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UAAP unaffected by new school opening

A UAAP official said that the change in the academic calendar of some of its member schools won’t have any effect in the opening of the league’s 77th season.

The league has already set the opening of its basketball competition on July 12 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

But incoming secretary-treasurer Rod Roque of University of the East – this season’s host – said the change in the league calendar would likely take effect next year.

University of the Philippines has already announced that it will start its academic calendar this August while Ateneo and La Salle will follow suit next year.

University of Santo Tomas has already moved the start of its classes to July.

“We will probably require our student athletes to undergo an early enrollment,” said Roque.

Far Eastern University and Adamson are also studying the possibility of changing their respective calendars but have yet to make a final decision.

Several schools have either mulled or implement change in its academic calendar in order to align them with other universities in Southeast Asia.

The impending change in 2015 should lead to the centerpiece basketball tournament shifting its opening from its usual July start.