Professor Cynthia Rose BAUTISTA

Vice President for Academic Affairs

University of the Philippines

Professor Maria Cynthia Rose Banzon Bautista is Vice president for Academic Affairs of the University of the Philippines (UP) System and Professor of Sociology at UP Diliman. She has led various multi-disciplinary, inter-institutional and international research teams in exploring a wide range of social and political economic concerns. Seconded to the Commission on Higher Education as Commissioner from March 2012 to September 2016, she has also served as dean of the UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy and long-time executive director of the University Center for Integrative and Development Studies, the UP System’s policy research unit.


Beyond UP and CHED, Professor Bautista has served on the Advisory Board, Management Board, Board of Trustees or Executive Board of various institutions that include the National University of Singapore’s Asian Research Institute; the Philippine Institute of Development Studies, the Human Development Network, the Philippine Social Science Council, the Asian Scholarship Foundation, the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, and the UNESCO National Commission’s Social Sciences and Humanities Committee.


Professor Bautista represented CHED in the Executive Committee of the ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN) until 2016. She also chaired the Regional Task Force on the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF) under ASEAN’s economic secretariat and in this capacity shepherded the Framework through its finalization, endorsement by the ASEAN Economic, Education and Labour Minister and establishment of the ASEAN AQRF (referencing) Committee.


Professor Bautista is currently Chair of the Expert Working Group on the Qualifications Framework component of the European Union’s Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN Region (EU SHARE), an ASEAN programme focusing on ASEAN’s credit transfer system and student mobility; quality assurance and qualifications reference framework.


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