Technological University of the Philippines
At the forefront of excellence in technology education
The Technological University of the Philippines was established in 1901 upon the enactment of Organic Act No. 74 by the Philippine Commission. It was first known as the Manila Trade School (MTS) aiming to develop dignity of labor.
In 1910, MTS was renamed as the Philippine School of Arts and Trades (PSAT). In 1916, a three hectare lot on Calle San Marcelino was donated to serve as its campus site until the present. It was converted into the Philippine College of Arts and Trades (PCAT) in 1959, pioneering in Engineering Technology and Industrial Teacher Education. On July 11, 1978, by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 1518, PCAT was converted into the Technological University of the Philippines (TUP).
In 1979, the Manila Technician Institute and the Visayas Technician Institute were placed under the administration of TUP. On that same year, the TUP board of regents passed a resolution that created the TUP Cavite (TUPC). The Manila Technician Institute is now known as TUP-Taguig (TUPT) and the Visayas Technician Institute as TUP Visayas (TUPV).
At present, TUP includes TUP Manila campus, TUP Cavite campus, TUP Taguig campus and TUP Visayas campus.
The Manila campus, the biggest, has six colleges: The College of Engineering, College of Industrial Education, College of Architecture and Fine Arts, College of Industrial Education, College of Science, and College of Liberal Arts. It also maintains an add-on facility, which is the Integrated Research and Training Center (IRTC). This is a Japanese-donated building and equipment project granted by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the Technical Cooperation program in 1982. This is the research arm of TUP and it also provides training programs more particularly geared towards Engineering and related technology education.
The TUPC in Barangay Salawag, Dasmarinas, Cavite serves the CALABARZON area. Its academic offerings are focused on three-year technology courses and bachelorâ€™s and masters degree programs.
The TUPT located at km. 14 East Service Road, South Super Highway, Taguig, Metro Manila offers programs in pre-baccalaureate, baccalaureate, and masters level.
The TUPV is situated in Talisay City, Negros Occidental with two branches located in Sagay City and Cadiz City. It offers three-year technology courses, bachelorâ€™s degree and masters degree in technology.
Apart from the opening of two courses at the College of Industrial Technology (CIT) (Railway Engineering Technology and Hotel and Restaurant Management), and at the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) (BS Entrepreneurial Management), the TUP Academic Council also approved the revision of some of its curriculum with the aim of improving the programs in BS Industrial Education, Bachelor of Technical Teaching Education, Continuing Program for Teacher Education, BS Mechanical Engineering and BS Civil Engineering.
TUP also reactivated the University Sports and Cultural Council which is tasked to formulate policies and implement programs on sports and cultural development. Likewise, it also called on the revision of the University policies on Sports and Cultural Development Scholarship Grant for the purpose of updating them and optimizing the use of university resources.
TUP has been acknowledged as one of the leading universities in the country when it received the accreditation status from the Accrediting Agency for Chartered Colleges and Universities (AACUP). A total of 14 programs were accredited to Level II status and for this school year. Its colleges are again preparing for the upcoming accreditation and survey visits for some of its identified programs, such the College of Science and Liberal Arts both pre-survey for Level I and College of Architecture and Fine Arts both for pre-survey and candidate for Level I, the College of Engineering for Level III accreditation and the College of Industrial Technology is preparing its performance profile for Level III.
The performances of its graduates place TUP as one of the top 10 learning institutions in the field of Engineering, having garnered the second rank in the Institutional Performance in the recent Licensure Exams in Civil Engineering.
To raise the quality of education and employability of its graduates, TUP co-funds research projects and sends faculty members to scholarships in foreign institutions. It maintains its network of academic, industrial and international linkages, the most recent of which was an agreement on international partnership on research and faculty exchange with Chonqing University, Chongqing City, China.
The Integrated Research and Training Center (IRTC), TUPâ€™s research arm, has the latest research on Engine Performance Testing of Bio-Diesel at Higher Blend B20 & B100; Research Testing on Jethropa to pass International standard; Implementation on the Plant-Based 2T Oil for Motorcycle Application funded by the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP).
For its extension projects, it has recently extended a technical assistance to Aurora Technological Institute, Aurora Province, by developing its curriculum on identified engineering technology programs. Another is the continuous implementation of the Adopt-A-Barangay Program, aimed at teaching livelihood skills to the constituencies of different barangays in Quezon and Payatas.
Indeed, TUP has always been centered on improving technology especially now on its 106th year of existence under the leadership of its president Godofredo E. Gallega.
FLAGSHIP ACADEMIC COURSES
The academic programs of the University in the undergraduate and graduate levels are distributed to its six colleges: The Colleges of Engineering (COE), Industrial Technology(CIT), Industrial Education(CIE), Architecture and Fine Arts(CAFA), Science(COS), and Liberal Arts(CLA).
COE offers MS and BS degrees in Engineering.
CIT, the biggest college, offers the majority of the three-year technology courses leading to master and bachelor degrees in Technology.
CIE courses range from BS, MS to Ph.D. in Teacher Education.
CAFA offers technology courses, bachelor and masters degrees in Architecture, Fine Arts and Graphics.
COS provides graduate and undergraduate programs in Mathematics, Physics, General Science and Computer Science.
CLA handles the elective subjects and also offers masters in Management, BA Management, and now, BS in Entrepreneurial Management.
The University also offers the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (EETEAP), an educational assessment scheme, which recognizes knowledge, skills and prior learning obtained by an individual from non-formal and informal education experiences.
TUP Cavite (TUPC) is recognized as an institution of higher learning in the field of technology. The TUP Taguig (TUPT) is the main provider of technology education in the southeastern part of Metro Manila and finally, while TUP Visayas (TUPV) has produced topnotchers in board exams. (Elizabeth J. Galvez-Writer/Editor, Julius N. Navia- Photographer, Michaela O. Andrada and Ronald R. Doctor- Data Coordinators)