Filipino graduates summa cum laude from doctoral degree in Germany

An alumnus of the University of the Philippines School of Economics and the Erasmus Mundus program European Master in Law Economics, Alfredo R. Paloyo, 29, obtained his doctoral degree with the highest distinction in the Ruhr University of Bochum (RUB), Germany.

After three years at the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics (RGS Econ), Paloyo defended his dissertation, “The Armed Forces and Society: Econometric Analyses of a Military Drawdown and Compulsory Military Service”, on January 29 of this year and graduated with the degree of Doctor rerum oeconomicarum (equivalent to a PhD), summa cum laude.

The RGS Econ is a joint program organized by RUB, the Technical University of Dortmund, the University of Duisburg–Essen, and the Rhine–Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI).

His dissertation dealt with two themes: (1) an impact analysis of the German military base realignments and closures and (2) the labor-market and human-capital effects of compulsory military service in Germany. His supervisor is Prof. Dr. Thomas K. Bauer of RUB and RWI. His previous works have been published at Defence and Peace Economics and the European Business Organization Law Review.

The 2002 (B.S., cum laude) and 2005 (M.A.) alumnus of the UPSE entered the RGS Econ in 2007 after completing the European Master in Law Economics (LL.M.), an Erasmus Mundus program of the European Commission. The EMLE was jointly awarded to Paloyo by the Erasmus University of Rotterdam (Netherlands), University of Hamburg (Germany), and the University of Bologna (Italy).

He graduated as the best student of his EMLE cohort and also earned the award for the best thesis for his work, “Minority Foreign Ownership of Filipino-Controlled Corporations: An Exploratory Study”. His thesis was supervised by Prof. Ronald J. Gilson of the Stanford Law School and Columbia University’s School of Law.

Paloyo was previously a Teaching Fellow at UPSE, an Assistant Professorial Lecturer at De La Salle University Manila, and a Research Associate at the Institute of Human Rights of the UP Law Center. Currently, he is a researcher at the RWI, evaluating the minimum-wage policy in the construction sector for Germany’s Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.

His father, Wilfredo N. Paloyo of Camalig, Albay, and mother, María Lourdes R. Paloyo of Tuguegarao, Cagayan, are both self-employed. His brothers are Dr. Siegfredo R. Paloyo, a Clinical Associate Professor at the Philippine General Hospital and a member of the kidney transplant team of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, and Wilfredo R. Paloyo, Jr., a Metadata Specialist for the Dow Jones Corporate Media Group in Barcelona, Spain. Both his brothers are also graduates of UP.

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10 thoughts on “Filipino graduates summa cum laude from doctoral degree in Germany

  1. Wow. He was the teaching fellow who handled my econ11 class way back in my freshman years at UPSE. Now I’m inspired. (^^,)

  2. batanggala


  3. ma.vilma.ployo

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! We are all so proud of you!!!

  4. Maria Salee Mora

    wow!!! congratulations, so proud here in Bicol for you!

  5. Dr. Rachel Paloyo-Magalit

    Wow! Wouldn`t you know it? My cuz.. you`ve come a long way and now you`ve achieved a lot! Congratulations cuz! The entire Paloyo clan would be so damned proud of you!!! Keep it up! (^-^)

  6. pureybaby

    congrats cousin Alfie…from your cousins, kuya rey, ate pureybaby, kuya laurecel and aunt puring from your clan in camalig & guinobatan albay philippines. were proud of you!

  7. it has been a pleasure to know Alfredo Paloyo. Having been his second PhD advisor I can only say that he is clearly a very clever researcher. All who have had any part in his education can only be incredibly proud of him. I am sure Alfredo will do well in whatever he decides to do after this. All the best you Alfredo and to your family. They must be so proud of you! Cheers, -john.

  8. Tasyo

    Dear Pinoy Erasmus Mundus,

    Wow, this is truly inspiring. Thank you and congrats!
    I am also interested in applying for Erasmus Mundus scholarship programs. May I know if I still need to submit proofs of English language competence (TOEFL, IELTS, etc) to be able to successfully apply in any of these programs?

    One EM website states that:

    “Applicants who have studied for more than one year in, or received a degree from, a college or university where English is both the language of instruction and the native language are not requested to take one of the above-mentionend proficiency test. An official certificate from the applicants’ school/university is required to confirm that English is medium of instruction.”

    I am a Filipino who graduated from UP Diliman – does this mean that I just need to secure a certificate from UP stating that English is the medium of instruction in my courses?

    Hoping for your feedback on this.

    Thank you and more power to all of you.

  9. gud aff po ask ko lang po kung kelan marerelease ung oec khu sobrang tagal ko na pong naghihintay please naman po pkigawan naman ng paraan ..

  10. Neralyn Marcaida Paloyo

    Hi! I don’t personally know you but we have the same last name, Paloyo. Just like your father, I’m also a native of Camalig, Albay. You may not even glance at this but at least I was able to say something. 😉

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