University of the Philippines Institute for Small Scale Industries

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University of the Philippines
Institute for Small Scale Industries
UP Institute for Small Scale Industries.JPG
E. Virata Hall
Emilio Jacinto Street

UP Diliman
Coordinates 14°39′23.69″N 121°3′42.84″E / 14.6565806°N 121.0619000°E / 14.6565806; 121.0619000Coordinates: 14°39′23.69″N 121°3′42.84″E / 14.6565806°N 121.0619000°E / 14.6565806; 121.0619000
Opened 1966
Authority University of the Philippines System
Director Prof. Nestor O. Rañeses

The University of the Philippines Institute for Small-Scale Industries (UP ISSI) is a program of the University of the Philippines solely devoted to assist the promotion and development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Philippines through training, research and consultancy. It also helped other countries in Asia Pacific Region build up their own SME development capabilities.


The Institute for Small-Scale Industries was established on March 2, 1966 through a bilateral agreement between the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Its principal objective then as now was to assist and promote the development and growth of the small-scale industrial sector in the Philippines. Originally set up as the training institute for the Philippine small industries, it gradually built up its capabilities and expanded its activities to include research, extension, and information programs.

On August 4, 1969, the Institute was established through Republic Act No. 6041 as a research and extension unit of the University of the Philippines.

The Institute had its permanent home with the completion of the four storey E. Virata Hall in 1986.

From then, UP ISSI conducted several consultancy training courses, seminars, technical studies in the field of medium and small-scale industries with emphasis on Philippine industries.

Mini MBA Courses[edit]

Manager's Course[edit]

As the country's longest running management development Mini-MBA program, as well as the Institute's flagship course, it seeks to accelerate managerial talent for progressive business enterprises that aim for continuous improvement in productivity, quality, innovation and competitiveness in local and international markets.

Thru a mix of adult learning methodologies, the course provides theoretical foundation as well as benchmarks for basic and advanced practices required to jumpstart the management skills of the Student-Managers. A typical cohort would have a good mix of novice and serial entrepreneurs, senior practice leaders and managers from varying functional disciplines, corporate strategy planners, and business development consultants.

Presented by distinguished UP Faculty and experts and conducted for twenty Saturday learning sessions, the course culminates in a capstone project assessment of a partner enterprise where the student puts into use all the management tools learned, as a business consultant would. The assessment is presented to and critiqued by an elite panel of industry experts, academe and a senior management representative of the enterprise. Select students demonstrating management excellence in their capstone project graduate the course with a Certificate of Distinction.


General Management Modules[edit]
  • Management Styles
  • Management Process, Planning and Controlling
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Business Communication
Marketing Management[edit]
  • Environmental Scanning and Analysis
  • Market Profile / Behavior / Market Segmentation
  • Product Planning and Development
  • Pricing Strategies
  • Promotion Strategies
  • Market Channels
  • Market Forecasting
  • Export Marketing
  • Market Plan Formulation
Production & Operations Management[edit]
  • Production Planning and Control
  • Materials Management and Inventory Control
  • Plant Layout and Plant Location
  • Working Conditions Improvement / Ergonomics
  • Value Engineering / Value Analysis
  • Total Quality Management
  • Cost Reduction and Productivity Improvement
  • Emerging Technologies for Global Competitiveness
Human Resource Management[edit]
  • Manpower Planning, Recruitment and Selection
  • Training and Development
  • Leadership and Motivation
  • Compensation
  • Job Evaluation
  • Industrial Relations
  • Conflict Management
Financial Management[edit]
  • Financial Planning
  • Capital Budgeting
  • Cost-Volume Profit Analysis
  • Financial Analysis
  • Cash Management
  • Credit Management
  • Cost Accounting
  • Business Taxation
Management Information Systems[edit]
  • Introduction to MIS
  • MIS Tools and Techniques
Entrepreneurship Modules[edit]
  • Business Strategy Formulation
  • Entrepreneurship: A Manager's Option
  • Sources of Financial and Technical Assistance
Management In Practice[edit]
  • Sharing of Experiences from Industry Players
  • Business Game
  • Integrated Organizational Survey and Assessment Capstone Project
  • Panel Presentation and Critiquing of Capstone Project

Advanced Leadership and Management Course[edit]

An industry demand for a senior management version of the Manager's Course gave birth to the Advanced Leadership and Management Course. With a business landscape swarming with competitors, sustainability and other risk issues, the course aims to equip practicing senior managers with skills necessary to drive strategy, organizational resilience and execution. Recent cohorts have C-suite level, VP level, senior managers and entrepreneurs from mature enterprises.

With the same brand of distinguished UP Faculty and experts, the course is presented for a shorter ten Saturday learning sessions. And like the Manager's Course, this Course culminates in a capstone strategy roadmap project, this time of the student's enterprise. Likewise, select students demonstrating senior management excellence in their capstone project graduate the course with a Certificate of Distinction.

Professional Certificates[edit]

Business Programs[edit]

  • Accounting for Non-Accountants (AfNA)
  • Appreciation Workshop on Entrepreneurship (AWE)
  • Creative Selling Techniques (CST)
  • Monitoring and Evaluating Programs and Projects (MEPP)
  • Personal Financial Literacy and Wealth Management Program
  • Production Management (ProdMan)
  • Productivity through Effective Supervision (PES)
  • Start Your Own Business (SYOB)
  • Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Strategic Marketing Course (SMC)
  • Total Communication Training Program (PowerComm)
  • Total Quality Management Course (TQM)

Technical Programs[edit]

  • Programmable Logic Controller Course (PLCC)
  • Comprehensive Course in Instrumentation and Process Control (IPC)
  • Advanced Instrumentation and Process Control Course (AIPC)

Research and Consultancy[edit]

UP ISSI undertake technical studies and researches on request of the various governmental agencies concerned with industrial development and interested private industries. It also perform study programs and research for the promotion of medium and small-scale industries.

From time to time, UP ISSI undertake publication of studies, research papers, articles, and other written works on small and medium-scale industry with emphasis on those related to its objectives and distribute them at cost to government agencies, private industry, and other interested parties.

APEC Training Center[edit]

UP ISSI serves as the center for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Training and Certification Program for Business Counselors (APEC TRACE). APEC TRACE is an international training, certification and development program for small business counselors in APEC Member Countries. It consists of the following modules:

  • Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Counseling and Interpersonal Skills
  • Client Assessment Skills
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Financial Analysis
  • Government Regulations and Legal Requirements
  • Business Planning


The Small Enterprises Research & Development Foundation (SERDEF) serves as UP ISSI's partner from which it draws much of its technical expertise in implementing SME development programs at the field level. It is a non-stock, non-profit foundation dedicated to assist the promotion and development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Philippines.

E. Virata Hall[edit]

The E. Virata Hall, completed on 1986, serves as the nerve center for small-scale industry research and development. The first floor houses the Programmable Logic Control training rooms as well as document processing services. The second floor serves as function hall for bazaars, trade exhibitions and conferences. The third floor contain the training rooms for the Manager's course as well as its short courses. It also houses the Research Materials and Documentation Center (RMDC), where published works of the Institute as well as participants papers are located. The fourth floor is where SERDEF and the UP ISSI administration office are located. Admission for training programs, technical and social assistance are entertained at its office. The building is WiFi capable, with its internet service exclusive for training participants and administrative staff.

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