Today in Philippine History, March 6, 1909, the University of the Philippines Los Baños was officially established

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University of the Philippines, Los Baños   
Logo of the University of the Philippines, Los Baños
On March 6, 1909, the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) founded by American botanist Edwin B. Copeland, was officially established.

The Board of Regents of the American University of the Philippines established the College of Agriculture in Los Baños, Laguna, setting up an institution dedicated to research and education in agriculture and related disciplines.

UPLB has played an influential role in Asian agriculture and biotechnology due to its pioneering efforts in plant breeding and bioengineering focusing on the development of high-yielding and pest-resistant crops.

It is a recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award (regarded as Asia's Nobel Prize) as well as other awards from other Asian countries in recognition of its research works.

At present, the UPLB offers programs in the natural sciences, engineering, formal sciences, social sciences and liberal arts through its nine colleges and two schools.

Reference: Philippine News Agency archives
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