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 UP Asian Center successfully held a face-to-face Student Orientation for newly admitted students for the Second Semester of Academic Year 2023-2024 on 3 February 2024, at the Seminar Room, GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center. Thirteen (13) new students were oriented on the Center’s academic programs and policies, resources, and facilities.
Dean Henelito A. Sevilla blissfully opened the program with a welcome remark, followed by a short introduction of the students, faculty, and staff. Dr. Tina Clemente, head of the curriculum development committee, provided an overview of the Asian Studies and Philippine Studies programs.
To help the students be familiarized on how to navigate their programs, the College Secretary Dr. Maria Dulce F. Natividad discussed the program requirements, coursework, comprehensive exams, thesis writing, and working with program and thesis advisers.
Asian Center staff also provided information on available resources offered by both the Center and the university which includes the Asian Studies Journal, website and social media pages, lectures and seminars, faculty publications, the museum, scholarships, and student health and well-being. The program ended with a tour to the Asian Center Museum, facilitated by Junior Museum Specialist, Ms. Phoebe Pangilinan.
In the afternoon, two Student Life Workshop sessions were conducted. Acting Head Librarian Arthur Mariano equipped the students with information on the library resources and services, local databases, subscribed e-resources, resource on demand services, and remote access to e-resources to aid them in their classes. Finally, UPD Gender Office Campaign and Advocacy Officer, Patricia Sybil Aurelio provided a crash course orientation on gender sensitivity to the new students.
The student orientation for new students and the student life series are held every semester. For more information about these semester’s guidelines, visit this article.


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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. For other news and upcoming events at the Asian Center, click here.