Framework for 2011
- The University of the Philippines is the national university and is heavily subsidized by the government;
- One of the mandates of the University is to lead as a public service university by providing various forms of community, public, and volunteer service, and scholarly and technical assistance to the government, the private sector, and civil society while maintaining its standards of excellence (RA 9500 Sec. 3, No. 5);
- The University of the Philippines Manila is one of the constituent universities and was mandated by RA 5163 (1967) to be the Health Sciences Center. It has 9 degree granting units, namely: College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy, College of Allied Medical Professions, College of Public Health, National Teacher Training Center for the Health Professions, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Health Sciences; and 2 non-degree granting units: the Philippine General Hospital and National Institutes of Health.
- In the 2009 workshop where UP Manila formulated action plans to respond to future directions set by the University of the Philippines System for the next 100 years, the return service agreement (RSA) as admission requirement was identified as one of the main action points.
- All colleges/units going into RSA consulted all stakeholders through meetings, conducted surveys and made presentations in their respective college councils before it was presented to the University Councils and the Board of Regents for approval.