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|Pamantasan ng Bikol|
|Motto||Scholarship, Leadership, Character and Service|
|Established||June 21, 1969|
|President||Hon. Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya, Ph.D|
|Location||Legazpi City, Philippines|
|Campus||Legazpi City (Main and East Campuses), Daraga, Guinobatan, Polangui, Tabaco City and Gubat|
|Mascot||Torch of Wisdom|
Blue and white
|Nickname||BUeños; Iskolar ng Bayan|
|Affiliations||Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning
Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges
State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association
Bicol University (translated in Filipino: Pamantasan ng Bicol and commonly abbreviated as B.U.) is the premier regional state university in Bicol Region, the Philippines. BU is an International Organization for Standardization Certified University ISO 9001:2008. Administered from Legazpi City, Bicol University offers 67 degree programs  spread among 16 academic units: College of Agriculture and Forestry (CAF) in Guinobatan; College of Education (CE) in Daraga,; College of Engineering (CENG) and College of Industrial Technology (CIT) in EM's Barrio, also referred as the East Campus; Polangui Campus (PC) in Polangui, Albay; Tabaco Campus (TC) in Tabaco, Albay; Gubat Campus in Gubat, Sorsogon and across the Legazpi main campus are the Graduate School (GS); College of Science (CS); College of Arts and Letters (CAL); College of Nursing (CN); Open University (OU); College of Medicine (CM) and the Institute of Physical Education, Sports and Recreation (IPESR). In Daraga campus College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) and College of Business, Economics and Management (CBEM).
It is home to topnotchers in the field of Accountancy, Social Work, Engineering and Nursing. It is a top-performing school in Social Work (rank 1, nationwide) and Accountancy (rank 2, nationwide).
B.U. is a state university which partly subsidized by the Philippine government. Students of the university and its graduates are referred to as “[Mga] Iskolar ng Bayan” (“Scholars of the Nation”). This makes admission into the University extremely competitive. Students who wish to study in the university must take and pass the Bicol University College Entrance Test (BUCET).
The Bicol University College of Education is commended as The Center of Teaching Excellence by the Commission on Higher Education since 2008. The college is the home of the best and competitive educators in the whole region.
- 1 Achievements
- 2 History
- 3 University Presidents
- 4 Campuses
- 5 Facilities and services
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 References
- 8 External links
State Universities and Colleges (SUC) Level IV since 1998 Center of Development in Fisheries Education, Agriculture and Fisheries Research (DA-BAR) and Extension Host institution for Bicol Consortium for Agriculture Resources Research and Development (BCARRD)
- Top performing school in Social Work (National), Accountancy (Regional), Nursing and Midwifery
- Top placers in Engineering and Education licensure examinations
- Regional lead agency for Science and Mathematics education, it is DOST identified e-training center for Science and Mathematics teachers;
- SEAMEO INNOTECH-identified implementor of Flexible Learning Courses (EXCELS on Excellence in School Leadership for Southeast Asia);
- DepEd identified TTI to implement the project upgrading High School Science and Mathematics Teachers Competence Program;
- Has 56% of its academic programs accredited from Level I to III.
- 2008 National Awardee for the Best National Service Training Program
- 2007–present Best ROTC Unit in Bicol
- 2008 Awardee of the 1st Raul Roco Youth Achievement Awards
- Recognized by the National Youth Commission with one of the Top Five Best Environmental Programs in the country.
Bicol University was created as a state university in the Bicol Region on June 21, 1969 by the Republic Act 5521 and formally organized only on September 22, 1970. Section 2 of the Republic Act 5521 formalized the BU's existence by merging of the following schools to form integrated units of the university:
- The Bicol Teachers College (BTC) with its Laboratory School in Daraga, Albay, now the BU College of Education (BUCE) with its Laboratory School
- The Daraga East Central School (DCES) also in Daraga, Albay, initially renamed as Bicol University Pilot Elementary School (BUPES), is fused with the BUCE Laboratory School.
- The Albay High School also in Legazpi, now BUCE Laboratory School
- The Bicol Regional School of the Arts and Trades (BRSAT) converted from the Albay Trade School, also in Legazpi City, by virtue of Republic Act 1129 on June 16, 1954, is now the College of Industrial Technology and the College of Engineering.
- The Roxas Memorial Agricultural School (RMAS) opened collegiate courses on June 18, 1949 in Guinobatan, Albay, became the College of Agriculture; and now known as the College of Agriculture and Forestry.
- The School of Fisheries in Tabaco, Albay became the College of Fisheries, now the University Tabaco Campus.
- The School for Philippine Craftsmen in Polangui, now the Bicol University Polangui Campus.
These public schools and colleges, now part of Bicol University, have trained and educated the people of Bicol for more than half a century prior to their integration as component units of the Bicol University.
Through the leadership of historian-lawyer, Dr. Ricardo A. Arcilla, who, as Bicol University’s first president, has been given charge over the institution for its first decade of existence, the development path of BU was charted. Unity and harmony was considerably attained among the initial constituent units of the University. Policy making was systematized. To engender powerful forces of forward movement in education and research, Graduate Education was offered in June 1972 with its first batch of enrollees in Master of Arts in Education Program. In the same year, the College of Arts and Sciences was established, followed by the College of Nursing in 1973.
The ensuing decade of university existence was marked by a period of linkages with several organizations and agencies, rapid growth, and new spectra of activity such as the Center for Cultural Studies, Computer Center, Audio-Visual production center, including a number of community and extension projects. With Judge Aquilino B. Bonto running the university, the decentralization of the administrative and financial management of the University was realized thereby endowing the colleges with more autonomy. It is to his merit that a Medium-term Development Plan of BU was plotted. In 1981, an externally funded program supported by the World Bank was organized- the Regional Institute of Fishery Technology in the College of Fisheries aimed to give a strengthened Diploma in Fisheries Technology Program. This diploma program remained even after the World Bank’s support ended on December 31, 1988.
The year 1987 was significant to the BU College of Agriculture for it was then when the institution was chosen as one of the implementers of the Agricultural Technology Education Program by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports. Financed by an Asian Development Bank loan, BUCA served as a pilot provincial Technological Institute in Agriculture.
Five years later, two more achievements were put on line; the rise of BU Institute of Communication and Cultural Studies (BUICCS) to give way for the Bachelor of Communication Arts curriculum, and the hosting of the Regional Science Teaching Center of the Department of Science and Technology in Region V. Owing to Dr. Patria G. Lorenzo, the third president who is a multi-awarded educator and leader, infrastructure development was carried out, however, cultural and value transformation was rendered of paramount importance.
Dr. Ricardo A. Arcilla (1969–1980)
- Charted the BU developmental path based on Republic Act 5221.
- Spearheaded the construction of the Administration Building.
- Organized the College of Engineering in 1971. Opened B.Sc. courses in Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.
- Offered Master of Arts in Education Program at the Graduate School in June 1972.
- Established the College of Arts and Sciences in 1972. Opened B.Sc. Political Science course.
- Opened the College of Nursing in 1973.
Judge Aquilino B. Bonto (1980–1988)
- Construction of the Multi-Purpose Building.
- Established the Center for Cultural Studies
- Decentralized administrative and financial management
- Plotted medium-term development plan of BU
- Hosted a World Bank-funded Regional Institute of Fishery Technology in the College of Fisheries (1981–88) to strengthen Diploma in Fisheries Technology Program
- Pushed the College of Agriculture in 1987 as a pilot provincial Technological Institute in Agriculture, financed by an Asian Development Bank loan, under the auspices of Department of Education, Culture and Sports.
- Opened BSc Agribusiness and BSc Agricultural Technology courses in the College of Agriculture.
- Added AB major in English, BSc Social Work, BSBA major in Entrepreneurship, BSBA major in Management courses in the College of Arts and Sciences.
- Opened BSc Architecture and BSc Electrical Engineering courses in the College of Engineering.
- Opened Master in Economics course in Graduate School.
Dr. Patria G. Lorenzo (1988–1992)
Biography: Educator and Leader. Born in Tabaco, Albay, grew up in Malinao, Albay. B.S. in Education at University of the Philippines, major in English and minor in Guidance. Master of Arts in Education and Doctor of Philosophy both from the same university.
- Established BU Institute of Communication and Cultural Studies (BUICCS) offering Bachelor of Communication Arts in 1992
- Hosted the Regional Science Teaching Center, managed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Region V .
- Added Ph.D. in Development Management; Ph.D. in Educational Foundation, Ph.D. in Public Administration, and M.S. in Fishery Technology curricula in the Graduate School.
- Added BSc Forestry in College of Agriculture
- Added BSc Accountancy and B.S. in Communication Arts courses in the College of Arts & Sciences.
- Added B.S.E.D. major in Fish Arts in the College of Fisheries.
- Supported the Masaraga Agroforestry Project carried out by the College of Agriculture.
- Set up the BU Development Foundation Inc., and the BU Trust Fund.
- Strengthened the Management Information System (MIS).
Dr. Lylia Corporal-Sena (1992–1999)
- Established BSc Forestry Program in 1993; renamed the College of Agriculture as the College of Agriculture and Forestry.
- Restructured the College of Fisheries to become the BU Tabaco Campus.
- Through a petition led by Gubat Mayor Deogracias Ramos Jr., established BU Gubat Campus on June 13, 1996; later converted into BU Extension Programs to pave the way for Sorsogon State College and the local government of Gubat to take over.
- Established Computer Science Institute in 1995; renamed the School of Arts and Trades as College of Industrial Technology, and the Institute of Physical Education, Sports and Recreation to manage PE classes and Sports and Recreation programs of the University.
- Launched the Bicol University Internet Service Project in 1997
- Doctorate in Development Management, Public Administration and Masters in Management offered at Graduate School.
- BUCAF opened classes for the Diploma in Agricultural Technology at the Extension Campus in Pantao, Libon, Albay.
- Pushed extension activities: University-on-the-Air, publication of the Outreach, BU Bulletin, and the Technology Sourcebook.
- Hosted the PASUC National Convention
- Upgraded Science Teaching Center sponsored by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
- Implemented NCC 68 Conversion and the NCC 69 PASUC evaluation
- Designated as the Coordinating Center of PATLEPAM (Philippine Association of Tertiary Level Educational Institution in Environmental Protection and Management) for Region V
- Spearheaded the construction of the edifice that will house BUREPC (Regional Entrepreneurship and Productivity Center) through the P5 million assistance of President Fidel V. Ramos
- Implemented Municipal Science and Technology Advisory Program (MSTAP) jointly by BU and DOST on selected LGUs
- Adopted the (BIDANI) Barangay Integrated Development Approach for Nutrition Improvement Project in Oas, Albay
- Set up the review center for the Nursing Licensure Examination and launched the Ladderized Nursing Curriculum.
- Held Extension classes of the Graduate School in Gubat and Bulan.
- Presented Bicol University Saturday-Sunday University (BU-SSU) held in Cabasan, Bacacay, Albay, to Congressman Lagman, which was favorably accepted by the latter.
- BU was accorded the honor in 1995 as the Center for Peace Education by the United Nations Commission on Disarmament Education. The Board of Regents authorized the creation of the Center for Peace and Security Studies and offered academic programs: B.A. in Peace and Security Studies, M.A. in Peace and Security Studies and Ph.D. in Peace and Security Administration by virtue of Resolution No. 27 s. 1996.
- Forged a twinning relationship with the Sripatum University in Bangkok in 1996 to develop programs, seminars, exchange and visits that could promote the educational, social and economic well being of students, faculty and the people they serve.
- Launched the Pili Post Production Program in region 5 with the National Post Harvest Institute for Research and Extension (NAPHIRE).
- Switched ON in 1997 the Radyo ng Bayan (DZFR), which became the government's broadcast medium and served as a laboratory of students specializing in Communication Arts and Electronics.
- Linked with the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) through the Philippine National Volunteer Service coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) to enhance the mechanical engineering curriculum offered in the University.
- Set up a consortium up between the University and the Camarines Sur Polytechnic College to enhance the teaching competency of the faculty and upgrade their educational qualifications.
Dr. Emilano A. Aberin (1999–2003)
Biography: Educator, Administrator, Civic/Community Servant. Born in Peñaranda, Nueva Ecija. Master of Science in Agricultural Engineering (Major in Soils and Water engineering) from the University of the Philippines Los Baños and Ph.D. in Educational Management from University of Saint Anthony in 1985. Formerly, Assistant to the Dean of BUCA, Dean of the BU College of Agriculture, Assistant to the President for External Affairs, Acting Director of the Research and Statistics Center, University Vice President, Officer-in-Charge of the BU College of Fisheries, Officer-in-Charge of Bicol University, Acting Director of the BU Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS). Highlights:
- Decentralized BU Administrative and Fiscal Systems
- Pushed for Information and Technology programs
- Facilitated funds for the Open University.
- Drafted the BU Comprehensive Development (ComDev) Plan.
- Integrated the School of Philippine Craftsmen in Polangui, Albay as BU Polangui Campus in 2000.
Dr. Susana C. Cabredo, Ph.D. (2003–2007)
- Spearheaded the development of the Comprehensive Development Plan
- Restructured academic units and programs by reconstituting The Institute of Communication and Cultural Studies as the College of Arts and Letters (CAL); and established the College of Science (CS), the College of Business, Economics and Management (CBEM), and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) in 2003.
Dr. Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya (2008 - present)
Biography: B.S in Economics (Magna Cum Laude) from the Aquinas University of Legazpi in 1980. American Field Scholar in Glendive in Montana, USA in 1975. Ph.D. in Development Management from Bicol University in 1998. Previously, Department Head for the Entrepreneurship Program (1988 to 2001); Vice President for Production and Head of the BU Auxiliary Services; Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (2001–2003).
- Created The Institute of Local Governance (ILG)
- Established The Regional Science Teaching Center (RSTC)
- Opened The Sentro ng Wika.
- Opened BSc Mining Engineering course at the College of Engineering in 2008.
- Construction of Bicol University Torch of Wisdom
- Established the College of Medicine (2014)
Located on the boundary of Daraga, Albay and Legazpi City along the national highway, Rizal St. Aside from the Administration Building, the campus hosts the College of Education (BUCE), College of Nursing (BUCN), College of Arts and Letters (BUCAL), College of Science (BUCS), Graduate School (BUGS), Institute of Physical Education, Sports and Recreation (IPESR), College of Medicine (BUCM),Bicol University College of Education Integrated Laboratory School-Elementary Department and Bicol University College of Education Integrated Laboratory School-High School Department(BUCEILS-HS). The Bicol University Research Extension Program Center (BUREPC), the Amphitheatre and the Little Theater are also found in this campus.
Located in Sagpon, Daraga, Albay, and is less than a kilometer from the main campus, the campus consists of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP), College of Business, Economics and Management (CBEM) and the Bicol University International House. This campus was formerly called College of Arts and Science (CAS).
Located in Tayhi, Tabaco, Albay. Courses offered in this campus are Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Food Technology, Social Work, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Marine Fisheries, Fish Technology, Coastal Resource Management, Secondary Education, and Entrepreneurship.
Located in Pan-Philippine Highway in the town of Guinobatan, Albay, formerly known as Guinobatan Rural High School in 1927; Roxas Memorial Agricultural School in 1950; Bicol University College of Agriculture (BUCA) in 1969 through RA 5521; with the offering of Bachelor of Science in Forestry starting in 1991, is now known as Bicol University College of Agriculture and Forestry (BUCAF). BUCAF is a member of Philippine Agroforestry Education and Research Network (PAFERN)
Located in Centro Occidental, Polangui, Albay, this was formerly known as the School for Philippine Craftsmen and offered vocational courses. It was integrated into Bicol University, through R.A. 7722, R.A. 8292 & R.A. 8769, on December 14, 2000 and renamed as Bicol University Polangui Campus. From the five courses offered in 2000, it now offers fifteen courses including BSc in Nursing, BSc in Computer Engineering and BSc in Electronics and Communications Engineering.
Located in Gubat, Sorsogon, this campus offers Bachelor's degrees in Agricultural Technology, Secondary and Elementary Education, Fisheries, Food Technology, Entrepreneurship, Peace and Security Studies and Computer Science are offered in this campus.
Facilities and services
The health services of the University is maintained by the clinics in different campuses in the entire University.
Campus safety and security
The Civil Security Office is responsible for campus security. It is assisted by security officers from a private security agency.
Sport and recreational facilities
- Al Orolfo (BUCAF; BSAg, 1989) is OIC-Regional Technical Director, Protected Area, Wildlife Conservation Zone and Management Services (PAWCZMS), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 7 (Central Visayas)
- Venus Raj (BUCAL; ComArts, Major in Journalism) was Miss Philippines Earth 2008 (Miss Philippines Eco Tourism 2008), Binibining Pilipinas 2010 (Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2010), Miss Universe 2010 (4th rRunner-Up)
- Dr Zeus A Salazar (BUHS 1951) is a historian, an anthropologist and the proponent of the Pantayong Pananaw.
- Rolando Abaquin (BSAg) Harvard Faculty Club, Executive Chef.
- Yvette Marie Santiago (BUCBEM; BS Accountancy) is Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Supranational
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