A bit of good news.
I’ve written before on how the University of the Philippines (U.P.) centennial celebration has brought to the fore the problems plaguing the country’s premier institution of higher learning, the most critical being its perennial lack of funds.
There are many reasons for this sorry state of affairs, including the usual bureaucratic inefficiencies. But the main cause is that the outdated U.P. Charter curtailed the university’s fiscal autonomy, limited its ability to manage its own administrative and financial affairs and kept it hostage to political interests.
Finally, with little fanfare, President Arroyo, herself a U.P. alumna, signed a new charter for the country’s foremost university that now puts it on equal footing with its international counterparts by, among other things, allowing it to significantly raise the salaries of its faculty, improve its facilities and enhance its research capabilities. Read the rest of this entry »