1st National Social Science Congress
Towards Excellence in Social Science in the Philippines
17-19 November 1983
The First NSSC was held on 17-19 November 1983 at the newly-built Philippine Social Science Center. Quite fittingly, the focus of the First NSSC was the Philippine social sciences itself. Themed “Towards Excellence in Social Science in the Philippines,” the First NSSC sought to examine the state of social sciences in the country as well as to formulate plans to foster the development of Philippine social sciences. In preparation for the Congress, PSSC held a series of roundtable discussions on social science structures, instructional policies and programs, research and extension, human resource development and institution-building, and research dissemination and utilization, the results of which were presented in the Congress proper. This pioneering event was a huge success, the keynote given by then University of the Philippines President Edgardo Angara and attended by academics and representatives from government institutions, the business sector, and civic organizations.