Bukidnon State University

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Bukidnon State University
Pamantasang Estado ng Bukidnon
Logo of Bukidnon State University.png
Seal of Bukidnon State University
Former names
  • Bukidnon Provincial High School (1924–1929)
  • Bukidnon Normal School (1929–1976)
  • Bukidnon State College (1976–2007)
Motto "A special place for teaching and learning"
Type State University
  • 1924 (as Bukidnon Provincial High School)
  • 2007 (as Bukidnon State University)
President Dr. Oscar B. Cabañelez
  • Dr. Bernarda Lleno
  • Dr. Hazel Jean M. Abejuela
    (Arts and Sciences)
  • Dr. Demetria T. Saniel
  • Dr. Adelda A. Cunanan
    (Teacher Education)
  • Ms. Ma. Celeste C. Unabia
    (Social Development and Technology)
  • Dr. Maribel G. Valdez
    (Graduate School)
  • Atty. Gerardo J. Murillo
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 15, 000+
Location Fortich St., Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, Philippines
Campus 6.0 km² (BukSU Main Campus)
(with several External Studies Center in different parts of Mindanao)
Colors Navy Blue and White         
Nickname "BukSU"
Mascot BukSU Wild Cats
Website www.buksu.edu.ph

Bukidnon State University (abbreviated as BSU; colloquially referred to as BukSU) is a state university located in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, Philippines. It is one of the only two universities in the Province of Bukidnon—the other of which is Central Mindanao University in Musuan, Maramag—and the only university that carries the name of Bukidnon in its official name.


Originally known as Bukidnon Provincial High School, Bukidnon State College started as a two-year secondary school in 1924.[1][2][3] Upon the authority of the Director of Education, William H. Pickell, who was an American school superintendent for Bukidnon, established the school. It was first set up to train elementary school teachers for the provinces of Northern Mindanao and the neighboring regions.

It was renamed Bukidnon Normal School in 1929. During that time, it offered a four-year secondary normal curriculum, becoming one of five full-fledged secondary normal schools in the country. The student population was 70 for the entire four-year secondary course. Although the curriculum is American in orientation, the majority of the students are native inhabitants of Malaybalay.

The school was closed on December 9, 1941 and did not reopen after World War II. It was reactivated on September 1, 1945 but since its facilities were completely damaged, classes were held in army tents at the provincial capitol grounds and in private homes.[4] Rehabilitation work for the school’s facilities lasted until the 1950s using the money from the war damage claims.

In 1952-1953, the secondary normal curriculum was phased out giving way to a two-year special education curriculum. The gradual elimination of the secondary education ended in 1956 with the full implementation of the two-year collegiate course. The first batch, comprising nine students, graduated the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in March 1957. In the same year, the two-year special curriculum was phased out and the school gained the status of a degree-granting institution. In the same year, a kindergarten school was also established.

In 1960, the graduate department was created offering for the first time, a master's degree in education to encourage teachers to take advanced studies. Ten years later, external graduate studies centers were organized in a number of provinces and cities outside of Bukidnon in cooperation with the school divisions of the Department of Education to extend the services of the College to working teachers wanted to enroll in courses leading to Master of Arts in Education.

On December 15, 1961, Bukidnon Normal School was declared separate school division by virtue of Circular No. 33, s. 1961 issued by the Bureau of Public Schools, thus ending 37 years of administrative control by the division superintendent of schools for Bukidnon. In 1969, Master of Arts was offered in the school and in 1971, a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (BSSE) was offered. With the establishment of the BSE in Secondary Education, a high school laboratory, serving as its laboratory school, was established on the same year.

In 1969, Benjamin Tabios, former House Representative of Bukidnon, filed House Bill 18779 proposing the change of the school’s name from Bukidnon Normal School to Bukidnon Normal College, but was not enacted. A new bill sponsored by Cesar Fortich, House of Representative of Bukidnon, in 1972 converting the school to a state college—Bukidnon State College—although its conversion came was cancelled after the declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines on September 21, 1972.

On June 14, 1976, Presidential Decree No. 944 converted the Bukidnon Normal School into a chartered state college and changing its name to Bukidnon State College,[2][5] together with other schools in the country such as the Cebu Normal School, Leyte Normal School and Northern Luzon Teachers College into chartered state colleges. Jaime M. Gellor was appointed as the first president of the school. He served as president from 1976 to 1986.

The EDSA Revolution saw a change in the leadership of the school. The former president of the school was ousted and replaced by Godofredo L. Ycaro as officer-in-charge of the College. Teresita T. Tumapon was then inaugurated as the new president of the College in December 1986. During her time, linkages were opened for the school both in national and international academic circles. This period of time also saw the improvement of the school’s infrastructure, educational facilities, equipment and technology. Foreign experts, brought about by the internal linkages of the College, were brought in the school improving the schools technology and instruction.

On February 1, 1999, Victor M. Barroso, was then appointed as the new school president. The College has five schools offering undergraduate programs: School of Education, School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration and Information Technology and the School of Graduate Studies. The School of Community Education and Industrial Technology and School of Nursing and the School of Law was later established.

On May 15, 2007, during the Fiesta celebration of Malaybalay City, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Philippines, signed Republic Act 9456 [2][6] converting Bukidnon State College into Bukidnon State University, with endorsement from the House of Representatives and the Senate. BSU formally inaugurated its university status on June 14, 2007.

Academic units[edit]

The College Of Law Building, Bukidnon State University, Malaybalay City

Graduate programs[edit]

Graduate School[edit]

The Graduate School is the main professional education division of Bukidnon State University. The postgraduate school offers doctoral degrees in Instructional Systems Design, Public Administration, Science Education (major in Mathematics and Biology), Educational Leadership, and Education Administration.

It has a Master of Arts in Education with specialization on the following areas:

  • Educational Administration
  • Guidance and Counseling
  • English Language Teaching
  • Mathematics Education
  • Mathematics Teaching

Aside from M.A. Education, the college offers a Master of Arts in Science Education (Biology/General Science) and Master in Public Administration.

College of Law[edit]

The College of Law, established in 2003, is one of the professional schools in the university. It offers the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree.

Undergraduate programs[edit]

College of Nursing[edit]

The College Of Nursing Building, Bukidnon State University, Malaybalay City

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

College of Arts and Sciences[edit]

Bachelor of Arts major in:

Bachelor of Science in:

College of Business[edit]

College of Teacher Education[edit]

The College of Teacher Education Complex, Bukidnon State University, Malaybalay City

Bachelor of Elementary Education Major in:

Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in:

Certificate of Teaching (CT)

College of Social Development and Technology[edit]

Laboratory Schools[edit]

BSU, Secondary School Laboratory, a training ground for Secondary School students

Since the school was primarily a teacher training institution during its establishment years, it provided laboratory schools for its Bachelor in Elementary Education and Bachelor of Secondary School courses. The laboratory schools served as the training ground where the education students of the university will have their on-the-job (OJT) training. The following laboratory schools are established:

  • Elementary School Laboratory: kindergarten and grade school education
  • Secondary School Laboratory: high school education from first to fourth year

External Studies Center[edit]

  • BukSU - Cagayan de Oro External Studies Center, MOGCHS, Cagayan de Oro City
  • BukSU - Alubijid External Studies Center, Alubijid, Misamis Oriental
  • BukSU - Gingoog External Studies Center, Gingoog City
  • BukSU - Manticao External Studies Center, Manticao, Misamis Oriental
  • BukSU - Compostela Valley External Studies Center, Compostela Valley
  • BukSU - Initao External studies Center, Initao, Misamis Oriental
  • BukSU - Sto. Tomas External Studies Center Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte
  • BukSU - Libertad External Studies Center, Libertad, Misamis Oriental
  • BukSU - Kinoguitan External Studies Center, Kinoguitan, Misamis Oriental
  • BukSU - Sugbongcogon External Studies Center, Sugbongcogon, Misamis Oriental
  • BukSU - Talisayan External Studies Center
  • BukSU - Medina External Studies Center
  • BukSU - Magsaysay External Studies Center
  • BukSU - Salay External Studies Center
  • BukSU - Malitbog Extension Campus
  • BukSU - Libona Extension Campus
  • BukSU - Talakag Extension Campus
  • BukSU - Kadingilan Extension Campus
  • BukSU - Kalilangan Extension Campus
  • BukSU - Maragusan External Studies Center
  • BukSU - Trento External Studies Center
  • BukSU - Iligan City External Studies Center
  • BukSU - San Francisco External Studies Center
  • BukSU - Surigao City External Studies Center
  • BukSU - Baungon Extension Campus (Baungon, Bukidnon)



  1. ^ "Bukidnon State College". 
  2. ^ a b c Balane, Walter I. (June 2, 2007). "Bukidnon State College, now a university". MindaNews. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  3. ^ "Bukidnon". Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  4. ^ "Bukidnon State College". Manila Bulletin. June 23, 2006. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  5. ^ "Presidential Decree 944". Philippine Government. June 14, 1976. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  6. ^ "Republic Act 9456: An Act Converting Bukidnon State College into Bukidnon State University" (PDF). Philippine Government. February 19, 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 

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Coordinates: 8°09′24″N 125°07′25″E / 8.1568°N 125.1236°E / 8.1568; 125.1236