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)
TypeState university
ChairpersonDr. Alex B. Brillantes, Jr. of CHED
PresidentDr. Eva Marie Codamon-Dugyon
Vice-presidentProf.Freddie B. Caday, PhD (Administration)
Prof. Dinah Corazon M. Licyayo, PhD (Academic Affairs)
Prof. Nancy Ann P. Gonzales, PhD (Research, Extension and Development)
Prof. Diosdado M. Aquino, PhD (Planning, Finance and Resource Generation)
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CampusLamut Campus, Potia Campus, Lagawe Campus, Tinoc Campus, Aguinaldo Campus, Hapao Campus
HymnIFSU Hymn
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 (IFSU) 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 Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, then President of the Republic. With the main campus 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 at undergraduate and graduate levels.[1]


The Ifugao State University is governed by an 11-member Board of Regents. It is chaired by Hon. Lilian A. De Las Llagas, Commission on Higher Education Commissioner and Chairperson of IFSU'S Board of Regents. Its members include:

  • Hon. Eva Marie Codamon-Dugyon, Vice Chairperson (President of Ifugao State University)
  • Hon. Denis B. Habawel, Representative of Sen. Francis G. Escudero, Chairperson of Senate Committee on Education, Culture and Arts
  • Hon. Rosalina L. Bistoyong, Representative of Hon. Paolo Averardo S. Javier, House Committee on Higher & Technical Education (February 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019)
  • Hon. Milagros A. Rimando, Regional Executive Director of NEDA-CAR
  • Hon. Cameron P. Odsey, Regional Executive Director of DA-CAR
  • Hon. Gracelyn L. Tique, President of the Federated Student Association
  • Hon. Laurence H. Nanglegan, Sr., Private Sector Representative of District I
  • Hon. Donato L. Ngabit Jr., President of the Federated Faculty Association
  • Private Sector Representative of District II
  • President of the Federated Alumni Association

Note: Hon. Riezelle Auginaya I. Echanova was elected as President of the Federated Alumni Association

International linkages and partners[edit]

Gaining international recognition, IFSU sends its students abroad (such as to the United States, Middle East, Europe, Australia and Asia) and, at the same time, accommodates foreign students from these areas via 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. International partners/linkages include:

  1. KOBE Gakuin University, Japan
  2. Kanazawa University, Japan
  3. Pacific Ocean University, Vietnam
  4. Nanyeng International College, Myanmar
  5. University of National and World Economy, Bulgaria
  6. National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan
  7. International Center for Agricultural Studies “Granot Studies”, Israel
  8. US Peace Corps
  9. Euro College, Macedonia
  10. EDS Business School, Penang, Malaysia
  11. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  12. National Chengchi University, Taiwan
  13. University of California, Los Angeles
  14. University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific


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.

Ifugao State University was accredited by International Distance Education Accreditation League (IDEAL) on March 18, 2011. IDEAL was a full member of APQN (Asia Pacific Quality Network) with Head Office in Shanghai, China.

IFSU is listed in the IAU (International Association of Universities) database. IAU is a unit of UNESCO. IFSU is listed under universities in the Philippines.[2]

Graduate programs[edit]

Cross Border Campus, Penang, Malaysia with Dato Dr. Ben Lee as Coordinator.

  • 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. 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 secondary schools in the province of Ifugao: Potia, Amduntog, Hacmal, Hapao, and Tinoc. The college grows 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 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.[3] Hon. Solomon R. Chungalao, Representative of the Lone District of Ifugao from 2001 to 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 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 are 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. It is in Northern Luzon, Philippines in the southeastern 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 from Mt. Pulag.


  1. ^ Philippine Batas Pambansa Bilang. 189 Section 2
  2. ^ See http://www.iau-aiu.net/sites/all/files/np_nw.pdf#Philippines
  3. ^ Republic Act 9720: Law elevating a state college into state university in the province of Ifugao, Philippines

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