/ 7 June 2023

THE 2ND Congressional Commission on Education or EDCOM II and the University of the Philippines signed a partnership to collaborate on education policy research through the UP President Edgardo J. Angara Fellowship.

“We thank the University of the Philippines for its support to EDCOM II. The revival of the UPPEJA Fellowship will significantly boost our efforts in understanding the complex challenges, as well as in finding creative solutions related to the governance and financing of the education sector,” EDCOM 2 Executive Director Dr. Karol Mark Yee said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Emerlinda Roman, former UP president, said that doing policy studies is UP’s way of serving the nation. She is also hopeful that the partnership will improve the country’s education system.

The agreement includes the awarding of up to 20 research fellowship grants, through UPPEJA, for studies supporting EDCOM II’s priorities in governance and finance.

This covers topics ranging from high-impact investments to improve learning quality, future-proofing the Filipino workforce, digital transformation, decentralization and participatory governance, and complementarity between public and private education, among others.

The UPPEJA fellowship was established by the UP Board of Regents on September 29, 2008 in honor of the late Senator Edgardo J. Angara, who served as UP President from 1981 to 1987 and UPD Chancellor from 1982 to 1983.

The UPPEJA Fellowship aims to promote high level policy discussions and research on a wide range of topics that address national development goals and imperatives such as science and technology, economic development, environment and climate change, good governance and communications.

It is open to all interested and qualified faculty, lecturers, professor emeriti and researchers both in the Philippines and abroad.