Ifugao State University

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Ifugao State University
Pamantasang Estado ng Ifugao
Ifugao State University.jpg
Former names
Nayon Settlement Farm School (1920-1959)
Ifugao Pilot Opportunity School of Agriculture (1959-1971)
Ifugao Agricultural and Technical College (1971-1982)
Ifugao State College of Agriculture and Forestry (1982-2009)
Type State university
Established 1920
Chairman Dr. Alex B. Brillantes, Jr. of CHED
President Dr. Serafin L. Ngohayon
Vice-president Dr. Nancy Ann P. Gonzales (Academics)
Dr. ________________(Administration and Finance)
Dr. Napoleon K. Taguiling (Research, Development and Training)
Mr. Telesforo T. Pugong, Jr. (Planning)
Location Lamut, Ifugao, Philippines
Campus Lamut Campus (Main Campus), Potia Campus, Lagawe Campus, Tinoc Campus
Hymn IFSU Hymn
Nickname IFSU
Website www.ifsu.edu.ph
Hon. Solomon R. Chungalao, Congressman of the Lone District of Ifugao is the principal author of the bill in the Philippine House of Congress converting the college into a state university.

The Ifugao State University (or IFSU for short), is a government owned and funded university in the Philippines. It was originally established in 1920 as 'Nayon Settlement Farm School' by American educators. It gained its university status under Republic Act 9720 passed by the Philippine Congress and the Senate of the Philippines and duly approved in 2009 by none other than Her Excellency, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, then President of the Republic of the Philippines. With main campus located in Lamut, Ifugao, it is mandated to offer course specializations on Agriculture, Forestry, Nursing, Social Sciences, Criminology, Teacher Education, Business Administration, Public Administration, Information Technology, Food Science, among others in both undergraduate and graduate levels.[1]


The Ifugao State University is governed by a twelve-member Board of Regents. It is chaired by the Commission on Higher Education Chairperson, Hon. Patricia B. Licuanan represented by Commissioner, Alex B. Brillantes, Jr.. Its members include:

  • Hon. Serafin L. Ngohayon, Vice Chairperson
(University President)
  • Hon. Pia S. Cayetano
(Chair, Senate Committee on Education, Culture & Arts)
  • Hon. Roman T. Romulo
(Chair, House Committee on Higher Education and Technical Education)
  • Hon. Milagros A. Rimando
(NEDA-CAR, Regional Director)
  • Hon. Marilyn V. Sta. Catalina
(DA CAR , OIC Regional Director)
  • Hon. Julius Caesar A. Sicat
(DOST-CAR, Regional Director)
  • Other members include representatives from:
Federated Student Association
Faculty Federation
Alumni Association
Prominent Citizen, District 1
Prominent Citizen, District 2

International Linkages and Partners[edit]

  • Gaining international recognition, IFSU sends its own students abroad such as to the United States, Middle East, Europe, Australia and Asia, and at the same time accommodates foreign students from these countries via Student Exchange Programs. International students enrolled at IFSU are accommodated as well. IFSU is accredited/ authorized by the Bureau of Immigration of the Philippines to accept foreign students.
IFSU’s International Partners/ Linkages include:
  1. KOBE Gakuin University, Japan
  2. Quang Trung College, HCMC, Vietnam
  3. SOKA International University, Tokyo
  4. EDS Business School, Penang, Malaysia
  5. Akamai University, Hilo, Hawaii, USA
  6. International Center for Agricultural Studies “Granot Studies”, Israel
  7. Universitas Ahmad Dahlan, Indonesia
  8. Phu Lam Technical and Economic College, Vietnam
  9. Australian Youth Ambassador for Development (AYAD)
  10. Thai Nguyen University, Vietnam
  11. International Tropical Timber Organization
  12. Galilee College, Israel
  13. International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid tropics (ICRISAT), India
  14. National Federation of UNESCO Association of Japan (NFUAJ), Tokyo, Japan
  15. Southeast Asian Network for Agro-forestry Education (SEANAFE)
  16. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  17. Japan Embassy- JICC
  18. US Peace Corps- USA
  19. Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) - Japan


As to accreditation, IFSU's programs are accredited by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP). The AACCUP is a full member of the:
  • National Network of Quality Assurance Agencies, Inc. (NNQAA), authorized by the Commission on Higher Education to certify programs duly accredited by accrediting agencies.
  • Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) with AACCUP as member of the Steering Group based in Hong Kong, China. The APQN is a powerful grouping of accrediting agencies across the Asia Pacific. Among the member countries are Australia, New Zealand, China, South Korea, Japan, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and many other nations. APQN is an international recognized accreditation association, recognized by Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA-USA).
  • International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) based in The Hague, The Netherlands.
The Ifugao State University was also accredited by International Distance Education Accreditation League (IDEAL) in March 18, 2011. IDEAL was a full member of APQN (Asia Pacific Quality Network) with Head Office in Shanghai, China.

Graduate Programs[edit]

Cross Border Campus, Penang, Malaysia

With Dato Dr. Ben Lee as Coordinator of Cross-border Campus, Penang, Malaysia
  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) major in
Public Administration
Educational Management
  • Master in Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Arts in Nursing

Main Campus, Nayon, Lamut, Ifugao, Philippines

With Dr. Nancy Ann P. Gonzales, VPAA and Graduate School Coordinator
  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) major in
Public Administration
Educational Administration
  • Master in Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master in Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching major in English and Social Sciences
  • Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)


The Ifugao State University with its main campus at Nayon, Lamut 3605, Ifugao, Republic of the Philippines has undergone a progressive metamorphosis since its inception in 1920 as Nayon Settlement Farm School by American Educators. It closed at the outbreak of World War II and re-opened after liberation maintaining its general elementary instruction while engaging in agriculture projects particularly gardening and poultry raising.

In 1959, the school changed its name into Ifugao Pilot Opportunity School of Agriculture (IPOSA) through R.A. 2432. Then after some years, it was renamed into Payon Bugan Pilot Opportunity School of Agriculture (PBPOSA) in honor of Bugan, the original owner and donor of the land where the school’s main campus is located. The school continued to enhance its programs offering regular vocational agriculture and homemaking courses during this period.

In 1971, because of the need to expand its programs to accommodate the need of the community, PBPOSA was converted into Ifugao Agricultural and Technical College (IATC) which produced the first batch of graduates from two-year technical courses in agriculture and homemaking in 1973 and first degree graduates in 1975.

In 1982, IATC became Ifugao State College of Agriculture and Forestry (ISCAF) through R.A. 189 integrating five(5) secondary schools in the province of Ifugao namely: Potia, Amduntog, Hacmal, Hapao, and Tinoc. The college grows even higher with the offering of degree programs in education, agriculture, forestry, home technology, computer technology, industrial arts; and masters programs in education, management and agriculture. Expanded Tertiary Education program was also offered.

By virtue of R.A. 7722 otherwise known as the Higher Education Modernization Act, Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) were separated from the Basic Education (Elementary and High School) and were subjected to the supervision of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) while the latter with the Department of Education (DepEd) during the second millennium (2000). Thus, campuses offering primarily secondary education were turned over to DepEd. ISCAF Potia and Tinoc campuses remained with ISCAF as they were then offering tertiary courses. The Commission on Higher Education moved to integrate CHED Supervised Institutions (CHIs) into existing state colleges or universities in each province. Thus, the Ifugao College of Arts and Trades (ICAT) at Lagawe, Ifugao was integrated with ISCAF.

In 2003, other degrees, masters’ and doctor’s programs were offered. From 2005 to 2008, new programs were offered: criminology, midwifery, nursing, management, hotel and restaurant management, computer engineering, and civil engineering. The four-fold trusts of the university are on instruction, research, extension, and income generation.

In 2009, the college was later converted into Ifugao State University through R.A. 9720 under the administration of Dr. Serafin L. Ngohayon, the first University President. Hon. Solomon R. Chungalao, Representative of the Lone District of Ifugao from year 2001-2010 became the main author of the bill filed in the 14th House of Congress converting the college into a state university. Sen. ‘Mar’ Roxas along with some senators in the Philippine House of Senate authored the senate version of the bill until it was formally signed by Her Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on October 14, 2009.

Today, IFSU is one of the recognized active State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and in the national level. The present administration continues the metamorphosis of providing quality education by having all its programs undergo and pass series of accreditations as implemented by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines Inc. (AACCUP). Therefore, all the degrees offered by Ifugao State University is recognized in the Philippines. Along with the continuous progress of the university is the strengthening of its academic programs toward excellence, enhancement of its research capabilities, sustainable income generating projects, and strengthening of its linkages to national and international organizations.


The Ifugao State University is the only tertiary educational institution in the province of Ifugao, the gateway to the famous Banaue Rice Terraces, one of the Philippine treasures declared by UNESCO as world heritage site. It is located in Northern Luzon, Philippines in the South-Eastern portion of Ifugao province.

The main campus is at Barangay Nayon, Municipality of Lamut, about 300 kilometers from Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. Potia Campus at Alfonso Lista, Ifugao is about 72 kilometers from Santiago City; Lagawe Campus is nestled at Bahawit, Lagawe, the capital town of Ifugao; and Tinoc Campus lies at the western part of Ifugao, about 14 kilometers away from Mt. Pulag.


  1. ^ Philippine Batas Pambansa Bilang. 189 Section 2
  • Republic Act 9720 - Law elevating a state college into state university in the province of Ifugao, Philippines

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