Negros Oriental State University

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Negros Oriental State University
Pamantasan ng Silangang Negros
Negros Oriental State University.png
Former names
  • Negros Oriental Trade School
  • East Visayan School of Arts and Trades
  • Central Visayas Polytechnic College
MottoCulture of Service and Excellence
PresidentDr. Joel P. Limson
Location, ,
  • Main Campus I & II (Bajumpandan)
  • Mabinay Campus
  • Bais Campus I & II
  • Guihulngan Campus
  • Siaton Campus
  • Bayawan-Sta. Catalina Campus
  • Pamplona Campus
ColorsBlue and white         
AffiliationsAACUP, PASUC
MascotNORSU Tigers

Negros Oriental State University is the only state university in Negros Oriental, Philippines, with 7 satellite campuses. NORSU located in Dumaguete City is the main campus with most academic programs and student organizations. Formerly Central Visayas Polytechnic College, it was converted into a state university for students from Visayas and Mindanao. The Main Campus I is on Kagawasan Ave., Dumaguete City, beside the provincial capitol building of Negros Oriental.[1]


The beginnings of what is now the Negros Oriental State University date back to 1907, from a single woodworking class at what was then the Negros Oriental Provincial School, the forerunner of the present Negros Oriental High School. As more industrial art subjects were added, a separate arts and trade school on the secondary level called the Negros Oriental Trade School, which became the East Visayan School of Arts and Trades in 1956 and the Central Visayas Polytechnic College in 1983. In 2004, it is then converted into what is now the Negros Oriental State University.[2][3][4][5]

The Negros Oriental Provincial School[edit]

The Negros Oriental Provincial High School was the precursor of what is now the Negros Oriental High School. It opened in Dumaguete on September 1, 1902. The "Provincial School," as it was simply referred to before, arose at the time when the principal stress in the program of public instruction of the American Civil Government in the Philippines was simply the introduction of the most basic academic program at the elementary and secondary levels. It was one of the 23 high schools in the country at that time.

1907 The school was started as a small shop on the intermediate level (fifth grade). It was located on the City Hall ground and was adjunct to the provincial schools which had both intermediate and high school classes. Mr. Leonard Brendenstein, a foreigner, was in charge of the school and woodworking was the only course offered at that time. 1916 Mr. Candido Alcazar became the principal of the school and the only course offered was still woodworking. The sixth and seventh grades were opened and conducted in the same small shop. 1922 Mr. Teodoro Senador, Sr. took over as principal with Miss Salud Blanco, Mr. Estanislao Alviola, Sr. and Mr. Fermin Canlas as teachers. There were at that time 258 intermediate pupils.

The curriculum offered by the Provincial School included English, reading, grammar, composition, arithmetic, geography, US history, and spelling. There was also a sewing class, which served as prototype of the vocational arts and trades education in the public schools in the province.[3][4][6]

The Negros Oriental Trade School (NOTS)[edit]

The Negros Oriental Trade School (NOTS) was ordered to be created on December 3, 1927 by virtue of Act No. 3377 of the Philippine Legislature. The school was officially named NEGROS ORIENTAL TRADE SCHOOL (NOTS) and became a separate trade school on the secondary level to stress the promotion of education in trades and industries.

In July, 1928, with Mr. Flaviano Santos as Principal, the first year class has 25 students. Though it was already considered as a separate institution, its students, however, continued to take their academic courses in English and Mathematics at the Negros Oriental Provincial High School.

With the growth in size of the Negros Oriental Trade School, it became imperative to have its own campus. Thus on July 26, 1930, Mr. Paul Wittman,the Division Superintendent of Schools for Negros Oriental, petitioned the Governor-General Henry Dwight F. Davis to reserve for the future campus of the Negros Oriental Trade School a piece of property adjoining the Catholic town cemetery, which lay at what was then the outskirts of Dumaguete.

In 1930 Mr. Flaviano Santos continued to be the principal with two sections of the First year and one section of the Second year. Mr. Fermin Canlas taught drawing and Mr. Estanislao Alviola, Sr. taught shopwork. Building Construction was introduced with woodworking as a course.

In 1932, NOTS was transferred from its premises at the ground floor of the Municipal Hall to its present campus. That same year, it conferred diplomas on its first 18 graduates. The trade school was transferred to the present site and 18 fourth year students were turned out as first graduates with Julian Abrasado and Sixto Dilicano as valedictorian and salutaturian respectively. Upon the transfer of Mr. Flaviano Santos, Mr. Isabelo Sarmiento assumed office as principal of the school. He served less than a year on account of his transfer to Bohol.

In 1933 Mr. Vicente Enrile took over the principalship of the school for a short time and he was later transferred to Zamboanga Trade School. A permanent L-shaped building costing more than P35,000.00 was constructed from national funds.

From 1934-1941 Mr. Vicente Macairan became the principal. Shop courses were housed in the concrete building and students took their academic subjects at the Negros Oriental High School. Mr. Simplicio Mamicpic headed the academic department. About 1938, Building Construction was offered as a course.

The members of class 1942 of NOTS were never to finish the school year. Like all other schools throughout the country, Negros Oriental Trade School was closed. Some of its male faculty and students rose to join the colors during the World War II.

The Negros Oriental Trade School campus was used by the US Army in 1945 as quarters for Japanese prisoners of war whom they captured. NOTS was then reopened in July 1946.

In 1946 Mr. Francisci Apilado took charge of the school when it reopened. Later Mr. Roberto Angeles became the principal of the school until his transfer to Agusan as Industrial Supervisor. Then Mr. Proceso Gabor became the principal. Electricity and Automechanics were new coursess offered. Reparation machines were acquired from Leyte to augment the technical shop equipment.

In 1948 The Related Subjects building was constructed from provincial funds. The academic department was headed by Mr. Esperidion G. Heceta after the liberation. After serving for a year, Mr. Heceta was promoted as principal of Larena Sub-Provincial High School. Mr. Fermin C. Santos took over the headship of the department. In view of the BPS ruling that National (Insular) teachers be placed in the national schools, Mr. Santos was persuaded by the Division Superintendent of Schools to exchange places with Mr. Pedro S. Flores, a National (Insular) teacher of the Negros Oriental High School. Mr. Flores did not stay long in this capacity and Mr. Santos was called back to assume the position of the academic department head.

In 1950 Mr. Marcelo Bonilla headed the school as principal. The Girls Trade semi-permanent building was constructed. Courses for girls were offered for the first time and 24 girls enrolled. The total enrolment was 865 and there were 40 teachers. It became coeducational for the first time.[3][4]

In 1951 This year the enrolment soared to 1476 and there were 311 girls and 1165 boys. The faculty and staff totaled 66.

From 1953-1955 under the PHILCUSA-FOA Program, equipment and supplies were given to the school. Some buildings were constructed under the foreign aid program. Equipment and machinery in the Machine Shop, Woodworking, and Sheet Metal were installed. The enrolment of the school further rose to 1943 in the school year 1954-55, and the personnel and the teachers totaled 84. Mr. Teodulfo Despojo was the principal when Mr. Marcelo Bonilla was promoted as Superintendent of Zamboanga School of Arts and Trades.


The East Visayan School of Arts and Trades (EVSAT)[edit]

By virtue of Republic Act No. 1579 signed into law on June 16, 1956, the Negros Oriental Trade School became the EAST VISAYAN SCHOOL OF ARTS AND TRADES (EVSAT. Under this new status, EVSAT was headed by a "Superintendent" with a "Principal" assisting him in administering the academic program of the school. The responsibility for the financial support of the school also shifted from the shoulders of the province of Negros Oriental to the national government. The most salient developments in the life of the school at this time included its rise in status to a collegiate level, the diversification of its technical curriculum, and the increase in buildings, machinery, and equipment. The implementation took effect during the school year 1957-58. Mr. Mariano P. Dagdag became the first Superintendent of the School and Mr. Julian A. Corpuz assumed office as principal of the school replacing Mr. Despojo who was transferred Agusan Trade School. Technical Education college courses like machine shop technology, electricity technology, technical drafting, technical building construction and girls trade technical courses were offered.

In 1957, during the administration of Mr. Mariano P. Dagdag, technical education courses on the collegiate level were offered for the first time. These included technical machine shop, technical building construction, technical automotive mechanics, and a number of girl's trades technical courses.

In 1959 Mr. Gregorio P. Espinosa took over as the second superintendent of the school on February 9, succeeding Mr. Dagdag upon his transferred.

In 1960, Evening Opportunity Classes were introduced for the first time, to make trade education accessible to adults and out-of-school youth, and in 1961, three other government schools in Negros Oriental were placed under the administration and supervision of EVSAT. These were the Negros Oriental National Agricultural School (NONAS) in Bayawan, the Guihulngan Vocational School in Guihulngan, and the Bais School of Fisheries in Bais City. To the three was subsequently added the Larena National Vocational School in Larena, Siquijor.

In 1965, EVSAT was authorized by virtue of Republic Act No. 4401 to offer a teacher education program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education. This raised EVSAT to the full status of a collegiate institution and pointed in a fresh direction which in time was to bring an entirely new character to the institution.

In 1975, new shop courses in Marine Engineering and Electronics, and Saturday classes in Practical Arts were offered for the first time. EVSAT was also authorized to offer a four-year technical educational program, leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology (BSIT), with a major in industrial management and supervision.

The need for candidates for the BSIE degree, major in industrial arts, for laboratory classes to do practice teaching led to MECS authorization in 1976 for EVSAT to open elementary classes at first in Grade V to VI. The full elementary school program began at the start of the new school year in June 1977. In later years, a high school was added as a second laboratory schools.

In 1976, EVSAT's graduate program was inaugurated, starting with the Master of Education degree.[3][4]

The Central Visayas Polytechnic College[edit]

By virtue of Batas Pambansa No. 401 passed on April 14, 1983 and signed into law by President Ferdinand E. Marcos on June 10, 1983, the Central Visayas Polytechnic College came into being. The state college was the result of the merger of three government institutions in Negros Oriental, namely the East Visayan School of Arts and Trades in Dumaguete City, the Bais School of Fisheries in Okiot, Bais City, and the Guihulngan Vocational School in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.

In its educational task, the primary responsibility of the Central Visayas Polytechnic College was "to give professional and technical training in science and technology, advanced specialized instruction in literature, philosophy, arts and sciences, besides providing for the promotion of scientific and technological researchers." The State Collegewas authorized to offer undergraduate courses in liberal arts, engineering, fisheries, agriculture, and short-term vocational courses for the development of middle level skills. It was also authorized to offer graduate courses, after the passage of five years and at the discretion of its Board of Trustees."

In December 11, 1986, Atty. Marcelo C. Jalandoon was formally appointed as the first President of Central Visayas Polytechnic College. President Jalandoon's administration of CVPC encompassed the transition period after Martial Law. Philippine education was faced with the great challenge of responding to the compelling need to stabilize the country's political situation by solidifying its economic foundations and fulfilling popular expectations of a better life, now that freedom has been recovered from the morass of oppressive days.

By 1991, with the solid foundation established by the earnest efforts of CVPC's previous administrators and the unflagging commitment to service of its faculty and staff, Dr. Henry A. Sojor was appointed by Philippine President Corazon C. Aquino on August 1, 1991, as the second President of the College. He took his oath of office five days later before the Secretary of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports, Dr. Isidro Carino.

Negros Oriental State University[edit]

Negros Oriental State University

Republic Act No. 9299 was signed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on June 25, 2004 and the Central Visayas Polytechnic College (CVPC) was converted into a state university, now known as the Negros Oriental State University (NORSU),[5] integrating therewith the Genaro Goñi Memorial College in the City of Bais, the Siaton Community College in the Municipality of Siaton, and the Mabinay Institute of Technology in the Municipality of Mabinay.[3][4][7]

Colleges & courses offered[edit]

The Dumaguete Campuses of NORSU is composed of nine colleges offering several undergraduate degrees. The Graduate School is located at the Main Campus[8]

College of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
    • Major in Animal Science, Agronomy
  • Bachelor of Science in Forestry

College of Arts and Sciences[edit]

  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Major in Social Science, General Curriculum
  • Bachelor of Mass Communication
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Geology
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology

College of Business Administration[edit]

  • Associate in Secretarial Science
  • Associate in Hospitality Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
    • Major in Human Resource Development Management, Financial Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Office Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management

College of Criminal Justice Education[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology

College of Teacher Education[edit]

Center of Development in Teacher Education

  • Bachelor of Elementary Education
    • Area of Specialization in Special Education, Early Childhood Education, General Curriculum
  • Bachelor of Secondary Education
    • Major in English, Mathematics, Filipino, Social Studies, Biological Science, Physical Science, TLE, MAPEH

College of Engineering and Architecture[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Geodetic Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Geothermal Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

College of Industrial Technology[edit]

  • Associate in Industrial Technology
    • Major in Electrical, Mechanical, Automotive, Electronics, Architectural Drafting, Civil,Computer, Food, and Refrigeration & Air-conditioning Technology
  • Diploma of Technology
    • Major in Automotive, Computer, Electronics, Electrical, and Mechanical Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance
  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology
    • Major in Electrical, Mechanical, Automotive, Electronics, Architectural Drafting, Civil, Computer, Food, and Refrigeration & Air-conditioning Technology
  • Bachelor of Technological Education
  • Bachelor of Technology
  • Short-Term Courses
    • Continuing Education Programs in Technology, Driving, Computer, and others

College of Nursing, Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences[edit]

  • Associate in Medical-Dental-Nursing Assistant
  • Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy

College of Law[edit]

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

Graduate School[edit]

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
    • Ph.D. in Educational Management
    • Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics
    • Ph.D in Mathematics
    • Ph.D. in Mathematics Education Minor in Statistics
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
    • Ed.D. in Educational Management
    • Ed.D. in Instruction
    • Ed.D. in Science Education
    • Ed.D. in English
    • Ed.D. in Filipino
    • Ed.D. in Technology Management
  • Doctor of Management (DM)
    • DM in Major in Human Resources Development
    • DM in Public Administration
  • Master in Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Arts
    • Major in Science Teaching (MAST)
    • Mathematics Teaching (MAMT)
    • English (MA Eng.)
    • Filipino (MA Fil.)
    • History (MA Hist)
    • Sociology (MA Socio)
    • Vocational Education (MAVE)
    • Physical Education (MAPE)
    • Psychology (MA Psych.)
    • Special Education (MA Sped)
    • Special Education (non-thesis)
    • Early Childhood Development
    • Educational Management (MAEM)
    • Teaching
  • Master of Science
    • Major In Mathematics (MS Math)
    • Biology (MS Bio)
    • Agriculture (MS Ag) (Agronomy, Animal Science, Agricultural Extension)
    • Library Science (MSLS)
    • Information Technology (MSIT)
  • Master of Public Management (MPM)
    • Majors in Local Government Administration
    • Human Resources Development
    • Public Administration
  • Master in Technological Education (MTE)
    • Major in Automotive Technology
    • Civil Technology
    • Electrical Technology
    • Electronics Technology
    • Industrial GraphicsTechnology
    • Mechanical Technology
  • Master of Public Health


  • Negros Oriental State University Dumaguete City - Main Campuses 1 & 2 (Bajumpandan)[9]
  • Negros Oriental State University Bais City Campuses 1 & 2[9]
  • Negros Oriental State University Bayawan-Sta Catalina Campus[9]
  • Negros Oriental State University Guihulngan Campus[9]
  • Negros Oriental State University Mabinay Campus[9]
  • Negros Oriental State University Siaton Campus[9]
  • Negros Oriental State University Pamplona College of Agriculture Laboratory and Research Station

Student life[edit]

Negros Oriental State University Amphitheater

NORSU is known as the school for poor but deserving students, because of its low-cost tuition and miscellaneous fees while capable of producing many board passers and topnotch achievers each year.[10]

Enrollment and Population[edit]

The university adopted a bi-semestral system wherein students enroll twice each year. The first semester enrollment starts as early as 2nd week of May and ends early June, when classes begin as well. Classes for the first semester normally ends on the 3rd quarter of October.

Enrollment for the second semester starts late October and ends first week of November. The semester ends on the last quarter of March although normally Honors' Day and commencement dates fall on the 3rd week of March.

The university has an average of 15,000 students per semester coming from all over the province, some as far as Luzon and Mindanao. As of the 1st semester of SY 2017-2018, the population is more or less 12,000 students in the main campuses.[11]


Pylon is the Official Yearbook of Negros Oriental State University System. Pylon consist of four (4) Departments: Creative Design & Photography Department, Creative Writing Department, Information, Equipment and Record Management Department and Multimedia & Information System Department.

Student Government[edit]

The student government of Negros Oriental State University, named Negros Oriental State University - Federation of Student Governments (NORSU-FSG), is composed of all the student governments of all NORSU system namely: a. Student Governments of Dumaguete City I b. Student Governments of Dumaguete City II c. Student Governments of Bayawan- Sta. Catalina Campus d. Student Governments of Siaton Campus e. Student Governments of Bais Campuses f. Student Governments of Guihulngan Campus g. Student Governments of Mabinay Campus h. Student Governments of Pamplona Campus

The NORSUnian Weekly Publication[edit]

The NORSUnian is the official Weekly student publication of Negros Oriental State University system. The NORSUnian is one of the three (3) acclaimed student publications in the Philippines which comes out weekly[citation needed] together with The Philippine Collegian of the University of the Philippines in Metro Manila, and The Weekly Sillimanian of Silliman University of Dumaguete City.

Hugyawan Festival[edit]

A major event of Negros Oriental State University is the Hugyawan Festival, a merrymaking activity highlighting the celebration of NORSU’s Foundation Day celebration featuring spectacular parade of colorful costumes, festivities, humorous gimmicks and merrymaking in the streets of Dumaguete City from different colleges and satellite campuses of NORSU[12] to showcase the unique way of life of the inhabitants of Negros Oriental, and at the same time, capture the customary response of the Negrenses towards Nature, Fate, and what God has given them, which is thanksgiving through celebration, merrymaking and revelry.[13][14]

Hugyawan, comes from the Cebuano term “hugyaw” or revelry, is a condensation of the phrase “hugot sa pagbayaw”, which literally translates to sincere tribute or heartfelt offering to God, country and culture and to ourselves. On the cultural front, “hugyaw” means “to make very loud noise using drums and other musical instruments or any other indigenous materials that would make varied types of noise” Making noise is done while dancing, jumping and parading on the streets. It is participated in by all the campuses of the NORSU System.[15][16][17][18]


Negros Oriental State University—ROTC is the only program offering the Air Force-ROTC, Naval-ROTC and Army-ROTC in the Philippines together with Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS) & Literacy Training Service (LTS) pursuant to Republic Act 9163 or otherwise known as " The National Service Training Program (NSTP) Act of 2001."[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Negros Oriental State University - Dumaguete - Philippines", Dumaguete Info: The Website of Gentle People. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  2. ^ "Oriental Negros: Pioneer in Quality Education Archived 2008-05-13 at the Wayback Machine", Oriental Negros Investment Promotion Center (ONe-IPC). Retrieved 2013-05-30.
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  4. ^ a b c d e History of Negros Oriental State University, History of Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) System, The Philippine Landmarks Today. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  5. ^ a b "R.A. No. 9299", Philippine Legal Materials Database. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  6. ^ Finally, NegOr bequeaths P816M NORSU property, The Official Website of the Province of Negros Oriental. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  7. ^ "NORSU to mark 8th Charter day", The Visayan Daily Star. Retrieved 2013-05-31.
  8. ^ "Courses Offered", Negros Oriental State University. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Negros Oriental State University", DEEP-ASEM Education Database. Database on Education Exchange Programmes (DEEP). Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  10. ^ "Colleges & Universities", Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  11. ^ "Student Population", Negros Oriental State University Official Website
  12. ^ "Hugyawan festival to feature ‘carnivals of the world'", Philippine Daily Inquirer, Retrieved 2013-06-01.
  13. ^ "HUGYAWAN DALANSAYAW", Department of Tourism, Retrieved 2013-06-01.
  14. ^ "Hugyawan Festival to feature ‘carnivals of the world’", The Visayan Daily Star. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
  15. ^ "The Most Celebrated Events in Negros Oriental", South Travels. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  16. ^ Rachelle Nessia, "Hugyawan festival to feature world’s carnivals", MetroPost, Retrieved 2013-06-01.
  17. ^ "NORSU to Celebrate Hugyawan Festival", Inside Negros. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
  18. ^ Rachelle Nessia, "Hugyawan Festival to feature ‘carnivals of the world’", Philippine Information Agency. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
  19. ^ Arellano Law Foundation, "REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9163", The LawPhil Project. Retrieved 2013-06-01.

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