"In 2010, Chad Harbach published an essay called “MFA vs. NYC” that was widely circulated through both of the “cultures of American fiction” it described: a culture focused on (and funded by) the academy and its proliferation of creative writing programs; and a culture focused on (and funded by) the New York publishing industry. The essay garnered a flood of responses, many defensive, and was itself framed as a response to the 2009 publication of Mark McGurl’s The Program Era, a book that became seminal in academic circles for its argument that “the rise of the creative writing program stands as the most important event in postwar American literary history.”"

"Scientists at the University of the Philippines’s Institute of Biology work in one of the most richly biodiverse countries in the world. Yet as recently as last year they lacked one key piece of laboratory equipment—an HPLC, a machine common in biology research labs in the United States—that would help the world understand and benefit from this natural ecology."

"Dr. Cynthia Bautista of the Commission on Higher Education told me that industry people are now less concerned about technical skills than problem-solving skills, leadership and creativity.
Sadly, the prospects for stronger creativity training in our schools are quite dim. In both private and public schools, we have teachers who are required to teach too many subjects to classes that have too many students. Creativity needs mentoring, and imagination. You can’t expect that from overworked faculty.”

"Gender differences, criminal law, political persuasions—we should be prepared to tackle difficult questions about whether or not “our brains make us do it.” To judge from some commentaries, the more established psychological frameworks such as Freudianism and Kleinianism traditionally used to decipher behaviour such as dysfunction, trauma and intelligence—are about to be replaced with the MRI scanner."

"We hope to awaken people to the power of the scientific perspective and to the feeling, the thrill, of knowing the little we do know about being alive in the universe. If we could accomplish that, that would be tremendously gratifying."

"“UP education is being thoroughly denationalized to make it a more attractive commodity in the global educational marketplace. Instead of addressing social equity, democratization and improved accessibility, the UP Administration is prioritizing international student mobility,” the statement said."

"I do not understand why everytime there is a clash of cultural constructs that some of our elites would readily condemn our inferiority, and succumb to a feeling of envy of the cultural and superior “other.” This is a feeling that I do not see among the masses, who would instead always take our side. "

"It’s supposed to be dry but also clever; faceless but also persuasive; clear but also completist. Its deepest ambiguity has to do with audience. Academic prose is, ideally, impersonal, written by one disinterested mind for other equally disinterested minds. But, because it’s intended for a very small audience of hyper-knowledgable, mutually acquainted specialists, it’s actually among the most personal writing there is. If journalists sound friendly, that’s because they’re writing for strangers. With academics, it’s the reverse. "

"Four higher education institutions renewed their "collective condemnation" of the grave abuse of public funds after another whistleblower of the pork barrel scam surfaced."

"By three children from professional families hear 30m more words than children on welfare""

"Internationalization is not new to most units of UP. Research/creative work collaboration with other universities/HEIs abroad has been done since its founding more than 100 years ago. International mobility has been generally undertaken by faculty members/staff some of whom are PhD graduates of foreign universities."

"For “international students,” his explanatory variables are academic calendar, faculty/student ratio, academic repute, papers/faculty (amount and quality of research papers), and international faculty. What he finds is that the academic calendar influence is never statistically significant. What are significant contributors to attracting international students are the papers/faculty and international faculty."

"UP coders win Accenture app-development competition, Program the Future: The Accenture Technology Campus Challenge"

"Many academic disciplines also reduce their influence by neglecting political diversity. Sociology, for example, should be central to so many national issues, but it is so dominated by the left that it is instinctively dismissed by the right."

"The philosopher Foucault pointed out that knowledge and power are so intimately related that we cannot really think about them separately. I learned this the hard way on that day. Arrogance is the Dark Side of knowledge and students, no matter how old, can become scared of you because you have power just from being a teacher. I haven’t always suceeded in being tolerant and gracious in the classroom since that day, but I try."