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The Network on Archipelagic and Ocean Studies consists of all academic programs of the University of the Philippines (UP) System related to archipelagic and ocean studies. The Network was formally created on August 27, 1998 by the UP Board of Regents through a resolution during its 1123rd meeting.

The Archipelagic and Ocean Studies (ARCOAST) Network was formed because the University of the Philippines, as a primary resource of the nation, is called upon to apply its creativity and technical competence for the betterment of the nation. Hence, the University's studies must acquire a definitive orientation that seriously considers, interprets, and analyzes the profound implications of the archipelagic reality as a basis for crafting effective plans, policy directions, and strategies.

"Archipelagic and Ocean Studies" are interdisciplinary inquiries into the following: