The book chronicles UPOU’s journey by providing glimpses of how the fledgling institutions interpreted the educational environs and addressed the issues and challenges of the times through the years. The discourses are grouped according to the administrative terms of UPOU Chancellors roughly coinciding with the growth phases of the institution. Each phase is introduced by a bio note that candidly introduces the person behind the speeches; each Chancellor’s inaugural or investiture speech is likewise presented as a first peek into the leader’s thoughts as to how one intended to arrive at a desired institutional state of being – a road map that would define the vision of what UPOU was to become under his/her watch.
Varied in tone, emphasis and approach, the talks reveal the unique circumstances of the times, the frames by which these realities were assessed, and the way the leadership chose to respond. It is hoped that through their voices, through the years the UPOU story could be told – as it was starting up, as it struggled and came to terms with challenges, as it exerted leadership nationally and regionally, as it continues to carve a niche and express itself as a leading educational institution inspired by the University of the Philippines’ highest ideals of academic excellence and public service.