Published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer | Inquirer.net - By Erika Sauler
MANILA, Philippines—“To build and sustain the university that is 106 years old, we need to look at the gaps, the divides that require bridges,” University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman Chancellor Michael L. Tan said during the affirmation rites held on Friday at the University Theater in Quezon City.
The UP Board of Regents affirmed Tan as the 10th chancellor of the Diliman campus in official rites held eight months after his appointment.
In his speech, Tan proposed to build bridges in seven areas: mind and body gap, academic silos, class divide, environment, constituent universities, the UP Integrated School and the UP Extension Program, and the outside world.
“We want to remain safe and smug in our Diliman Republic, but that means abdicating our duty to serve others,” said Tan who is also an Inquirer columnist. “UP cannot be a world unto itself. We have a responsibility as well to the world outside—to Quezon City, to the nation, to Asean, to the world.”
A medical anthropologist and former dean of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, he urged a transdisciplinary approach to academics to make the students, regardless of their major, appreciate their heritage natural resources.