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FMDS Faculty Member Receives Best Paper Award at Asia Engage Regional Conference 2016

Asst. Prof. Finaflor F. Taylan, Program Chair of the Diploma in/Master of Social Work and Diploma in Women and Development of the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS), won the Best Paper award for her paper entitled “Protecting and Promoting Child Rights through the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU)” during the 3rd Asia Engage Regional Conference 2016 held on 21-23 November 2016 at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Her paper discussed UPOU’s engagement with UNICEF in offering MOOCs on Understanding the Child Better, the Legal Instruments for the Protection of Children, and Institutional Mechanisms for Child Right Protection and Promotion. The paper also described how the multimedia learning materials developed also led to the creation of open educational resources on child rights protection and promotion while creating a community of practice of child rights workers and advocates.

Associate Professor Consuelo DL. Habito of FMDS also presented her paper entitled “Advancing Cross-learning and Artistic Creativity among Woodcarvers in the Philippines.”

The 3rd Asia Engage Regional Conference 2016 with the theme “Universities in an Integrating Regional Communities Engagement with Government, Communities, Industries and Civil Society” aimed to bring together diverse practitioners from the academe, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, and foundations that are passionate about university-community engagement for regional development.

DOST Secretary to serve as Guest Speaker in the Closing Ceremonies of the Continuing Education Program of UPOU-FMDS

Professor Fortunato T. de la Peña, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is the Guest Speaker in the Closing Ceremonies of the Continuing Education Program (CEP) of the University of the Philippines Open University’s Faculty of Management and Development Studies (UPOU-FMDS). The event will be held on 03 December 2016 at the Centennial Center for Digital Learning (CCDL) Auditorium, UPOU Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna.

The Closing Program features the awarding of certificates of completion/recognition for the CEP’s 30th Batch of Personal Entrepreneurial Development (PED) and New Enterprise Planning (NEP), 22nd Batch of Caring for the Child with Special Needs (CCSN), 12th Batch of Simplified Accounting for Entrepreneurs (SAfE), 9th Batch of Organic Agriculture (OA), 6th Batch of Responding to Climate Risks in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management (RCRANRM) & Introduction to Electronic Commerce (eCom), 4th Batch of Satoyama (Living in Harmony with Nature), and 3rd Batch of Integrating Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management in Policies, Plans and Investments toward Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ICCA&DRM), Financial Management in Nursing Practice (FMNP) & Research Utilization in Nursing Administration (RUNA) continuing education (non-formal) courses. Around 143 out of 237 learners from the abovementioned 11 courses will receive their certificates of completion on 03 December 2016.

DOST Secretary de la Pena was the Director of the University of the Philippines-Institute of Small Scale Industries (UP-ISSI) when PED and NEP were conceptualized, developed and delivered via distance education mode in the late ‘90s under the then School for Distance Education (SDE) of UPOU in UP Diliman. He also served as the first Course Coordinator of both courses when they were initially offered under the then Faculty of Management Sciences (FMS) of UPOU in 2002. To date, PED and NEP are the longest running continuing education (non-formal) courses of UPOU which had touched the lives of over a thousand lifelong learners.

The CEP of FMDS is in support of the UPOU’s objective of “providing opportunities for alternative access for quality higher education by offering baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate degree programs and non-formal courses by distance education”.

FMDS Dean is Keynote Speaker at Surabaya Research Confab

Dr. Primo Garcia, Dean of UPOU’s Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS), was one of the keynote speakers at the “International Seminar for Research Month 2016: Innovation, Development, and Utilization of Research Community Services” held at Ibis Hotel in Surabaya, Indonesia on 15 November 2016.

In his presentation titled “Research, Instruction and Public Service in an Open Learning System: An Exploration into the Innovation Nexus at UP Open University,” Prof. Garcia discussed the different modes of connections between instruction, research, and public service in an open and distance e-learning (ODeL) institution and the implications of which on managing research and innovation.

Dr. Incocencio E. Buot, Jr., former FMDS Dean and currently an Affiliate Professor at UPOU, was also one of the keynote speakers. He talked about “Biodiversity Research and the Community: Experiences, Gaps, and Recommendations.” The other two keynote speakers were Dr. Wolfgang Busse and Ms. Zulaicha Parastuty.

Organized by the Universitas Pembangunan Nasional (UPN) in Surabaya, the annual seminar is a venue for researchers to share their research and development findings with other researchers, industry, and society as they address social problems and support national industrial development through innovation.


FMDS Comprehensive Exam Date Schedule 1st semester 2017-2018

Diploma in Social Work

Human Behavior & Social Environment (October 24, 2017)

Social Welfare Policies and Research (October 26, 2017)


Master of Social Work

Human Behavior & Social Environment

Social Welfare Policies and Research

(October 24, 2017)

Social Work Profession and Practice

Social Agency , Leadership and Management

(October 26, 2017)

Area of Specialization (October 28, 2017)


Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management

General Field (October 27, 2017)

Major Field (October 28, 2017)


Master of Public Management

General Field (November 6, 2017)

Public Policy and Program Administration (November 8, 2017)

Local Government and Regional Administration(LGRA) & Voluntary Sector Management (VSM) (November 10, 2017)


Master of Arts in Nursing (January 9 and 11, 2018)


Master of ASEAN Studies (January 12, 2018)


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