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DSCTA is 2022 DOST-NRCP Outstanding Institution for Humanities 


The UP Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts (DSCTA) has been chosen by the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) as its 2022 Outstanding Institution for Humanities.


The DSCTA is recognized for producing distinguished scholars, artists, practitioners, critics, and leaders in speech studies, rhetoric, orality, theatre arts, and performance studies in local and international settings. The DSCTA also produced four National Artists, two National Research Council of the Philippines Achievement aAwardees (Humanities), a Philippine National Book awardee, and a The Outstanding Women in Nation's Service (TOWNS) recipient. Its faculty, students, and alumni have received the Aliw Award, Gawad Buhay, and the Carlos Palanca Award for Literature. The department has  also produced several UP Professors Emeriti, University Artists, Gawad Tsanselor para sa Natatanging Guro, Gawad Tsanselor para sa Natatanging Kawani, and has received International Publications Awards, professorial chairs, grants, and other academic prizes.

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DSCTA's public service initiatives include programs for teachers and students all over the country, including The Pathways for Creative Industries and Philippine Performance Practices and Speech Communication National Workshop for Children and Youth. It maintains research collaborations with partner institutions such as the Asian Theatre Working Group and the International Federation for Theatre Research. 


DSCTA's Dulaang UP is the only formal theater training program in the country leading to the completion of an Associate in Arts and a Bachelor's degree in Theatre. UP Diliman's University Council recently approved DSCTA's proposal to offer the country's first-ever Ph.D. in Performance Studies program. 


The Department is the second unit from the College of Arts and Letters to be given the prestigious recognition from the NRCP. In 2018, Institute of Creative Writing was NRCP's Outstanding Institution for Humanities.


The NRCP Awards are given annually to all deserving members (Achievement Award), senior members (Member Emeritus), and partner institutions (Outstanding Institution) of the Council for their achievements in research, distinguished membership, and contributions to the growth and development of basic sciences, in various fields of natural and physical sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. Honorees are conferred and recognized during NRCP’s Annual General Membership Assembly. This year the conferment ceremony will be held at the Philippine International Convention Center on 10 March 2023.

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