Angelo Acedera, News, Communication Management Office
Celebrating its 32nd Founding Anniversary, PUP Open University held a convocation with the theme: PUP OUS: Creating New Paths for Flexible Open and Distance Learning on April 1, 2022, via Zoom.
“This convocation declares the beginning of the 33rd year of the Open University System, the 33rd year of giving second chances, at this time of beginning we can channel our excitement into finding and igniting our passions, I am calling all of us to continue pursuing the passion of serving our students and consequently our nation,” OUS Executive Director Dr. Carmencita L. Castolo said in her forward-looking speech.
Dr. Cherrie Melanie Ancheta-Diego, CESO III, Director of Program Standard and Development Commission on Higher Education is the Guest Speaker of the convocation. She reiterated the influence of PUP OUS in our country.
“PUP OUS as one of the premiere open and distance learning institution and being able to influence and move others towards excellence, the passion to make a difference is on your hands rest the power to cooperate and trailblaze a cultural quality in open and distance education in the country,” Dr. Ancheta-Diego said.
PUP OUS is known as the “Pamantasang Bayan”. Established in 1990, OUS traces its mandate with Article IV of the 1987 Philippine Constitution which states that quality education at all levels should be made accessible to all Filipinos and self-leaning. In 1970, OUS initially offered non-degree programs or technical-vocational courses; transforming today to an institution which grants bachelors and graduate degree programs.
OUS is also the implementing arm for the University’s pioneering education outreach program, Education on Wheels (EOW). This offers bachelor degrees to out-of-school youth, marginalized sector, and members of indigenous people using a bus convertible into a classroom.
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