Francisco Nemenzo, PhD
Professor Emeritus and former UP President

Francisco Nemenzo is a Professor Emeritus in political science, and former President of the University of the Philippines. Prior to his presidency, he served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in Diliman, Chancellor of UP Visayas, and Faculty Regent. He was also a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra and Visiting Professor at the International Christian University in Tokyo.
He held various posts outside the university:

  • Member (ex-officio), Board of Trustees, International Rice Research Institute   (1999-2005)
  • Member, Board of Regional Editors, (Contemporary Southeast Asia, a quarterly journal published by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore)
  • Founding Chairman, BISIG (Union of Filipino Socialists) (1986-88)
  • Chairman, First Quarter Storm Foundation (1997-99)
  • Chairman, Philippine Council, Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation (1965 until it was banned under martial law)
  • President, Philippines-Cuba Cultural and Friendship Association ( 2002-present)
  • National Chairman, Laban ng Masa (2005-2007)
  • Chairman, University of Manchester Alumni Association – Philippines
  • Columnist, Philippine Daily Globe (1987-90) and Manila Times (1993-95)

He received several awards both local and abroad including: Centennial Fellow, conferred by the University of the Philippines in 2008; Officier de l’Order National du Merite and Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques, both awarded by the Republic of France in 2006 and 2003 respectively; Distinguished Alumni Awards for the social sciences in 1985 and for university management in 1992.

He was also recognized as the Most Outstanding Cebuano in 1999 by the provincial government of Cebu and selected by the Sun-Star Daily as one of the most outstanding Cebuanos of the 20th century.

  • Ph.D., University of Manchester (England) (1965)
  • M.P.A, University of the Philippines (1959)
  • B.A., University of the Philippines (1957)
Research Interests
  • Revolutionary movements
  • Politicization of the military and militarization of politics
  • International politics
Courses Handled
  • Social Science 2 (Social, Economic and Political Thought)
  • Political Science 157 (Special Topics in Philippine Government and
  • Political Science 187 (Special Topics in International Relations)
  • Political Science 193 (Modern Political Thought)
  • Political Science 313 (Seminar in the Politics of Revolution)
  • International Studies 261 (Contemporary International Issues and Trends)
Recent Publications
  1. UP in the 21st Century and other essays (UP Press, 2000).
  2. “Reflections on Democracy and Democratization” in Democracy in East Asia and the Role of South Korea (Korean translation published by Korea Democracy Foundation and Sung Kong Hoe University, 2008).
  3. “The Myth of Re-Democratization in the Philippines” in Cho Hee Yeon, Lawrence Surendra and Eunhong Park, States of Democracy: Oligarchic Democracies and Asian Democratization (Mumbai, India: Earthworm Books, 2008).
  4. “Beyond the Classroom: Rebuilding a Damaged Nation” in Sentenaryo 1908-2008 (Quezon City: Office of the President, University of the Philippines, 2011).
  5. “The Challenges of Managing a State University” in Sister Teresa Joseph Patrick, Five Letters to St. Teresa (Quezon City: UP Press, 2011).