UP locates at Clark Green City area-A A +A
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Reynaldo G. Navales
CLARK FREEPORT -- The University of the Philippines is set to establish a campus inside the Clark Green City situated at the Freeport sub-zone.
A memorandum of understanding was forged between the state university and Bases Conversion and Development Authority for the project.
BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Arnel Casanova and UP President Alfredo Pascual signed the MOU in a simple ceremony at the UP Executive House in Diliman, Quezon City recently.
Casanova said that UP has branded Clark Green City as the knowledge and innovation capital of the country.
He said the UP global campus will serve as a training ground for a generation that will position the Clark Green City as a symbol of innovation.
“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,” Casanova said.
BCDA is inviting top international educational institutions to follow suit and establish their Asia-Pacific centers in the Clark Green City.
“We expect Ivy-league schools and top European schools to express interest to locate,” Casanova said.
He noted that the new UP global campus will be the “melting pot” of new technologies, innovation, and creative industries.
Casanova said the school will produce the country’s best graduates and become the source of excellent human resource.
“The presence of a modern UP Global Campus will complement and drive the economic and human development of Clark Green City,” he said.
He pointed out that Central Luzon has 12 million people and will need a new campus for UP to provide them affordable but quality education.
“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,” he added.
Under the MOU, UP plans to expand its academic programs on science, technology and the arts in Central Luzon in the next five years.
BCDA shall provide an area within the Institutional Area of the Clark Green City for the establishment of a UP Campus.
In 2011, the UP and BCDA signed a MOA establishing the UP Professional Schools in Bonifacio Global City inside a 4,300-square meter lot donated by the agency.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 24, 2014.