|Pascual is presented with the University Mace as symbol of his authority as chief academic officer|
|Mr Pascual reviews the Rayadillo Honor Guard.|
|Giving the investiture speech|
Of course int he 21st century we don't riot but hold peaceful protests. The Noynoy budget cut in reality proscribes the freedom of the University in fulfilling its mandate to educate the young and advance knowledge, science, arts and culture. In his investiture speech Pascual reiterated that any money spent on the university is not an expense but an investment. Well said since Pascual was an investment banker who was with the Asian Development Bank before being elected by the Regents last year.
Pascual's speech focused on making the university more efficient in order to be globally competitive. He proposes an "e-UP" which would link up and harmonize all IT systems between campuses. He also proposes a "one UP" which would mean that all academic standards for programs in all campuses will be at par with each other. He also proposes reviewing the UPCAT admission procedure. He notes that there are many poor but deserving students who even if they passed the admission tests, can't enroll due to financial considerations. He also proposes reviewing the RGEP (general education) curriculum to ensure students are able to think, be grounded in ethics and the need to be introduced to entrepreneurship for national development.
For the faculty and staff, he proposes that there should be effective HR management and equitable benefits in health care and housing. To the applause of the professors, he reported that negotiations with partners are underway to realize these goals. He also promised to boost efforts to ensure research and creative work productivity in the goal of making the UP a globally competitive university.
To maximize the real estate assets of the university, he proposes a rational land use plan and also an initiative to make UP a "green" university. Of course this would require sustained alumni support and participation.
Surely the six year term of Pascual is not enough to see that all these goals are achieved but if he is able to do it, then the foundation for success should be assured. Future university presidents should build upon these necessary initiatives and reforms for making UP the great university it was and should be.