May I take this opportunity to inform you about interesting happenings at the College of Economics and Management. We have all been busy working on a number of curricular proposals; packaging and implementation of research projects; offering training programs and short courses; providing technical assistance to government agencies, private businesses and NGOs; attending to our students and other clients; and planning for infrastructure development of the College.
Our faculty worked so hard to revise our three BS programs, now up for final approval --- Agricultural and Applied Economics, Economics, and Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship –-- in line with the K-12 program for primary and secondary education, outcomes-based education (OBE), ASEAN University Network (AUN) accreditation system, new developments in the disciplines, and feedback from alumni on how to strengthen these programs. Recent researches are on value chain analysis, impact assessment (ex-ante and ex-post), market development, green cooperatives, food security and safety, renewable energy, environmental economics and natural resources management, among others. To enhance scientific productivity, disseminate research outputs, and sustain a positive research culture, CEM publishes the bi-annual Journal of Economics, Management and Agricultural Development (JEMAD). We invite you to send publishable materials for this journal.
In order to reach the general public and enhance awareness on economics and management issues that matter to everyday life, CEM also publishes a one-pager technical bulletin Economics and Management Matters with 5-10 issues per month. These are also being compiled as book with volume 1 already published as Economics and Management Briefs. The CEM Newsletter is also regularly published to update everyone on CEM’s activities. While hard copies are distributed, all these are available online in our website.
CEM traces its roots from the Department of Rural Economics (DRE) which was established at the UP College of Agriculture (UPCA) (now the UP Los Baños) in June 1919. In 1956, the DRE was renamed as the Department of Agricultural Economics (DAE), in accordance with the UPCA’s refurbished academic and research goals.
In 1975, DAE was weaned from its mother unit, UPCA, to form the Institute of Agricultural Development and Administration (IADA), with the late Dr. Pedro R. Sandoval as first Director. The IADA, which was composed of the Departments of Agricultural Economics, Economics, and Agribusiness and Development Management, continued to build upon the strengths of its agricultural economics foundation while steadily moving toward broader academic horizons and gaining wider perspectives.
Subsequently, in recognition of its maturity as an institution of higher learning, IADA was elevated as the College of Development Economics and Management (CDEM) on 27 July 1978 (904th BOR meeting). This came with the inclusion of Agricultural Credit and Cooperatives Institute (ACCI, established in 1960) and the Agrarian Reform Institute (ARI, established in 1970) which continued to serve as research program centers under the coordination of the College. In 1980, the Research Management Center was established as a specialized extension unit of UPLB operating directly under the Office of the Dean. Finally, CDEM evolved into the College of Economics and Management (CEM) on 24 February 1987 by virtue of the 996th University of the Philippines Board of Regents meeting.