The University invites its alumni to partake as resource speakers in different institutional events (i.e. Incorporation Rites, Commencement Exercises, etc.) and various conferences. These are concrete venues by which the alumni can share with the students their experiences in the professional world and how the UA&P education contributed to their prestige. During last year’s Incorporation Rites, OAA tapped Mr. Edmond Tobias (ABHBA, 1998) and Mr. Ramon Cabrera (MAPE-IRD, 2012) to give a speech to the UA&P Freshmen. Moreover, Ms. Hygeia Chi (ABHPCPE, 2009) led the graduating batch in saying the Alumni Oath last June 4, 2016.
The Corporate Communications Office (CCO) handles a group of alumni who are willing to be more involved in promoting UA&P to prospective freshmen. An alumnus/alumna goes to his/her own high school to tell them about UA&P. Those outside Metro Manila can help promote the University by giving presentations on UA&P to the high schools in their area. Moreover, CCO also taps alumni who can partake in a casual talk alongside selected students, faculty, and staff during the Freshmen Orientation. Would you like to join the team? Simply contact Ms. Jennifer Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the Asia-Pacific region, UA&P is singular in using a mentoring system in which one-on-one sessions between mentor and student aim to bring the integration of knowledge, skills, and values down to the personal level.
This mentoring program nourishes the individual’s development and reinforces the whole-person formation students receive from the liberal education and the graduate schools. It provides students with the opportunity to avail themselves of personal advising and assistance in different areas and at various stages of their personal, professional, and social life in the University. It helps them reflect upon, assess, evaluate, and integrate their learning skills and experiences—under the guidance of a mentor—in a way that benefits the acquisition and strengthening of their intellectual skills and moral criteria.
Each student is assigned his mentor – who can be a faculty member, administrative staff, or alumni – upon entry in the University. This system of personal formation revolves around the mentoring sessions, which are regular, confidential conversations between the student and his or her mentor about student life. In principle, the sessions occur for thirty minutes once a month. However, if circumstances permit, the mentor can meet his or her students as often as needed. The mentoring program is gender specific: female students are assigned female mentors; male students, male mentors.