Far Eastern University

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Far Eastern University
Pamantasan ng Malayong Silanganan
Official Far Eastern University Logo.png
Official Seal of Far Eastern University
Motto Love of Fatherland and God
Established 1928
Type Private, Non-sectarian, Granted Autonomous Status
President Michael M. Alba
Undergraduates 23,928[1]
Postgraduates 3,961[1]
Location Nicanor Reyes St.(Morayta), Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
Campus 40,000 m²
Hymn "The FEU Hymn" by Nick Joaquin
Colors FEU colors.svg Green and Gold
Mascot FEU Tamaraws
Website www.feu.edu.ph

Far Eastern University (FEU) (PSEFEU) in the University Belt area, West Sampaloc, City of Manila, is a nonsectarian, private university in the Philippines. Created by the merger of Far Eastern College and the Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance, FEU became a university in 1934 under the guidance of first president Nicanor Reyes, Sr. It has been noted as the leading proprietary (for profit) university in the Philippines.[2] FEU's campus is noted for a number of historical buildings preserved from the first half of the 20th century.


Presidents of
Far Eastern University
Nicanor I. Reyes Sr., 1934-1942
Hermenigildo B. Reyes, 1945-1946
Clemente Q. Uson, 1946-1949
Vidal A. Tan, 1949-1952
Teodoro T. Evangelista, 1952-1970
Nicanor M. Reyes Jr., 1970-1985
Josephine Cojuangco-Reyes, 1985-1989
Felixberto C. Sta. Maria, 1989-1995
Edilberto C. de Jesus, 1995-2002
Lydia B. Echauz, 2002–2012
Michael M. Alba, 2012–present

Far Eastern University was founded in 1934 when the Far Eastern College and the Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance (IABF) merged.[2][3] Far Eastern College, founded in 1919, had been a liberal arts college in Quiapo; the IABF had been established (originally under the name Institute of Accountancy) by Nicanor Reyes, Sr., head of the Department of Economics of the University of the Philippines, with a number of other prominent educators in 1928.[3][4] IABF had been originally predominately used by night students, and the new university, which was supported by the tuition provided by its students rather than government grants.[3][4]

In its earliest days, FEU was housed in a converted tobacco factory already present on the four hectare (nearly 10 acre) plot which would eventually host the current campus.[3][4] Reyes Sr. was appointed the first president of the University, which spent its early years establishing several of its institutes, including those of Law and Technology. Reyes commissioned Pablo Antonio, who would later be titled National Artist of the Philippines, to construct a building for the school.[5] In 1939, the Nicanor Reyes Hall, which would later house the library and Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance, opened. Two other buildings by Antonio, the Girls’ High School Building and Boys High School Building, followed in 1940 and 1941,[5] by which year FEU had 10,000 registered students, with an international student population of 400.[6]

During World War II, the campus was occupied by the Imperial Japanese Army, who left only its shell unharmed.[4] Dr. Nicanor Reyes having been killed during the occupation, Dr. Hermenigildo B. Reyes was appointed the second president of the University when it reopened in 1945.[4]

Thereafter, FEU continued to expand, with the opening of a Science Building and the establishment of the Institute of Medicine and the School of Nursing. In 1955, the FEU hospital was opened. Humanities were introduced in 1959, and in 1970 the Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts opened. Also in 1970, the for-profit status of the Institute of Medicine, School of Medical Technology, FEU Hospital and the Student Health Service Clinic was altered, when these were converted in the FEU Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation, a non-stock, non-profit educational foundation.[4]

1989 introduced substantial revitalization to FEU that took place over a number of years, with renovation and modernization of facilities and grounds and upgrading of the University's educational standard. This resulted in the accreditation of the Institute of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Education, and the Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance, and, in the mid-1990s, the Deregulation of the University by the Commission on Higher Education. The auditorium was upgraded to accommodate modern stage productions and the new twice-monthly presentations by local and international artists established by the President's Committee on Culture. The university also received an ISO 9000:2001 for Quality Management and became one of the pilot university in assessment by IQUAME. The University also prioritized publication, launching a number of scholarly journals, and began networking with other institutions nationally and abroad. Recent En banc session of CHED with the letter received by the FEU president. FEU has been Granted with Autonomous Status.[4]

University emblems[edit]

  • The legendary Sarimanok[7]
  • The University Colors: Gold represents the golden opportunity for the University to serve the youth and her alumni to serve the country. Green is for hope, representing Rizals "Fair hope of the Fatherland.".[7][8]
  • The Tamaraw is the mascot of every FEU athletic team. Hence, it is the pet name of every FEU student (Tams). Known scientifically as “Bubalus mindorensis”, it is a rare animal found only in the island of Mindoro.[7][9]
  • The Memorial Quadrangle[7]
  • The Mace[7]

Main Campus[edit]

Among the buildings on FEU's campus complex, five by Pablo Antonio garnered recognition for FEU in 2005 from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), who bestowed the Asia Pacific Heritage Award for Cultural Heritage on the university for "the outstanding preservation of its Art Deco structures."[5] The buildings include the Nicanor Reyes Hall, the FEU East Asia College of Engineering and Computer Studies, the Law and Nursing Building, Auditorium/Administration Building and the Science Building. The buildings were constructed over a period of years ranging from 1939 to 1950 and reflect Antonio's evolution from Art Deco to the International Style popularized in the area after World War II.[5] The Cultural Center of the Philippines also recognized the historical legacy of the buildings with a marker. Other historical buildings on the campus include the 1950s FEU Chapel, FEU Hospital, and the Arts and Sciences Building, which also represent the International Style.

Notable Alumni[edit]


Images around campus
The Administration Building at Far Eastern University. 
The Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts, FEU-East Asia College 
FEU Student Pavilion 

Academic institutes[edit]

Far Eastern University- Manila[4]

Colleges and schools[edit]

  • Far Eastern University - Makati
    • Institute of Culinary Arts and Food Service - FEU


A member of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, FEU participates in 19 UAAP sports, including Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Chess Fencing, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, and Volleyball for both men and women.[citation needed] Among the many athletes who have attended FEU are Alberto Nogar Sr, Lydia De Vega, Elma Muros, Anthony Villanueva, and Johnny Abarrientos.[citation needed] FEU's teams are named after the tamaraw, a buffalo with a reputation for ferocity.[13]


  1. ^ a b http://investors.feu.edu.ph/PR2008.PDF
  2. ^ a b Rüegg, Walter (2004). Universities in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (1800-1945). A History of the University in Europe 3. Cambridge University Press. p. 213. ISBN 052136107 Check |isbn= value (help). 
  3. ^ a b c d Gupit, Jr., Dr. Fortunato, ed. (1986). Elements of Public Speaking (4th ed.). Rex Bookstore. p. 340. ISBN 971-23-0415-9. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "The History of FEU". feu.edu.ph. Archived from the original on 2007-06-09. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  5. ^ a b c d Ortiz, Margaux (2007-01-15). "Art Deco buildings thrive on FEU campus". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  6. ^ de Jesus, Edilberto C. (2002). "Muddling Through: Development Under a "Weak" State". In Wan-Ling Wee, C.J. Local cultures and the "new Asia": the state, culture, and capitalism in Southeast Asia. Social Issues in Southeast Asia Series 24. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. p. 70. ISBN 981-230-123-2. 
  7. ^ a b c d e IABF Bulletin of Information 2005-2007
  8. ^ FEU Publication[not specific enough to verify]
  9. ^ The FEU Advocate - University Profile[not specific enough to verify]
  10. ^ http://www.feu-eastasia.edu.ph/ FEU East Asia College Date accessed 2009-09-13
  11. ^ http://www.feu-nrmf.ph/feu_im.html FEU-NRMF : Meeting the Challenges of the Changing Times Date accessed 2009-09-13
  12. ^ http://www.feufern.edu.ph/ FEU FERN College Date accessed 2009-09-13
  13. ^ Huffman, Brent (2007-01-02). "Bubalus mindorensis: Tamaraw". www.ultimateungulate.com. Ultimate Ungulate.com. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 

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