(01 March 2016. Pasay City, Philippines) SM Investments Corporation (SM) has turned over a nine-level building to the University of the Philippines (UP) Professional Schools at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.
The new satellite campus spans a total floor area of 12,000 square meters and houses 29 classrooms; three computer laboratories; a study area called a learning commons; faculty lounges; an auditorium; a moot court or a venue for simulated court proceedings for law students; a multipurpose hall; discussion rooms; conference rooms; office spaces; and an executive lounge.
“It is with great pride that we turn over today the Henry Sy Sr. Hall to the highly esteemed University of the Philippines here at BGC. The building carries no less than my father’s name whose prime advocacy is education.
He worked hard and sacrificed so much early in his life just to be able to receive a formal education. He wants the same for every Filipino,” SM Prime Holdings, Inc. President Hans T. Sy said.
Post-graduate classes will be held at the new campus. The UP College of Law will offer an evening Juris Doctor program.
The Cesar E. Virata School of Business will offer MBA and DBA classes starting in 2017. Other UP Diliman units that will be offering post-graduate classes at UP BGC include the College of Engineering; the School of Statistics; the School of Urban and Regional Planning; the School of Labor and Industrial Relations; and the College of Architecture.
In 2014, SM inked a memorandum of agreement with UP for the construction of a professional schools building.
UP is SM’s long-time partner school in its nationwide college scholarship program under SM Foundation, inc. Through this program, SM has and continues to provide free college education to thousands of deserving young people coming from financially challenged families. This program is also rooted in empowering the youth, giving them hope and honing their true potential while investing both in their future and that of the whole country.
About SM Investments
SM Investments Corporation is the country’s largest publicly listed holding company with a sustainable group of businesses that thrives on leadership, innovation and the synergistic operations in banking, property and retail.
SM steadily evolved and progressed from its humble beginnings as a modest shoe store in 1958 to one of today’s largest and most well-known Philippine corporations. It was listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange in 2005 and owns blue-chip listed firms SM Prime Holdings, BDO Unibank, and China Banking Corporation.