The Institute of Statistics is proud to release its first issue of the first volume of INSTAT UPDATES: The Institute of Statistics Official Gazette. Be informed. Be updated. Enjoy reading!
The pursuit of academic excellence and high-impact community service paved the way for the Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) to fulfill its vision: To become a center of excellence in statistics. By virtue of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order No. 38 signed and released November 23, 2015, INSTAT is now one of two centers of excellence in the country. As COE, INSTAT, can avail of financial assistance for the development and further improvement of its degree programs. INSTAT has three years to prove its worth as COE in the area of statistical education, research and extension from January 2016 to December 2018.
Last November 23 2015, The UP Los Baños Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) and the UP Diliman School of Statistics (UPSS) held the 16th Joint Student-Faculty Conference on Statistical Sciences at the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). With the theme “Statistics in the Age of Data and Opportunities,” paper presentations focused on the importance of statistical procedures in extracting valuable information from a mass of data. The conference showcased paper presentations of research activities, special problems and thesis of both faculty and students from different universities. It also served as venue for scholarly exchange of ideas and issues in statistics among students of various schools. Aside from UPSS and UPLB INSTAT constituents, a number of faculty members and students of the Central Luzon State University, De La Salle University,
In response to the challenge posted by climate change, Project SARAI, funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) was launched in November 2013. SARAI which stands for Smarter Approaches to Reinvigorate Agriculture as an Industry (SARAI) consists of five component projects. One of the main components of the Project SARAI is Project 1. Model Development and Crop Forecasting , is based at INSTAT, with Dr. Felino P. Lansigan as Project Leader. The project aims to construct crop models using processed based and/or empirical models for six major crops namely: rice, corn, coconut, banana and coffee/cacao. These models will be used to provide timely crop advisories to farmers and other agricultural stakeholders. INSTAT Director Dr. CE Reaño serves as Commodity Leader for Coconut in Projects 1 and 2 of SARAI.