Jose V. Abueva


Dr. Jose Veloso Abueva was Professor Emeritus of Political Science & Public Administration who served as the President of the University of the Philippines System from 1987 to 1993 and Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Diliman from 1990 to 1991. His specializations include democracy and governance, political science, politics and administration, and decentralization and federalism.

He was the Secretary of the Philippine Constitutional Convention of 1971 and the chairman of the Legislative-Executive Military Bases Council from 1989 to 1990.  and as chairperson of the Consultative Constitutional Commission during the presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2005.

Professor Emeritus Abueva was a visiting professor at Yale University and Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (CUNY) and guest lecturer at the University of Michigan, the University of Hawaii, the University of Oregon, Cornell University, Duke University, Tufts University, Sophia University in Tokyo, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Waseda University, the City University of New York, Colombia University, University of California, Berkeley and Northern Illinois University among others. He also taught at the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan and worked for the Ford Foundation.

He was also the Assistant Dean of the Institute of Public Administration, the predecessor of what is now the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG). During his university presidency, he established the Leadership, Citizenship, and Democracy Program (LCDP) in 1992 which would eventually become the Center for Leadership, Citizenship, and Democracy (CLCD).

Dr. Abueva has written a number of books, including “Focus in the Barrio: The Foundation of the Philippine Community Development Program”, “Reinventing UP as the National University: Learning for Truth, Leadership, and Social Transformation”, “Towards a Federal Republic of the Philippines with a Parliamentary Government by 2010: A Draft Constitution”, “Charter Change for Good Governance: Towards a Federal Republic of the Philippines with a Parliamentary Government”, “Ramon Magsaysay: A Political Biography”, and “Ang Filipino sa Siglo 21.” Dr. Abueva also edited the 20-volume “PAMANA: The UP Anthology of Filipino Socio-Political Thought since 1872”, “Handbook of Philippine Public Administration”, and “The Post-EDSA Vice-Presidency, Congress, and Judiciary: Self Assessments and Alternative Assessments” among many other publications.

Outside the University, he was the founder and former President of Kalayaan College. He was also a columnist for The Bohol Times.


  • Ph.D. Political Science (minor in Sociology), University of Michigan
  • Master of Public Administration, University of Michigan
  • A.B. Arts/Law (cum laude), University of the Philippines


  • “TOYM” Award (in Political Science) by Philippine Junior Chamber of Commerce (JAYCEES), 1962
  • Distinguished Scholar Award of the University of the Philippines (the first year this ward was given under U.P. President Carlos P. Romulo), 1968
  • Most Outstanding Alumnus in the Social Sciences at the University of the Philippines, by the U.P. Alumni Association, 1976
  • Most Outstanding Professional Achievement Award in Social Science for 1987, Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Science, U.P. Alpha Chapter
  • Honorary Fellow, The Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science, 1987
  • Certificate of Recognition “for outstanding and dedicated service to our country and the international community of nations, as an academic leader, writer, researcher, and negotiator in our quest for peace.” International Societies of Phi Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Gammu Mu, 1988
  • Award of Recognition by the U.S. Big Ten Universities Alumni Associations, 1990
  • Honorary Doctorate, Soka University, Tokyo, 1991
  • Gawad bilang pagkilala sa kanyang pagtataguyod at pamumuno sa pagpaunlad, paggamit at pagpalaganap sa Filipino ang Wikang Pambansa (award for his leadrship and support in promoting the development, use and diffusion of Filipino, the national language) (1994-95)