The Microbiology Consortium, in a resolute aim to be of service, is transforming Microbiology education in the country. It is in the forefront of uniting institutions of higher learning in meeting challenges in the field and, lately, it is deeply preoccupied in searching for newer and more effective ways of delivering the learning process. One of these ways is Outcomes-based Education, a philosophy that is being entrenched in most institutions of higher learning It would seem appropriate, therefore, that in this very first publication under the Consortium, a history on how the consortium emerged and metamorphosed be included.
The field of Microbiology in the Philippines is relatively young compared to other areas of specialization such as Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. Microbiology started to be recognized as a field of endeavor between the 1960s and 1970s. It was during those years when the UP College of Agriculture offered a BS in Agriculture, major in Plant Pathology with specialization in Microbiology degree program under the leadership of Prof. William Fernandez. Subsequently, in 1972, the UP Colleges of Agriculture and Forestry became the autonomous component university, UP Los Baños. At this time, a BS Biology major in Microbiology degree program was instituted, paving the way for Microbiology to be recognized as a formal field of specialization in dairy, food, and soil sciences. A year earlier, the Philippine Society for Microbiology (PSM) was founded.