From its creation in 1998, the then-College of Public Affairs (CPAf) has made its mark in the field of development and governance studies. Through the years, CPAf has produced a significant number of graduates and a body of knowledge along institutional, policy and governance issues in the rural sector, in general, and in the agriculture and natural resources sectors, in particular.
Under a new name and a strong, dynamic “one-faculty-one-college” structure that helps strengthen and sustain its established innovations, the College of Public Affairs and Development now aims to offer more relevant academic programs on development and governance studies.
The Center for Strategic Planning and Policy Studies of the College of Public Affairs and Development organized a seminar entitled "Negotiations for Natural Resources Exploration: The Case of Tawi-Tawi Gold-Copper Project" last 28 July 2015 at CPAf, UP Los Baños. Dr. Myrna G. Cacho, Outstanding CPAf Graduate in 2015, was the resource speaker.
The College of Public Affairs and Development honored its graduates last July 3, 2015 in a recognition ceremony. There were a total of 40 graduates consisting of 2 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Community Development (CD), 2 PhD in Extension Education, 6 Master of Science (MS) in CD, 4 MS in Development Management and Governance (DMG), 12 Master in DMG, 3 Master of Public Affairs (MPAf) major in Local Governance and Developoment (LGD), 4 MPAf major in Education Management, 5 MPAf major in Strategic Planning and Public Policy, and 2 MPAf major in Agrarian and Rurban Development Studies.
The 3rd Student-Faculty-REPS Research Conference of CPAf was held on May 12, 2015 featuring 14 researches, field studies and graduate theses. The conference supports the University's mandate to serve as a research university pursuant to RA 9500. The event promotes and encourages research collaboration among its staff and studentry as it provides opportunity for exchange of ideas on improvement of their researches, and for future research areas.