Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The University of the Philippines Diliman, through the Asian Center, and the Mindanao State University are forging ahead with a partnership to promote the interface of Mindanao studies and Asian studies in the two campuses. To launch the partnership, UP Diliman Chancellor Fidel R. Nemenzo, DSc and MSU President Atty. Basari D. Mapupuno will sign a Memorandum of Agreement on 18 November 2022, 10:00 am, at the GT-Toyota Asian Center. The formal ceremony is part of the 67th founding anniversary celebration of the Asian Center.


The MOU is a product of a series fo discussions between the UP Asian Center, led by Dean Henelito A. Sevilla, Jr.,  and MSU-Main Campus, led by President Mapupunto, that identified areas of mutual interests. The areas for collaboration include faculty, researcher, student, and staff exchanges, research projects, academic presentations and conventions, as well as cultural, materials, and information exchange, among others.
In fulfillment of its mission and vision of developing broader neworks in Asian and Philippine Studies scholarship, the UP Asian Center is the implementing unit of the memorandum. It shall be effective for a period of three (3) years counted from the date of signature by the respresentatives of UP Diliman and MSU-Main Campus.


Another signing ceremony for the MOU will be held on 25 November 2022 to be hosted by Mindanao State University - General Santos City at their Fatima Campus.



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The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The UP Asian Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. It also offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. As an area studies institution, the Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website.