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UAP LEADERSHIP IN EDUCATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

(UAP-LEAP)
1. INTRODUCTION
With the advent of the ASEAN 2015 integration resulting in cross-border practice ,
Filipino Architects have to prepare themselves to face this challenge. An architect
cannot just be a generic architect, but should begin looking at specializing in any field
of architecture in order to cope with rising challenges brought about by global
practice.
While many architects in the ASEAN region are leveling up to Levels 7 and 8, still a lot
of Filipino Architects are only on Level 6 with no Masters degree. Presently, out of
the 30,000 + architects registered with the Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC)
only a small percentage have a Masters degree and more so, a doctorate degree.
This small group is usually part of the academe, as it has been a requirement for
those in this sector to have a masters degree before they are allowed to teach in
universities. Most of these MS Degrees are focused on a specific field of architecture
making it their specialization. Such programs are Heritage Conservation/Studies,
Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, Architectural Education and Construction
Management.
There are more specializations available for architects, however it has become
unattainable as one has to commit his time, money, and effort to complete the
program, limiting the specialization to those Architects closely working in the
academe.
2. BACKGROUND OF THE PROJECT
Most masters degree programs or we may call specialization for architecture are
offered only in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) mostly in the National Capital
Region (NCR). There are a few in the provinces; University of San Carlos, La
Consolacion College, UP Mindanao, and Ateneo de Davao University among others.
This program has been approved through the following:
EXECOM RESOLUTION 14-15 No.2-07
BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, That the Executive Committee approves
in principle Mechanics for the UAP Scholarship Program.
BOARD RESOLUTION 14-15 No. 3-13
WHEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the National Board of
Directors ratifies Execom Resolution 14-15 No.2-07: Approval of the Mechanics for
the UAP Scholarship Program.
3. PROJECT OBJECTIVES
3.1 To promote amongst members the need to acquire a Masters Degree;
3.2 To extend financial assistance to UAP members who shall be engaged in
acquiring a Masters Degree;
3.3 To assure the continuity of a masters degree program for architecture in the
regions;
3.4 To increase the roster of architects having various degrees or specialization
through a masters degree; and
3.5 To collaborate with universities offering graduates studies in developing a
program for cross-university enrollments in universities/schools of
architecture in areas/regions where no graduate studies in architecture or
aligned courses are offered.
4. FUNDING
An initial funding of P500,000.00 shall be allocated from the General Fund to jump
start the program. The succeeding funds to replenish the program shall be derived
from the proceeds of income generating activities of the UAP. The UAP National
Board shall ensure the continuity of the program by regularly allocating funds for this
purpose.
5. THE PROGRAMS
The Program is divided into three types of assistance:
5.1 Thesis Assistance
5.2 Scholarship Grants
5.3 Inter-School Partnership Assistance
6. THESIS ASSISTANCE
6.1 This assistance is open to any UAP member who is currently enrolled in any
Masters degree program in Architecture or any aligned course and currently
undertaking the thesis for the current school year (SY 2014-2015).
6.2 An assistance package amounting to fifteen thousand pesos (P15,000.00)
shall be given to help defray the cost of the thesis work. The thesis assistance
shall be given in three (3) tranches:
6.2.1 upon enrolment
6.2.2 upon presentation of a certificate of deliberation, and
6.2.3 after graduation
The last tranch will be released only upon the submission of a copy of the
thesis book and the certificate of graduation from the school to the UAP
Committee on Scholarship and Training.
6.3 For the initial program, twenty (20) UAP members who will receive the
assistance package will be coming from UAP chapters in the twenty districts
of UAP (one recipient for each district). Should there be no applicant within a
district, the slot will be given to another district who may have more than
one qualified applicant. The selection shall be left to the discretion of the
Evaluation Committee.
6.4 Qualifications:
6.4.1 A UAP member in good standing for the last five years and preferably,
has served the chapter as an officer in any capacity;
6.4.2 With no existing scholarship grant;
6.4.3 With a satisfactory academic performance in his/her graduate studies;
and
6.4.4 Willing to be a member of the UAP Speakers Pool.
6.5 Procedure for Application:
The following documents are to be submitted:
6.5.1 Application Letter addressed to the UAP-LEAP Evaluation Committee
6.5.2 Curriculum Vitae
6.5.3 Certified True Copy of Grades for the graduate academic subjects
completed
6.5.4 Photocopy of current enrollment/registration form
6.5.5 Photocopy of current PRC Identification Card
6.5.6 Photocopy of current UAP-IAPOA Certificate
6.5.7 Endorsement letters from the following:
6.5.7.1 Chapter President
6.5.7.2 District Director
6.5.7.3 Area Vice-President
6.5.8 The above documents shall be contained in a sealed long brown envelope
with a mark on the front: UAP-LEAP (THESIS ASSISTANCE)
6.5.9 Deadline for application for the thesis assistance will be on November 22,
2014. Successful recipients will be notified in writing by the UAP after
fifteen days.
7. SCHOLARSHIP GRANTS
7.1 This type of program will be open to those currently enrolled in a Masters
degree in Architecture or any aligned course to help defray the costs for the
tuition and other expenses. The Scholarship Grant shall be for a maximum of
two years or four semesters only.
7.2 For second semester of SY 2014-2015, ten (10) recipients will receive a grant
of ten thousand pesos (P10,000.00) each. The recipients will be coming from
chapters in the following areas (2 each area):
7.2.1 Area A (Districts A1a, A1b, A2a, A2b)
7.2.2 Area B (Districts B3, B4, B5)
7.2.3 Area C (Districts C1, C2, C3, C4)
7.2.4 Area D (Districts D1, D2, D3, D4)
7.2.5 NCR (Districts A3, A4, A5, B1, B2)
7.3 Qualifications:
7.3.1 A UAP member in good standing for the last five years and preferably,
has served the chapter as an officer;
7.3.2 With satisfactory performance during his/her undergraduate course;
7.3.3 Has completed at least nine (9) units of graduate studies and willing
to enroll at least nine (9) units for the duration of the program;
7.3.4 No existing scholarship grant.
7.4 Procedure for Application
Applicant shall submit the following documents:
7.4.1 Application Letter addressed to the UAP-LEAP Evaluation Committee
7.4.2 Curriculum Vitae
7.4.3 Photocopy of Transcript of Record (undergraduate)
7.4.4 Certified True Copy of Grades (graduate units completed)
7.4.5 Photocopy of current enrollment/registration form
7.4.6 Photocopy of undergraduate Diploma
7.4.7 Photocopy of current PRC Identification Card
7.4.8 Photocopy of current UAP-IAPOA Certificate
7.4.9 Endorsement letters from the following:
7.4.9.1 Chapter President
7.4.9.2 District Director
7.4.9.3 Area Vice-President
The above documents shall be contained in a sealed long brown envelope
with a mark on the front: UAP-LEAP (SCHOLARSHIP GRANT)
7.5 The first batch of grantees will be awarded to those who will be enrolling this
coming second semester of SY 2014-2015. Deadline of Application will be on
November 28, 2014. Successful recipients will be notified in writing by the
UAP within fifteen days.
8. INTER-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP ASSISTANCE
This type of assistance is to be extended in areas where there are no existing
university/school offering masters degree programs in architecture and aligned
courses. The UAP shall provide the assistance in forging collaboration with HEIs
offering these courses with host universities/institutes.
8.1 UAP members who are willing to undertake Masters Degree courses shall
constitute themselves, either thru the chapter or the district, and send a
Letter of Request to the UAP Committee on Scholarship and Training so as to
facilitate a possible collaboration with identified HEIs. The letter shall contain
the signatures of interested participants.
8.2 The UAP Committee on Scholarship and Training shall prepare a feasibility
study to determine the costs of the course. A minimum number of
participant/s is/are necessary for the sustainability of the program and the
minimum number shall be based on the feasibility study.
8.3 The participants in this program shall pay the necessary tuition fees and
other miscellaneous expenses for the course.
8.4 The UAP shall shoulder the costs for the travel and lodging of lecturers from
the established HEIs to the host university/school. Said costs shall be included
in the feasibility study.
8.5 A Memorandum of Agreement shal l be formul ated by the
col l aborati ng schools and UAP to ensure the successful delivery of the
program.
9. ACCREDITED MASTERS DEGREE PROGRAMS
The following graduate course disciplines are covered by this program:
9.1 Architecture
9.2 Urban Planning
9.3 Heritage/Conservation Studies
9.4 Landscape Architecture
9.5 Construction Management
9.6 Architectural Education
Other aligned/allied courses are subject to the approval of the UAP-LEAP Evaluation
Committee.
10. EVALUATION COMMITTEE
All applications for the thesis assistance program and the scholarship program are to
be submitted to the UAP-LEAP Evaluation Committee. The Committee shall be
composed of the following:
10.1 National President
10.2 National Executive Vice-President
10.3 Chancellor, College of Fellows
10.4 Executive Director, Professional Development Commission
10.5 Executive Director, Commission on Education
The names of the successful recipients shall be submitted to the UAP National Board
for approval.
11. OTHER CONDITIONS
11.1 All queries regarding the program shall be coursed thru:
The Chairman
Committee on Scholarship and Training
United Architects of the Philippines
#53 Scout Rallos St., Diliman, Quezon City
Email: uapnational@yahoo.com
11.2 A Memorandum of Undertaking between UAP and any participant shall be
signed prior to any release of funds. The UAP Committee on Scholarship and
Training shall prepare the memorandum to be approved by the UAP National
Board.
11.2.1 As a gesture of gratitude, a participant is expected to serve the UAP in
any capacity for at least one fiscal year. This condition shall not
anymore apply to those who have served the UAP either as Chapter
President, District Director, National Committee Chair, Executive
Director and National Executive Committee member.
11.2.2 Those who have completed the program shall automatically become a
member of the UAP Speakers Pool and shall share their knowledge to
other UAP members, as speaker in seminars, workshops, and
continuing education courses.