UPD encourages faculty to engage in value-adding activities that enable them to develop the essential skills needed in their fields of specialization, and to update and broaden their knowledge of their disciplines. The personal and professional growth of the faculty members as educators in higher education are central to the fulfilment of UP’s mandate, as the national university of the country, of setting the standard of excellence in teaching, research, and extension service with the goal of becoming the model graduate, research, and public service university in the country(The University of the Philippines Charter of 2008).
Faculty development, therefore, is both a responsibility and a privilege of the faculty members by virtue of their profession and their unique position in the local academic sphere as part of UP’s roster of faculty. The University, for its part, commits to provide this privilege to its faculty by ensuring their access to special avenues and opportunities for faculty development such as scholarship programs, exchange programs, fellowships, grants, incentives, and awards(The University of the Philippines Charter of 2008).
Short-term faculty development activities include participation in conferences, seminars, workshops, fieldworks, exhibits, concerts and other productions, among others. International travel is facilitated by a Travel Authority issued by the Office of the Chancellor through the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Long-term faculty development includes higher studies through UP/ UP Diliman-awarded fellowships, non-UP/ UP Diliman-awarded scholarships or personal funds.
Granting of fellowship and Study leaves are facilitated by the Faculty and REPS International Mobility Committee (FRIMC). (See Administrative Procedures for Faculty and REPS Mobility)
Faculty and REPS International Mobility Committee (FRIMC)
Faculty and REPS International Mobility Programs are overseen by the Faculty and REPS International Mobility Committee (FRIMC). The committee’s general objective, together with the International Student Mobility Committee (ISMC), is to enable UPD to implement international mobility programs with academic units and other UP/UPD offices in a coordinated manner, based on the principles of prudence, equity and transparency.
- To formulate policies and guidelines for international mobility of UPD faculty and REPS.
- To evaluate applications for the short and long-term programs for international mobility based on UP guidelines.
- To evaluate requests for renewal of contracts/agreements covering fellowships, visiting professorships, and study abroad.
- To coordinate with the Office of International Linkages (OIL) of UP System on matters regarding travels abroad of faculty and REPS.
- To monitor the progress of fellows and to conduct re-entry surveys for purposes of assessing UPD’s faculty and REPS international mobility programs.