(FEB. 28)—Dr. Michael Lim Tan, dean of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP), affirmed his position as the tenth chancellor of UP Diliman before UP President Alfredo E. Pascual, and witnessed by the vice presidents of the UP System and some UPD officials at 5 p.m, Feb. 27 at Quezon Hall.
Rather than the traditional oath-taking, Tan took an affirmation, following the tenets of the Quakers, of which he is a member. "Quaker kasi ako at bawal sa amin ang oath-taking. So insted of saying 'nanunumpa' we say 'taos-pusong pinagtitibay.' And we don't close with 'Siya nawa Diyos.' Ang dahilan dito is we believe that if we want to promise we will do something, we shouldn't have to invoke the name of God. Gawin na lang," Tan emailed UPDate on Feb. 28.
The University of the Philippines Board of Regents, in its meeting today, 27 February 2014, appointed Dr. Michael L. Tan, dean of the College of Social Science and Philosophy and Professor of Anthropology of UP Diliman, as the new UP Diliman Chancellor. Dr. Tan will serve as Chancellor from 01 March 2014 to 28 February 2017.Dr. Tan was chosen among the seven (7) nominees, namely:
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February 21, 2014
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