Three-CU masters program on marine ecosystems management launched

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(Left to right) UP Visayas Chancellor Rommel Espinosa, UP Los Baños Chancellor Fernando Sanchez, and UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan; UP Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela Concepcion and UP President Alfredo Pascual; USAID Deputy Mission Director Reed Aeschliman; USAID Environment, Energy, and Climate Change (EECC) Director Jeremy Gustafson; EECC Development Specialist Rebecca Guieb and EECC Development Specialist Randy Vinluan shake hands, affirming their institutions’ partnership for delivering Professional Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management  program during the program launch on 9 January 2015 at the Microtel, UP-Ayala Technohub, Quezon City.

(Left to right) UP Visayas Chancellor Rommel Espinosa, UP Los Baños Chancellor Fernando Sanchez, and UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan; UP Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela Concepcion and UP President Alfredo Pascual; USAID Deputy Mission Director Reed Aeschliman; USAID Environment, Energy, and Climate Change (EECC) Director Jeremy Gustafson; EECC Development Specialist Rebecca Guieb and EECC Development Specialist Randy Vinluan shake hands, affirming their institutions’ partnership for delivering Professional Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management program during the program launch on 9 January 2015 at the Microtel, UP-Ayala Technohub, Quezon City.

UP Marine Science Institute (MSI) Director Antonette Meñez welcomes supporters, and stakeholders of the Professional Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management  program.

UP Marine Science Institute (MSI) Director Antonette Meñez welcomes supporters, and stakeholders of the Professional Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management program.

A ground-breaking program jointly delivered by three UP campuses, the Professional Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management (PM-TMEM), was launched on 9 January 2015 at the Oblation Room of Microtel Hotel, UP-Ayala Technohub, Quezon City, through a ceremonial handshake of partners.

University officials, headed by the UP President and the chancellors of UP Diliman, UP Los Baños, and UP Visayas, shook hands with counterparts at funding partner USAID. The ceremony was attended by government stakeholders, partner local and international NGOs and private agencies, and program developers and participants.

PM-TMEM, developed through the UP Marine Science Institute’s support foundation, aims to build capabilities of on-the-job environmental managers.

The program initially offers specialization in marine protected areas. The course is trimestral and multidisciplinary, consists of one and a half years of mostly field exposure and engagement with experts and practitioners, and utilizes the integrated ecosystem approach.

USAID describes the course as “a concrete step toward growth and resilience” which US aims to promote among its partner countries.

Six have enrolled thus far in the course, which begins early this year.

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USAID Deputy Director Reed Aeschliman and UP President Alfredo Pascual talks over coffee on 9 January 2015 at the Microtel, UP-Ayala Technohub, Quezon City, before the launch of the Professional Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management program, which will be delivered by three UP campuses after being developed with the help of USAID.

Dr. Porfirio Aliño of the UP Marine Science Institute gives a background of the Professional Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management  program, of which he is program head, during its launch on 9 January 2015 at the Microtel, UP-Ayala Technohub, Quezon City.

Dr. Porfirio Aliño of the UP Marine Science Institute gives a background of the Professional Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management program, of which he is program head, during its launch on 9 January 2015 at the Microtel, UP-Ayala Technohub, Quezon City.

UP President Alfredo Pascual and USAID Deputy Mission Director Reed Aeschliman shake hands, affirming their institutions’ partnership for delivering Professional Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management program during the program launch on 9 January 2015 at the Microtel, UP-Ayala Technohub, Quezon City.

UP President Alfredo Pascual and USAID Deputy Mission Director Reed Aeschliman shake hands, affirming their institutions’ partnership for delivering Professional Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management program during the program launch on 9 January 2015 at the Microtel, UP-Ayala Technohub, Quezon City.

Program implementers, sponsors, and stakeholders: (Front row, left to right) UP Visayas Chancellor Rommel Espinosa, UP Los Baños Chancellor Fernando Sanchez, and UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan; UP President Alfredo Pascual; USAID Deputy Mission Director Reed Aeschliman; Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Officer-In-Charge Assistant Secretary for Human Resource Development and Information Systems Bresilda Gervacio and OIC Assistant Secretary for Administration and Finance Corazon Davis; UP Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela Concepcion; and USAID Environment, Energy, and Climate Change (EECC) Director Jeremy Gustafson, with stakeholder government agency representatives: (Second row, left to right) DENR Biodiversity Management Bureau Assistant Director Vincent Hilomen and Human Resources Development Service Director Ric Enriquez; League of Municipalities of the Philippines executive assistant Felix Catarata, representing Secretary General Abraham Burahan; and Department of Agriculture Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Assistant Director Benjamin Tabios Jr., during the launch of the Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management on 9 January 2015 at the Microtel, UP-Ayala Technohub, Quezon City.

Program implementers, sponsors, and stakeholders: (Front row, left to right) UP Visayas Chancellor Rommel Espinosa, UP Los Baños Chancellor Fernando Sanchez, and UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan; UP President Alfredo Pascual; USAID Deputy Mission Director Reed Aeschliman; Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Officer-In-Charge Assistant Secretary for Human Resource Development and Information Systems Bresilda Gervacio and OIC Assistant Secretary for Administration and Finance Corazon Davis; UP Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela Concepcion; and USAID Environment, Energy, and Climate Change (EECC) Director Jeremy Gustafson, with stakeholder government agency representatives: (Second row, left to right) DENR Biodiversity Management Bureau Assistant Director Vincent Hilomen and Human Resources Development Service Director Ric Enriquez; League of Municipalities of the Philippines executive assistant Felix Catarata, representing Secretary General Abraham Burahan; and Department of Agriculture Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Assistant Director Benjamin Tabios Jr., during the launch of the Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management on 9 January 2015 at the Microtel, UP-Ayala Technohub, Quezon City.

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