Encompassing the years 1999 to 2004, Dr. Ricardo P. Pama brought the inner passion and indefatigable drive to the August halls of the Baguio Colleges Foundation when he came on board as its President.
In a span of five school years, BCF attained the much coveted "university" status and became the University of the Cordilleras; one of only a handful education institutions in 2003, which was deemed as having fully complied with the most stringent governing state standards ever.
Faced with Dr. Pama's unbending focus & relentless advocacy, the entire UC community quickly detected movement towards very definite directions. He then proceeded to harness and mobilize UC's intrinsic virtues and strengths. He reinforced the organization's orientation to 'a culture of exceeding' and 'not merely meeting minimum standards'. He infused an institution-wide work ethic of meticulous recording and document preparation. By doing so, an air of self confidence and competency set in, replacing as "doable" what was perceived to be "unattainable". A disciplined, methodical, "one-step-at-a-time" momentum of progress and attainment took hold.
Nowhere did this 'institutional renaissance' more dramatically manifest itself than in the pivotal academic milieu of research and professional development. An innovative research-generating system organized by teams with built-in incentives was programmed for institutionalization. Simultaneously, UC teachers and staff were subjected to a full-scale campaign for sustained professional growth, a call launched and pursued, individually and collectively, by no less than the President of UC himself.
Inspired by the infectious enthusiasm and energy of their President, the response from the faculty and staff was unprecedented. Thus the master's degree ratio at UC surged from below 20% to an unprecedented 81% level; by any reckoning, a feat of international dimensions. Where the national trend was dormant, UC's attainments in each key result were ascendant.
Providentially coinciding with the vigorous completion of UC's university status requirements was the ascendancy of the helm of the Commission on Higher Education of a most enlightened leadership. A leadership that was decisive, that acted with conviction, that was unwavering in rewarding excellence when such finding proved genuine. A leadership that was as systematic as it was clear-minded. A "trust-but-verify" policy executed through pragmatic mechanisms such as "on the ground" verification and direct interviews of teachers and students was applied to validate assertions made on paper.
And the rest, as they say, is history. On November 22, 2003, the University of the Cordilleras was officially recognized; --- a consequence of a confluence of events and eminent "men on mission to serve the public good" at both UC and the Commission on Higher Education.. Appropriately the mission of UC-BCF is to transcend the proprietary element in educational institutions, having been statutorily organized to benefit only its constituency, its community and the nation at large.
Ricardo Pama served with distinction in the world of Academe. At the apex of his career thereon, he served as the highest-ranking Asian at the Asian Institute of Technology. He returned to the Philippines in 1996, to be of service to his country at the most significant period of his life and times.
Whereupon the University of the Cordilleras, deeply grateful and appreciative of the attainments and efforts that culminated in one of the most stirring and distinctive milestones of its institution's storied history, the Board of Trustees conferred him the title of 'President Emeritus'.
- Elementary Education (Valedictorian), San Enrique Elementary School, 1946 - 1952
- High School Education (Valedictorian), Passi High School, 1952 - 1956
- Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Iloilo City Colleges, 1956 - 1959
- Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE), Mapua Institute of Technology, 1959 - 1961
- Master of Engineering (M. Eng.), SEATO Graduate School of Engineering (now Asian Institute of Technology), Bangkok, Thailand, 1962 - 1964
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Queens College University of St. Andrews, Dundee, Scotland, U.K., 1965 - 1968
- Technical Consultant, Comminssion on Higher Education, 2009 - Present
- President, University of the Cordilleras (formerly Baguio Colleges Foundation, 2009 - Present
- President, Angeles University Foundation, 2004 - 2009
- President, University of the Cordilleras (formerly Baguio Colleges Foundation), 1994 - 2004
- Member, Technical Panel for Engineering and Technical Education, Commission on Higher Education, 1998 - Present
- President, Schema Konsult International, 1996 - 1999
- Professor and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand, 1992 - 1996
- Professor and Vice President for Development, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand, 1978 - 1992
- Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Full Professor of Structural Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok Thailand, 1970 - 1978
- Lecturer and Research Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Queens College University of St. Andrews, Dundee, Scotland, 1965 - 1970
- Research Associate in Structural Engineering, SEATO Graduate School of Engineering, 1964-1965
- Civil Engineering Aide, Bureau of Public Works, 1961 - 1962
Awards, Recognition and Decorations Received
- Henry Adams Award of the Institution of Structural Engineers, London, England for the most meritorious research paper, 1969
- L'Orde des Plames Academiques ( The Oder of the Academic Palm) decoration from the Republic of France for academic achievements and development activities, 1986
- Outstanding Alumnus award, given by the Mapua Institute of technology, Manila, Philippines, 1989
- Who's Who in Australia and the Far East, 1989
- International Who's Who of Intellectuals, 1990
- Banaag Award, a Presedential Award for the most outstanding Filipino overseas presented by H.E President Corazon C. Aquino of the Republic of the Philippines, 1991
- Asia Pacific Who's Who, 1998
- The Philippine Association for Technological Education (PATE), Inc., Golden Anniversary Award for Engineering Education 2005
Scientific and Technological Publications
- Three (3) Books: Bridge Decks, Ferrocement and Low-Income Housing
- Three (3) Chapters in Books
- Eight (8) Edited Intenational Conference Proceedings
- Forty (40) Refereed papers in International Journals
- Forty-three (43) Refereed Conference Papers
- Eleven (11) Technical Research Reports
- Ten (10) papers on Educational Issues
Memberships in Professional Organizations
- Member, American Concrete Institute Committee 549 on Ferrocement
- Member, Editorial Board of the journal of the International Association for Housing Science.
- Member, American Society of Civil Engineering
- Member, International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering
- Member, Southeast Asian Society of Geotechnical Engineering
- Member and Regional Director, International Association for Housing Science
- Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Ferrocement
- Founding President, International Ferrocement Society
- Member, Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines
- Member, Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers
- Member, Technical Panel for Engineering, Technology, and Architecture Education, Commission on Higher Education
- Accreditor, Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU)
- Raised US $250 million in grants for the Asian Institute of Technology
- Established the Intenational Ferrocement Information Center, the only center of its kind in the world.
- Published the Journal Ferrocement, the only refereed Journal in this field in the world.
- Founded the International Ferrocement Society, the only society of its kind in the world.
- Wrote the First textbook on Ferrocement. This book has been considered the Bible of Ferrocement. It has been translated into Spanish, French, and Polish.
- His textbook on Bridge Deck is considered the authority on the subject. It has been translated into Polish.
- The only Filipino Civil Engineer so far to win the prestigious Henry Adams Award of the Institution of Structural Engineers in the United Kingdom for outstanding research.
- Obtained the University status for Baguio Colleges Foundation (BCF), now it is called the UNiversity of the Cordilleras. BCF was a college for 57 years.