Cebu Normal University

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Cebu Normal University
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Former name
Cebu Normal School (CNS)
Cebu Normal College (CNC)
Cebu State College (CSC)
MottoQuality with Integrity
TypeState university
PresidentDr. Filomena T. Dayagbil
  • Vice President for Administration:
    Atty. Dominiciana J. Bandala
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs:
    Dr. Daisy R. Palompon
  • Vice President for Research, Extension and Publication:
    Dr. Angeline M. Pogoy
  • College of Teacher Education:
    Dr. Ethel D. Abao
  • College of Arts and Sciences:
    Dr. Milagros M. Greif
  • College of Nursing:
    Dr. Jezyl C. Cutamora
  • Student Affairs:
    Dr. Gwendelina A. Villarante
  • CNU Medellin Campus Director:
    Dr. Joseph Sol S. Galleon
  • CNU Balamban Campus Director:
    Dr. Levi T. Atibula
Address, ,
ColorsCrimson and Gold         
AffiliationsAACCUP , ISO 9001:2015, SCUAA-7
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Cebu Normal University (CNU) is a state research university in Cebu City, Philippines.[1] Established in 1902, it is one of the oldest educational institutions in Cebu City.

CNU is designated by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as Center of Excellence (COE) in both Nursing Education and Teacher Education.[2][3]


Early history[edit]

The CNU was established in 1902 by virtue of Act No. 74 of the Philippine Commission as a summer institute of the Philippine Normal University (PNS, then a normal school). It was then called as "Cebu Normal School" and was located on Colon Street.

In 1906, the school became an adjunct to the then Cebu Provincial High School (now Abellana National School). In 1924, the school became independent of PNS, obtained the normal school status and moved to its current site in Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City. In 1926, it produced its first batch of graduates as a new educational institution.

CNU during World War II[edit]

The CNU campus was used as headquarters of the Kempetai or Military Police of the Japanese Imperial Army during the second World War.[4] Because of this, the administration building basement have been rumored to have ghosts of those who were killed by the Japanese. On March 26, 1945, the Allied forces landed on Cansojong Beach in Talisay which begins the liberation of Cebu. The Americans made CNS their base.

Conversion into college[edit]

In 1952, the two – year general curriculum adopted in 1946 was changed to the four – year Elementary Education Curriculum, which was later changed to Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE – Elementary Education) in 1954. This led CNS to become a tertiary institution. In 1959, BSE was changed into Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. The Graduate School was opened in 1960 and produced its first M.A. graduate in 1966 – Rosemary P. Gellor. The Liberal Arts department (now College of Arts and Sciences) was established in 1977 and the department of Nursing (now College of Nursing) was created in 1982.

The school was then renamed to "Cebu Normal College" in 1966, then to "Cebu State College" in 1976 in accordance to P.D. 944. The 1980s to the 1990s saw a rapid increase in the school's population and new buildings. These structures now house the three colleges of the school: College of Teacher Education (CTE), College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), and the College of Nursing (CN), as well as the University Museum, the Integrated Laboratory School (ILS), the Graduate School (GS) and Balay Alumni.

University status[edit]

On June 27, 1998, the school (then called Cebu State College) attained university status and was named Cebu Normal University (CNU) under Republic Act No. 8688 signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos.

In 2005 and 2008, CNU had two opened extension campuses in Balamban and Medellin in Cebu respectively. The university is Region 7's Center of Teacher Development and in August 2009 it became Region 7's sole Center of Excellence in Nursing.[2][3]

Centennial celebration[edit]

On June 13, 2011, CNU celebrated its 100th Centennial celebration, delayed by nine years. The National Historical Commission confirmed its creation in 1902 with Samuel MacClintock as the first principal which was not known by the previous university administration. A strict review of MacClintock's annual report and upon the approval of the Malacañang Palace of the university logo, the administration was convinced that the university was indeed founded in 1902.[5]

Organization and administration[edit]


CNU is governed by a Board of Regents composed of the Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education, University President, Chairman of the Committee on Higher and Technical Education of the Senate, Chairman of the Committee on Higher and Technical Education of the House of Representatives, Regional Director of the National Economic and Development Authority, President of the Federation of Faculty Associations of the University, President of the Federation of Student Councils of the University, President of the Federation of Alumni Associations of the University and two representatives from the private and public sectors.[6] The Board of Regents is the highest decision-making body of the university and the regents appoints the University President, confer degrees upon successful candidates for graduation and performs other administrative functions.


CNU is headed by a university president, appointed by the Board of Regents. The president is assisted by three vice presidents— for Academic Affairs, Administration and Research, Extension and Publication.[7] The extension campuses are headed by a Campus Director appointed by the Board of Regents upon the recommendations of the University President. Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil is the current CNU President.



CNU offers academic programs at the nursery, kindergarten, elementary, junior high, undergraduate, and graduate levels.[8] As is the norm in the Philippine education system, instruction is primarily delivered in the English language with the exception of Philippine and foreign language subjects.


The CNU undergraduate schools comprise the following:

College of Nursing[9][edit]

The College of Nursing of Cebu Normal University was created through CSC Board Resolution No. 35 s. 1982. Through this board, Cebu Normal University entered into a consortium with Southern lslands Hospital (now known as Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center). Since then, the college has offered Bachelor of Science in Nursing with only one section for each level. The college had its first graduates in 1986. CNU's College of Nursing has been recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as Center of Excellence since 2009.

College of Teacher Education[10][edit]

The College of Teacher Education of Cebu Normal University covers within its umbrella the flagship programs of the university. The undergraduate programs include Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEEd) and Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) with varying fields of concentration and specialization. CNU's College of Teacher Education has been recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as Center of Excellence.

Under the College of Teacher Education is the Integrated Laboratory School composed of programs from nursery to junior high school.

College of Arts & Sciences[11][edit]

The College of Arts and Sciences of Cebu Normal University is the recent programs of the university and was established in 1977. The undergraduate programs include Bachelor of Arts (BA), and Bachelor of Science (BS) with varying fields of concentration and specialization. The School of the Arts offers the Bachelor of Arts in Communication, English Language, Literature, Filipino, Political Science and Public Administration and the School of the Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Psychology.

Graduate studies[edit]

The CNU Graduate School offers Masters-level and Doctorate programs across the disciplines covered by the three colleges. It was opened in 1960 with Dr. Tecla P. Revilla, another alumna, as its first dean. It produces its first M.A. graduate in 1966 – Rosemary P. Gellor.


CNU operates with a selective admissions policy. All of the units of the University require, among other things, passing an entrance examination and past education records are also required for examination along with a final admissions interview. Application for Undergraduate admissions starts on October and ends on December with the college entrance examinations scheduled from January to March the following year. Results are posted on May along with the schedule of the final admissions interview. Only the successful applicants are allowed to enroll for the next academic year.


As a state university, CNU is a member of Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP). In February 2011, The College of Nursing and The College of Teacher Education were awarded the Level 4 Accreditation by the AACCUP (The Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines), being the first programs in the country to have been awarded such honors.[12][8]

The University has also been declared by the Commission on Higher Education as a Center of Excellence (CoE) in Teacher Education and in Nursing.

University Image[edit]


The seal of the university, as approved by the Board of Regents, is as follows: At the center of the circular field is the lamp of knowledge; leaning against it is a “kuryapi” which was the musical instrument played by Visayan men during the pre-Hispanic era. At the top are the three letters in the old Visayan alphabet that represents the initials of Cebu Normal University. This design incorporates both Western and indigenous symbols to reflect the spirit of CNU. At the bottom is the year 1902, the year when the Cebu Normal School was established. On the outer edge of the circle are the words Cebu Normal University, and at the bottom center, Cebu City, Philippines.


Cebu Normal University is a normal institution which started as a teacher-training college thus remaining to be a training ground for teachers with it evolving as a comprehensive university. CNU was established and operated as normal school before it expanded its faculties and was organized as a state research university. It retained the word "Normal" in its name to recognize its historical purpose.


Cebu City[edit]

The CNU Administration Building

The main campus of Cebu Normal University is located at the Osmeña Boulevard. The university's administration building is one of the most distinct structures in the city in the 1920s. A World War II Memorial is also located inside the campus in remembrance of the Filipinos who were imprisoned, tortured and executed by the Japanese inside the campus during the second world war.

Balamban Campus[edit]

The CNU Balamban Extension Campus was opened in 2005 at Barangay Nangka, Balamban, Cebu.

Medellin Campus[edit]

The CNU Medellin Extension Campus was opened in 2008 and is located at Barangay Poblacion, Medellin, Cebu.

Research [13][edit]

The CNU Center for Research and Development is concerned with supervising the research activities of the University. The Center for Research and Development is under the Vice President for Research, Extension and Publication and is supervised by the Director for the Center of Research and Development.

CNU's official research publication is the CNU Journal of Higher Education, a multidisciplinary, and peer-reviewed journal. It aims to disseminate relevant and significant researches across discipline as written by leading scientists and researchers. It calls for original articles (research studies, reviews, theoretical and methodological principles and analyses) on issues concerning the different professions from a multidisciplinary perspective. The journal publishes once a year. [14]

The following are the research institutes of the university:

  • Institute for Research in Innovative Instructional Delivery (IRIID)
  • Research Institute in Computational Mathematics and Physics (RICMP)
  • Research Institute for Ageing and Health (RIAH)
  • Research Institute for Public Governance (RIPG)
  • Research Institute for Tropical Biology and Pharmacological Biotechnology (RITBPB)

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Mandate | Cebu Normal University". Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  2. ^ a b "List of Centers of Excellence (COEs) and Centers of Development (CODs) as of May, 2016" (PDF).
  3. ^ a b "7 universities named centers of excellence, development". Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  4. ^ "History | Cebu Normal University". Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  5. ^ "CNU celebrates 100 years". Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  6. ^ "CNU University Code Revised 2018" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Administrative Council | Cebu Normal University". Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  8. ^ a b "About CNU | Cebu Normal University". Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  9. ^ "College of Nursing | Cebu Normal University". Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  10. ^ "College of Teacher Education | Cebu Normal University". Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  11. ^ "College of Arts & Sciences | Cebu Normal University". Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  12. ^ "Accredited Programs (All Years 1992-2017), Cebu Normal University" (PDF).
  13. ^ "CNU launches 5 new research institutes". Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  14. ^ "About the Journal | CNU Journal of Higher Education". Retrieved 2019-10-30.

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