policy studies on ocean law and other maritime matters of interest to the nation. It will also engage in training and capacity-building, provide legal advice and commentary, and publish its research in the fields of the law of the sea, maritime affairs, and territorial studies. Banking on the academic achievements and professional practice of its members, affiliates, and research associates, the Institute will be known for its collaborative work with the Philippine Government, other governments, non-government organizations, academic institutions, and international and regional inter-governmental organizations, in bilateral, regional and international contexts.
The Philippine Association for Chinese Studies (PACS) promotes knowledge exchange and facilitate contacts among scholars and professionals who take an active interest in the study of China and the Chinese, Philippines-China relations, and the ethnic Chinese in the Philippines. It conducts research, seminars, and conferences and actively publishes commentaries and scholarly work.
Vision: Peace, development and cultural understanding for peoples of the Philippines and the Asia Pacific, through international dialogue and cooperation.