MANILA, Philippines – The University of the Philippines (UP) is set to establish a global campus in Clark Green City, Pampanga through a partnership with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA).
BCDA said UP will be the first locator in the country’s soon-to-be “most modern, sustainable, hi-tech and globally connected city.”
“The UP global campus in Clark Green City will position the Philippines as the nation of global citizens—being an English speaking nation in a country hosting a hub for global education and knowledge center. It will also promote the Clark Freeport Zone and soon, the Clark Green City, as an intellectual hub for science and technology education and research,” said BCDA president and chief executive officer Arnel Casanova.
Under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by Casanova and UP president Alfredo Pascual on Monday, BCDA shall provide an area within the institutional area of the Clark Green City for the establishment of a UP campus in the city.
UP, on the other hand, shall lead the promotion and development of science and technology education and research, in line with the university’s mandate and the Clark Green City’s plan of being the country’s most modern, smart and green city.
In the next five years, the state university will expand its academic programs on science, technology and the arts in Central Luzon, which is seen to be the country's "brain capital."
“It is about time that we address the growing population in Central Luzon in terms of providing the best education that the country could offer,” Casanova said.
The BCDA and UP will work toward the internationalization of UP’s academic and research programs for the global campus by linking with international institutions and organizations.
Other top global educational institutions were also invited by the BCDA to establish their centers in the Clark Green City.
“We expect Ivy League schools and top European schools to express interest to locate,” said Casanova.