|Mr. Alfredo E. Pascual|
Alfredo E. Pascual is the 20th President of the University of the Philippines (U.P.), the country’s national university. He assumed the position in February 2011 for a term of six years. He teaches finance and management.
Founded in 1908, U.P. is now a system of seven constituent universities and a constituent college with a total of over 58,000 students and 12,000 faculty and staff spread in 17 campus sites across the Philippines.
President Pascual is implementing a strategic plan to launch U.P. on a trajectory of becoming a great university in the 21st century—a university that takes leadership in the development of a globally competitive Philippines. He has carried out reforms, programs, and projects to transform U.P. into a research-intensive university, promote internationalization, modernize pedagogy, formalize quality assurance, and strengthen public service and sports development. He has ensured that qualified students with financial difficulties are able to enroll, while continuing to address the challenge of increasing the admission to U.P. of students from the underserved sectors. To strengthen the faculty, he has allocated more funds for doctoral studies abroad, interdisciplinary research grants, professorial chairs, international publications, and other performance awards.
To create a supportive environment for academic excellence, President Pascual has worked on improving the financial and administrative operations of U.P. He has achieved substantial increases in government funding for U.P.; raised donations from alumni and friends for student scholarships, professorial chairs, and physical facilities; and generated income from U.P.’s land assets. He is implementing a university-wide integrated information system to sharpen decision making, speed up service delivery, and strengthen contro
Prior to U.P., President Pascual worked at Asian Development Bank (ADB) for 19 years in various positions including Director of Private Sector Operations, Director of Infrastructure Finance, and Advisor for Public-Private Partnership. He spent most of his ADB career at the bank’s headquarters in Manila, but also had postings in New Delhi and Jakarta.
For eight years in the 1970s, he was among the pioneers of investment banking in the Philippines, holding executive positions in Bancom Development Corporation, Philippine Pacific Capital (now RCBC Capital), and First Metro Investment Corporation.
As an educator, President Pascual spent 9 years as the American Express Foundation Professor of Financial Management at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). Early in his career, he taught for about a year at U.P. and for four years (part-time) at the Ateneo de Manila University.
President Pascual obtained BS Chemistry (cum laude) and MBA from U.P. He attended the EEC-ASEAN Teacher Programme at the Euro-Asia Center in INSEAD, France. He was conferred the honorary degrees of Doctor of Sciences by the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (University of the City of Manila), Doctor of Humanities by the Partido State University, and Doctor of Pedagogy by Angeles University Foundation.
In college, he was a science scholar and student leader. He enjoyed scholarships from U.P. and the government (through NSDB, now DOST), and served as President of the U.P. Debating Society and as Councilor-at-Large in the University Student Council, among others.
Among his more recent awards are the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award, the Rotary Golden Wheel Award for Higher Education, and the U.P. College of Business Administration Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Currently, President Pascual is also a Professorial Lecturer at the College of Economics and Management of U.P. Los Banos, the Chairman of the U.P. Foundation, Inc., a Trustee of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), and a Trustee of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). At the international level, he is the President of the Korean Studies Association of Southeast Asia (KoSASA), and a Steering Committee member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) and of the Southeast and South Asia and Taiwan Universities (SATU).
President Pascual is a member and has served as a Governor of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), a lifetime member of the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX), and a member of the Rotary Club of Makati. In the run up to the Presidential election in May 2010, he served as a lead convener and spokesman of the Automated Election System (AES) Watch.
He was a member of the U.P. Board of Regents before becoming U.P. President.