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.
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
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 activities.
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.
With more than twenty campuses serving more than 80,000 students, the
Polytechnic University of the Philippines is the largest university in terms
of student population. The 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:
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
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 programs.
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.
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