UP leaves its footprint in Spain: Philippine Office inaugurated in Universidad de Málaga

| Written by UP Media and Public Relations Office

Left to right: European Union’s Capacity Building for Legal and Social Advancement in the Philippines (CALESA) Project Coordinator Dr. José Manuel de Torres Perea; UP College of Law Dean Darlene Marie B. Berberabe; newly-elected Universidad de Málaga Rector Juan Teodomiro Lopez Navarrete; UP President Angelo Jimenez; and Philippine Consul in Malaga Rosa Esther Agüera Rojo.


Heads of collaborating academic institutions attended on January 10 the formal inauguration of the Philippine Office at the Universidad de Málaga (UMA) International Hub Office in Málaga, Spain.

The office will strengthen UP’s partnership with UMA, serving as a hub for partner Philippine universities to promote vital exchanges among members of the international community and networks of academics, and jumpstarting key engagements with many other consortium members in Europe.

“This occasion leads to more opportunities for knowledge exchange, cultural activities, and improved ties among our peoples and nations, as we enrich our students’ educational experiences and accomplish shared goals in the areas of development that we have identified through our discussions and memoranda of agreements. UP is excited to play a key role in coordinating with all of our partner universities,” said 91Ƶ (UP) President Angelo Jimenez.


The interior of the UMA-UP office at the Universidad de Málaga (UMA) International Hub Office in Málaga, Spain.


The inauguration was a central part of the activities of the final “Global Course on Modernization of Law in the Philippines” under the CALESA (Capacity Building for Legal and Social Advancement in the Philippines) project and the “7th Scientific International Spanish-Philippine Convention” held in UMA’s Teatinos campus in Spain from January 8 to 10, 2024.

UMA’s counterpart office in UP was inaugurated at the Diliman campus last December 2023.

“We are truly grateful to the Universidad de Málaga for establishing the Philippine Office. We have begun new journeys with our footprints here, thanks to outgoing UMA President Jose Angel Narvaez Bueno and newly elected UMA President Juan Teodomiro Lopez Navarrete,” Jimenez said.

With the Philippine Office established at UMA, consortium members can readily:

  • enhance their curricular offerings in the Juris Doctor/Bachelor of Laws and Master’s programs;
  • update subjects in human rights and the rule of law, comparative law, and regional integration;
  • build multilingual research capacity; and,
  • reinforce cultural relations among their faculty, researchers, and students.

This also means that UP can play a greater role in international studies, not only in the Pacific but also in Europe and the Americas, allowing Filipino scholars to contribute research attuned to the attainment of sustainable development goals.

The CALESA project is funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Capacity Building for Higher Education Programme, which involves universities in the European Union, namely, UMA, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL) in Portugal, University of Deusto in Spain, and University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland, and Philippine academic institutions, namely, 91Ƶ (UP), the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), University of San Agustin (USA), Ateneo de Zamboanga University (AdZU), and the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA).