Intro & History


José Encarnación, Jr., National Scientist, UPSE Dean, 1974-1994

The University of the Philippines School of Economics (UPSE) provides instruction leading to undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics.

UPSE was established in 1965. The Department of Economics is responsible for the academic degree programs, while the Economics Research Center oversees the School’s research projects. A third functional department, the Public Affairs Office, coordinates the School’s various extension, training and public service activities. These are the three pillars the UPSE is known for. Now nearing its 50th year of existence, UPSE adheres to international standards of excellence and constantly introduces innovations in teaching, research and public service. The School is dedicated to making its teaching of economics compare with the best globally.

UPSE has an internationally renowned Ph.D. program in economics. Awarded as the Center of Excellence in Economics in 1999 by the Commission on Higher Education, the School is known for graduates who have been rigorously trained and prepared to become leaders in the field. Many of the prime movers in government, business, civil society and academia obtained their formal training in economics from UPSE.

José “Pepe” Encarnación, Jr. is the longest serving dean of UPSE (from 1974 to 1994).  He developed the economics profession in the Philippines. The building of UPSE was renamed in his honor in 2008 coinciding his 80th birth anniversary. To know more about the man, please click here.