THE Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and the University of the Philippines on Thursday announced that their academic year will soon begin in August and end in May to align it with the calendars of their overseas partners.
In a statement, ADMU said its board of trustees approved the shift in a meeting on February 5, 2014. The new schedule will take effect in the school year 2015-2016. But the shift does not apply to the Ateneo Grade School and High School academic schedules.
It added that the ADMU decided on the shift to align its school calendar with those of more than 80 percent of its university partners abroad.
University President Jose Ramon Villarin said the board decided to implement the shift next year because there are still “concerns and adjustments to be addressed to ensure a smooth transition.”
“We are dedicating one and a half years to work through these concerns thoroughly and systematically. We are confident that we will be ready by 2015,” he said.
One of the issues being considered is the timing of the licensure exams particularly in law, medicine and electronics engineering.
The University of the Philippines meanwhile approved shifting the start of the academic calendar to August from June effective this year.
However, UP Diliman will keep the June to March calendar “due to opposition registered by sectors.”
Under the new academic calendar, UP’s first semester will begin in August and end in December, while the second semester will be from January to May.
Other Philippine universities have also expressed intentions to change their academic year as part of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations integration in 2015.
These include the University of the Philippines in Diliman, De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University.