Foundation University

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Foundation University
Motto Veritas
Motto in English Truth
Established July 4, 1949
Type Private, non-sectarian
President Mira D. Sinco, Ph.D[1]
Admin. staff 200
Location Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines
Campus Urban 55,000 m²
Former names Foundation College (1949-1969)
Colors      Maroon
Athletics UNIGAMES
Nickname Greyhounds

Foundation University, sometimes simply called Foundation or FU, is a private non-sectarian university in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines. It was founded by Dr. Vicente Guzman Sinco, former president of the University of the Philippines and an alumnus of Silliman University.[2] It offers over 60 specialized higher education areas of study accredited with the PAASCU, CHED, and the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation.

The University[edit]


University Tower

The university was established as Foundation College on July 4, 1949. It was granted the status of university by the Department of Education on January 28, 1969. The university offers many undergraduate courses such as in the fields of Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Nursing, Information Technology, Computer Science, Agriculture, Engineering, Law and many others. The university has schools for elementary and high school.

Established on the eve of the country's independence, it was then known as the Foundation College. The college was founded by Dr. Vicent Guzman Sinco, a known educator and legal luminary during his time.[2][a] His aim was to attract "men and women from all conditions of life, whose only passport is intellectual competence; whose pursuit is excellence in mind, body and character, and whose quest is for truth and freedom." Sinco envisioned the college to contribute to the overall national program of development. During the time of the college's founding, Filipinos were still in the process of building the nation.[3]

College of Arts and Sciences

The college had a three-fold function — instruction, research, and community action. The success of this mission was recognized in 1963, when Foundation College received international recognition and was invited to become a member of the International Association of Universities. The college was the first institution in the Visayas and Mindanao to receive this honor, and the first institution in the world that was not a full university to become a member of this organization.[3]

On January 28, 1969, recognizing the college’s sincerity of purpose, its achievement and performance, its superior instructional facilities and the quality of its graduates, the Philippine Department of Education granted the college a university charter.[3]

Colleges and Schools[edit]

Academic units of the university are organized into six colleges and five schools.[4]

  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Computer Studies
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Law
  • College of Hospitality Management
  • School of Industrial Engineering and Technology
  • College of Criminology
  • Graduate School
  • University High School
  • University Grade School

Notes and References[edit]


a. ^ Dr. Vicente Guzman Sinco was a professor, and later the eighth president of the University of the Philippines. He was also one of the delegates who signed the UN Charter for the Philippines.[2] During his time, Sinco wrote many books and was a known constitutionalist. Today his works are being quoted by known legal authors such as Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas[5] and Hector S. De Leon.[6]


  1. ^ "Administration". Foundation University. Retrieved 2009-08-30.
  2. ^ a b c "Vicente G. Sinco". National Historical Institute. Retrieved 2009-11-07.
  3. ^ a b c "Established on July 4, 1949". Foundation University. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
  4. ^ "Colleges". Foundation University. Retrieved 2009-12-12.
  5. ^ Bernas, S. J., Joaquin G. Bernas (2003). The 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines. REX Book Store Inc. p. 35. ISBN 971-23-3738-3. 
  6. ^ De Leon, Hector S.; De Leon, Hector M. Jr. (2005). Administrative Law: Text and Cases. REX Book Store Inc. p. 2. ISBN 971-23-4017-1. 

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