Fidel V. Ramos, former president of the Philippines and chair of the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation, will present a Brigham Young University Wheatley Institution Distinguished Lecture in International Affairs Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center.
Ramos was the 12th president of the Republic of the Philippines from 1992 to 1998. During his presidency, he is remembered for ending the power crisis that crippled Filipino homes and industries for two years. He pursued, focused and merged programs to fight poverty in accordance with the will of the Filipino people expressed by reform laws enacted by Congress during his term.
While communist insurgency dwindled to historic lows, he achieved a peace agreement with military rebels and the secessionist Moro National Liberation Front, for which he won the 1997 UNESCO Peace Award for the Philippines — the first for an Asian. Currently, he is involved with a number of other worldwide councils and commissions.
A veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, Ramos graduated from West Point in 1950 as a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, received a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois in 1951, a master’s degree in national security administration from the National Defense College of the Philippines in 1969 and an MBA from Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, in 1980.
The Wheatley Institution was founded in 2007 to enhance the academic climate and scholarly reputation of BYU and to enrich faculty and student experiences by contributing recognized scholarship that lifts society by preserving and strengthening its core institutions.
The event is also sponsored by the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies.
Writer: Philip Volmar