Rizal Technological University
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|Rizal Technological University|
|Established||July 11, 1969|
|President||Jesus Rodrigo Torres|
|Location||Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines|
|Campus||Urban; 1 Main Campus and 1 Satellite Campus|
|University Hymn||Dare to Dream|
Gold and Blue
|Nickname||RTU, Rizal Tech|
|Mascot||Blue Blue Thunders|
Rizal Technological University (RTU) is a public university located at Mandaluyong, Philippines. It was established on July 11, 1969 as the College of Rizal under the administration of the University of Rizal System (URS) before it separation from it on 1975. RTU is the first educational institution in the country to utilize Cooperative Education as a curriculum plan which is recognized by various industries, businesses and agencies all over the country.
Aside from being the pioneer of several innovative academic programs in the Philippines, such as Doctor of Technology Education, Master of Science in Engineering Education, Master of Science in Astronomy, Bachelor of Science in Astronomy Technology, Instrumentation and Control Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Instrumentation and Control Technology, Information and Communications Technology, RTU has established itself as National Instrumentation and Control Center and Welding and Research Training Center.
RTU has been the pilot school of Technology Resource Center under the Ministry of Human Settlements and now a member of the school network implementing the Engineering and Science Education Program (ESEP) of the Philippines.
RTU is also the only university in the Philippines that offers degree courses in astronomy.
Early history as College of Rizal 
The Rizal Technological University or RTU was established on July 11, 1969 upon the approval by the Secretary of Education in response to the utmost request of the Provincial Board of Rizal, headed by the Governor Isidro S. Rodriguez, to put up a higher education institution in the Province of Rizal. It was first known as the College of Rizal.
The College of Rizal opened its classes on July 14, 1969 with course offerings in business administration, education and liberal arts..
Rizal Technological College 
On March 20, 1975, the College of Rizal in Pasig and Rizal Technical High School in Mandaluyong, both situated in the Province of Rizal, were merged and converted into the Rizal Technological College (RTC) by the virtue of Presidential Decree (PD) No. 674 The decree authorized the expansion of curricular programs and promotion of researches in the development and conservation of natural resources in the Province of Rizal. The promulgation of P.D. No. 751 on July 25, 1975 amended certain provisions of P.D. No. 674 and made the operation and maintenance of the Rizal Technological Colleges a joint project and undertaking of the Provincial Government of Rizal and the Meralco Foundation, Incorporated. This Decree broadened the support and strengthened the organization of the College.
In 1975, upon the establishment of the Metropolitan Manila Commission, Pasig and Mandaluyong was transferred to the territorial jurisdiction of the Metro Manila. The Province of Rizal could not continue supporting financially the Colleges. Several alternatives were proposed to save the RTC. One was to transfer the management and administration of the RTC to one of the existing towns in the Province of Rizal or Metro Manila. The worst possible alternative was to phase out the Colleges. The leadership, the faculty, and the studentry of the Colleges would not allow this to happen, however, so they worked out the possible nationalization of the RTC. Through the support of then Metropolitan Manila Governor Imelda Marcos, the RTC constituency, with the Kabataang Barangay School Chapter of the RTC, and the Collegiate and High School Faculty Clubs at the forefront of the struggle for survival, President Ferdinand E. Marcos signed into law Presidential Decree 1341-A on April 1, 1978 converting the Rizal Technological Colleges into a State College. The decree, however, was received only on October 13, 1978; thus, the RTC has been celebrating its College Week, and later its University Week on the days centred on October 13.
University status 
After 19 years, the College was converted into the Rizal Technological University on October 11, 1997 by virtue of Republic Act (RA) No. 8365. The University is tasked to: provide highly professional, scientific, technological and special instructions in the fields of engineering and technology, education, business and entrepreneurial technology, and the programs; and promote research, extension and advance studies in its areas of specialization.
Present day 
Through the Cooperative Education Program of RTU, it shall continue to lead in the provision of work-integrated learning through partnership with industry and involvement of students in civic activities.
The functions and services of RTU are not confined to instruction alone as it has shifted to full gear towards the enhancement of its research and development programs and continued to pursue the policy of sharing its expertise and resources with the community through its non-formal education programs and extension services.
At present, RTU rises as a state university that will unceasingly fulfill its mission, vision, goals and objectives.
The University has been placed under the stewardship of six administrators:
As College of Rizal (1969–1975)
- Dr. Jose M. Singson - Executive Dean (1969)
- Dr. Marcial Renosa - Acting Executive Dean (1969–1974)
- Dr. Lydia M. Profeta - Executive Dean (1974–1975)
As Rizal Technological Colleges (locally funded - 1975-1978)
- Dr. Julio Balmes - Officer-in-Charge (1975–1976)
- Dr. Lydia M. Profeta - Executive Dean (1976–1978)
As Rizal Technological Colleges (state college, nationally funded - 1979-1997)
- Dr. Lydia M. Profeta - Acting President (1979–1986)
- Dr. Josepfina V. Estolas - Officer-in-Charge (1986–1987) and College President (1987–1993)
- Dr. Jose Q. Macaballug - Officer-in-Charge (1993) and College President (1993–1997)
As Rizal Technological University (1997–present)
- Dr. Jose Q. Macaballug - University President (1997 to 2010)
- Dr. Jose Q. Macaballug- Officer-In-Charge (2010 - Nov. 5, 2010)
- Dr. Jesus Rodrigo F. Torres - University President (November 6, 2010 – Present)
The administrative jurisdiction of the Antipolo campus of Rizal Technological University has been transferred to the University of Rizal System, also a government-funded state university.
RTU is the first state university in Mandaluyong City and Pasig City, Metro Manila.
Laboratory High School (LHS) 
The Rizal Technological University - Laboratory High School, also known as RTU-LHS, is the high school department of the RTU and it is situated inside the main campus in Mandaluyong City. The RTU - Laboratory High School provides secondary (high school) curriculum with added technology-based subjects such as electronics, civil technology, drafting, metal works and machine shop, business technology for boys and girls, food trades and garment trades for girls only. The RTU - Laboratory High School also serves as the training for teacher education programs of the college student-teachers of the College of Education.
Department of Astronomy 
The Rizal Technological University was the first institution of higher learning in the Philippines to offer an undergraduate and graduate degree program in Astronomy.
The Bachelor of Science in Astronomy Technology is a five-year intensive program designed to prepare undergraduate students to become future research scientists and technologists in the field of astronomy. The program itself is a merging of two well established sciences, Astronomy and Engineering, as evidenced by the number of astronomy and technology-related courses required to earn the degree.
The Diploma in Astronomy is a Postgraduate degree program that can be completed in two semesters and one summer session. It is designed for astronomy educators, beginning to advanced amateur astronomers, and casual enthusiasts. Prospective students should have a prior Bachelor's degree in order to enroll in this program.
The Master of Science in Astronomy program was created to form future research astronomers and leaders in formal astronomy education in the country.
International collaboration 
The RTU varsity teams are called Blue Thunders. The women's teams are called the Lady Thunders, while the juniors' (high school) teams are called the Baby Thunders.
RTU Blue Thunders earned six times defending Over-All Champion in SCUAA and won the 2009 Over-All Champion in 13th UniGames in CPU, Iloilo. The RTU Blue Thunders participated and won in athletics competition around the Philippines.
In addition, the RTU Blue Thunders men's basketball team got a silver medal in 2009 Penang Unity Chief Basketball Minister Friendship Cup invitational basketball tournament.
The following are the varsity sports at RTU: Basketball, Volleyball, Chess, Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis, Athletics, Baseball, Softball, Swimming, Boxing, Cheer dance, Dance Sports, Track and Field, Sepak Takraw, Badminton, Taekwondo, Arnis, Beach Volleyball.
See also 
- List of universities and colleges in the Philippines
- List of universities with industrial engineering faculty
- State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association
- History of Rizal Technological University
- RTU Laboratory High School
- Sabater, Madel (2007-04-16). "Now available in RP: A college course to reach the stars". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
- "Rizal Technological University Department of Astronomy". astroleaguephils.org. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
- "Blue Thunders finish 2nd in Penang caging". Philstar.com. 2009-07-11. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
- Rizal Technological University Official Website
- RTU Department of Astronomy Astronomical League of the Philippines, Inc.