Welcome to the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. We
the largest state university in the country today.
The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) is a
government educational institution governed by Republic Act Number
8292 known as the Higher Education Modernization Act of 1997, and
its Implementing Rules and Regulations contained in the Commission
on Higher Education Memorandum Circular No. 4, series 1997. PUP is
one of the country's highly competent educational institutions.
The PUP Community is composed of the Board of Regents, University
Officials, Administrative and Academic Personnel, Students,
various Organizations, and the Alumni.
Governance of PUP is vested upon the Board of Regents, which
exercises policy-making functions to carry out the mission and
programs of the University by virtue of RA 8292 granted by the
Commission on Higher Education. The University is administered by
an appointed President by virtue of RA 8292 and is assisted by
an Executive Vice President and the Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs, Student Services,
Administration, Research, Extension and Development, and Finance.
This institution started as the Manila Business School (MBS), founded in October
19, 1904 as part of the city school system under the superintendence of C.A.
O’Reilley, which responds to the demand for training personnel for
government service and the felt need to provide skills essential
for private employment. In 1908, it was renamed as Philippine School of Commerce
(PSC) and merged with the Philippine Normal School (PNS) in 1933 to 1946. By virtue of Republic Act 778, the PSC was again changed to Philippine College of Commerce
(PCC) in 1952. Subsequently, the Philippine College of Commerce (PCC) was converted into a chartered state university, now known as the Polytechnic University of the Philippines
by virtue of Presidential Decree Number 1341 issued by the President of the Philippines on April 1, 1978.
PUP is a public, non-sectarian, non-profit institution of higher learning primarily tasked with harnessing the tremendous human resources potential of the nation by improving the physical, intellectual and material well-being of the individual through higher occupational, technical and professional instruction and training in the applied arts and sciences related to the fields of commerce,
business administration, and technology.
The University promotes applied research, advanced studies and progressive
leadership in the stated fields. We also offer ladder-type higher
vocational, distance learning (open university system), technical
and professional programs in the area of business and distributive
arts, education and the social sciences related to the fields of
commerce, business administration and other polytechnic areas.
Furthermore, the University takes steps to enrich the academic
program in other fields of study and adopts a polytechnic program
of education designed to provide the individual with employable
skills and managerial know-how in order to make them creative,
productive and self-reliant.
PUP operates year-round with two semesters and a summer.
Summer sessions depend on the course and on the campus.
The University employs 1,483 full-time and part-time faculty
members with a few of the full-time faculty holding
administrative positions. There are 707 regular and casual
administrative employees who provide support services to the
University population. The faculty spends two-thirds of their
time in teaching and one-third in research and extension
One of the major functions of the University is research, a
key component of scholarship and teaching. During the years
under review, PUP received and allotted government and private
funding to research.
more than twenty campuses serving
more than 70,000 students, the Polytechnic University of the
Philippines is the largest university in terms of student
main campus is named after a national hero, Apolinario Mabini, and
is located in Sta. Mesa, Manila - in the middle of a busy
metropolitan. But despite of this, the environment within its
perimeter is a place conducive of learning.
Majority of the students belong to the
economically challenged level of society. It is the University's
commitment to give qualified and talented students access to
quality and responsive education to aid them in the achievement of
their dreams and improve their lives. Being a well-educated and
skilled individual, they will not only become job seekers but job
creators as well, a force of knowledge workers and entrepreneurs.
Scholars of the Nation (Iskolar ng Bayan), that is what we call our
students because the Philippine Government and other
non-government institutions subsidize their tuition and other fees.
More than a hundred of the student population are foreigners from
China, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Tanzania, Nigeria,
and Ghana. They are enrolled in business, language, statistics,
communication, and education courses in the undergraduate and
graduate levels. Students from Korea regularly visit PUP in summer
to take up Intensive English courses.
The Polytechnic University of the Philippines takes pride in
its capability to accommodate the student needs because it:
- Has more than 20 campuses to make
education accessible to everyone;
- Offers a wide range of courses: doctorate, master’s, and
bachelor’s degrees as well as technology courses
available through traditional and open, flexible or distance
- Pioneered the ladderized system and the accreditation and
equivalency system through the Expanded Tertiary Education
Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP) and the
Nontraditional System Program (NTSP);
- Maintains an average size of 45-50 students per class;
- Offers an extensive selection of educational choices
through more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs;
- Schedules weekend and evening classes;
- Brings the resources and programs of PUP not only to
full-time students but also to part-time and adult learners;
- Provides a long list of extension services for the
community and the country.
The commitment of its leaders, faculty, staff, students,
alumni and friends has formed the cornerstone of this University
that has exceeded expectations with every generation of the
graduates it has produced since its establishment.
Today, PUP is relishing its successes and its students are
enjoying unprecedented academic opportunities, an enhanced
campus environment, upgraded colleges, state-of-the-art
technology, and nationally and internationally recognized
PUP celebrated its
centenary last October 2004. It has gone far from what it was more than a century ago. This is
mainly due to the support given by the government and the PUP
Community and its benefactors. With the combined effort, PUP
will continue to be a partner in nation-building and in poverty
alleviation for the marginalized sector of society with quality,
responsive, and relevant education as a tool.