Our HistoryFrom the Department of Physical Education, the need to institute programs to maximize the growth and development of physical education and sports in the country was conceptualized under the leadership of Dr. Aparicio H. Mequi, who was then the director of the Department. Thus, this led to the establishment of the UP Institute of Sports, Physical Education, and Recreation (SPEAR) in 1976. In 1989, with the increase in the student population and the general pubce, plic's current interest in sports and other physical activities, the name of the institute was eventually changed under the incumbency of the late Dr. Cynthia V. Abad Santos. Upon the recommendation of the faculty and the approval from the University Council, UP SPEAR became the UP College of Human Kinetics to better relate its field to that of movement science.
Thus the name, College of Human Kinetics, reflects the academic discipline on which the practice of sports, dance, physical education and recreation, is based. Its mission is to initiate, develop, and evaluate programs in the human movement sciences, human performance and recreation. Its logo on frst impression depicts a human stick figure in motion. On closer inspection, one will notice that the stick symbol is actually the college initials: "C" for the head; "H" for the body; and "K" for the legs.
At present, the college is home to sports and physical education majors, graduate students, varsity teams, and various student organizations. From 1938 to the present, the university's varsity teams, which are managed by the CHK, compete annually in the UAAP league. Varsity coaches and CHK faculty have often been tapped as consultants, trainers, and/or officers of National Sports Associations (NSAs).
Another institution that the College of Human Kinetics has had established links is the Department of HEalth (DOH). It has consistently collaborated with the DOH in the planning and implementation of the "Hataw Bayan" and other exercise programs to promote wellness among the Filipino population. With this linkage, faculty serve as consultants, program planners and trainors.
In 1997, the Victoria University of Technology (VUT) from Melbourne, Australia initiated a Memorandum of Agreement with the CHK for a student and faculty exchange program. As per the MOA, the forst batch of VUT students arrived on JUne 8, 1998 for a twelve week program. These ten students enrolled in several HK courses such as: Outdoor Recreation, Philippine Games and Teaching Internship.
Rehabilitation of sports injuries have always been a concern of the CHK. Because of this, it saw fit to initiate a sports therapy program , which it offers the school of Allied Medical Professions (SAMP). The UP SAMP sends its physical therapy interns to the CHK to run the sports therapy clinic under the supervision of an assigned instructor. Injured athletes are rehabilitated in the CHK Sports Therapy Clinic.
Our VisionThe UP Diliman College of Human Kinetics envisions itself to be the nation's leading academic institution in the science and pedagogy of human movement that develops highly-competent specialists in the field. It is committed to the promotion of active lifestyles towards the improvement of the quality of life of Filipinos.
It is the College's mission to produce graduates who are forerunners in the application and innovation of the science and pedagogy of human movement in the service of the Nation, and to create a culture that values physical activity throughout lifespan.
The College values excellence, integrity, nationalism, sportsmanship, and service.