Saint Mary's University (Philippines)

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Saint Mary's University
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Motto Sapienta a Deo
("Wisdom from God")
Type Private
Established 1928
President Rev. Fr. Renillo H. Sta. Ana, CICM
Location Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya
Colors White and Blue
Website http://www.smu.edu.ph/

Saint Mary’s University is a Roman Catholic institution owned by the Belgian missionary congregation CICM located in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya in the Philippines. It was designated as an International Center for the Study of Teaching and Learning Styles in 2004 by the International Center for the Study of Teaching and Learning Styles.

Saint Mary's University's core values are "Excellence, Innovation, Communion and Passion for Christ's Mission".

There are 9,288 students currently enrolled in the university. 1,133 of these are from the Grade School Department, 1080 from the High School, and 7075 from the college department.[1]

Founded by CICM priest Achilles de Gryse, the institution started as an elementary school (Saint Mary's Elementary School) in June 1928. In 1934, with Fr. Godfrey Lambrecht, the High School was opened and in 1947, the College Department, offering Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Arts and Junior Normal course, etc. Gradually, the course offerings expanded with Bachelor of Science in Commerce, (1951), Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, (1955) and the Graduate School, (1962). Through the years, many more Departments, Colleges/Schools were opened with more degrees and title course offerings.[2]

History[edit]

Saint Mary’s University traces its roots back to the initiative of Msgr. Constant Jurgens, CICM, then parish priest of Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya and one of the earliest CICM missionaries to arrive in the Philippines. Wanting to establish a Catholic school for the children in his parish, he purchased a lot and some materials for this purpose. However, Jurgens was recalled to Europe to become the Director of the Bishop Hammer Institution in the Netherlands. It was Achilles de Gryse, Jurgens' successor, who pursued his dream through. Thus, Saint Mary’s Elementary School was inaugurated in June 1928.[3][4]

In 1934, Saint Mary's High School was opened, with Fr. Godfrey Lambrecht as director and Sr. Margaretha Hermus as principal.[3]

The collegiate department, Saint Mary's College, opened in 1947 offering programs in Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Arts, and Junior Normal.[3][4]

Gradually, the course offerings expanded with Bachelor of Science in Commerce (1951), Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (1955), and the Graduate programs (1962).[3][4]

In 1967, the Belgian missionary congregation Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae took over the ownership and management of Saint Mary's College. The college’s physical expansion program started with the purchase and development of the campus by the Magat River in 1968. The college was transferred to its new site in 1969.[3][4]

Saint Mary’s College was granted university status under the presidency of Rev. Fr. John Van Bauwel, CICM, and became known as Saint Mary's University.[4]

Schools and Colleges[edit]

Saint Mary's University offers preschool education (Nursery, Kindergarten, Preparatory) and Grade School education, particularly in Saint Mary's University Grade School Department, formerly known as Saint Mary's University Elementary Department. It was established in 1928, bringing forth the initial matrix of the institution. The Grade School covers six year-levels (grades).

Saint Mary's University also offers regular junior high school and science high school education in its secondary department, Saint Mary's University High School-Science High School. The regular high school and science high school are housed in one campus, having one administration. They differ in curriculum.

The senior high school, tertiary level schools and colleges are housed in the university/college campus.

The School of Accountancy and Business (SAB), formerly College of Accountancy and Economics, established in 1999, offers the following courses: Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, Bachelor of Science in Accounting Technology, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (majors in Financial Management and Marketing Management), Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurial Management, Bachelor of Science in Office Administration, Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management and Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management. The school formerly offered BS in Economics and BS of Commerce, major in Economics, Bachelor of Science in Commerce with majors in Marketing, Management, Banking and Finance, and Entrepreneurship, Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Bachelor of Science in Hospitality/Tourism Management with majors in Hotel and Restaurant Management, and Travel and Tours. The Center for Entrepreneurial Development and Research is the extension and research arm of the School.

The School of Teacher Education and Humanities (STEH), founded in 1947 and designated as Center of Excellence in Teacher Education and Focus Institution for Project in Basic Education (PROBE) offers: Bachelor of Secondary Education (with majors in Biological Sciences; Physical Sciences; Mathematics; English; Filipino; Social Studies; Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH); and Religious and Values Education); Bachelor of Elementary Education with majors in Preschool Education and General Elementary Education; Bachelor of Arts with majors in: English, History, Religious Formation, Journalism, and Philosophy; Bachelor of Science in Mathematics; Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Guidance and Counseling (double degree program); Bachelor of Science in Criminology; Bachelor of Public Administration; Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. The former Institute of Science and Mathematics (ISM), which was designated Regional Science Teaching Center (RSTC) used to offered Bachelor of Science in General Science, and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. The Public Administration and Governance unit used to offer Bachelor of Science in Public Administration (with majors in Government Management, and Fiscal Management and Accounting), and double majors: Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and Legal Studies, and Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and Political Science,

The School of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology (SEAIT), offers Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Information Systems, and Bachelor of Library and Information Science. The school previously offered Bachelor and Associate programs in Geodetic Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics. The Information Technology Department, under former Dean Dr. Gertrude G. Danao, used to offer majors in Network Engineering, Computer Information System, and Software Technology.

The School of Health and Natural Sciences (SHaNS), formerly School of Health Sciences, offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor in Medical Laboratory Science, Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, Bachelor of Science in Biology, and Midwifery. The Center for Natural Sciences manages and operates the science laboratories and the Tissue Culture Laboratory.

The College of Law, established in 1996, offers Bachelor of Laws. It used to offer an Executive Program.

The School of Graduate Studies, that formally opened in 1962, offers the following courses: Master of Science in Accountancy; Master of Business Administration; Doctor of Philosophy in Commerce major in Management; Master of Arts in Education with majors in Educational Administration, Reading Education, Pedagogy, Religious Education, and Guidance and Counseling; Master of Arts in Physical Education; Doctor of Philosophy major in Educational Management; Master of Arts in Teaching with majors in: English, Secondary Biology, Secondary Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry; Master of Arts with majors in Language (English), Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics; Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education with majors in Biology, and Mathematics; Master of Public Administration; Doctor of Public Administration; Master of Science in Nursing with majors in Nursing Administration, Community Health Nursing (Primary Health Care), Adult Health Nursing (Medial-Surgical Nursing) and Maternal and Child Health Nursing; Master of Science in Management Engineering; Master in Engineering major in Civil Engineering; Master of Library and Information Science: Master in Information Technology; and Master of Developmental Arts and Design. The School used to offer the Innovative Master in Public Administration (Certificate in Modern Local Government, Certificate in Local Fiscal Administration and Economic Promotion, Diploma in Local Public Administration and Governance).

The Equivalency and Technical-Vocational Assessment Office (formerly the Center for Alternative and Continuing Education) is deputized by CHED to offer the following courses under the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (E.T.E.E.A.P.): Bachelor of Science in Office Administration, Bachelor of Elementary Education, Bachelor of Secondary Education, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. It also manages training and assessment for various TESDA NC qualifications. The Center used to offer Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.

Achievements and Recognitions[edit]

  • Designated as Regional Staff Development Center (RSDC) for Region 2 by the EDPITAF of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports (MECS), 1975
  • Designated by MECS as Applied Nutrition Program Training Center (ANP) for Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino and Ifugao, 1975
  • Assigned as Regional Science Training Center (RSTC) for Region 2 by the Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for the in-service training of Mathematics and Science Teachers, 1975
  • Provincial Coordinating Center for Nueva Vizcaya and Ifugao of the National Scientific Information Center of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
  • Selected by the Center for Educational Measurement (CEM) as the Guidance and Testing Center for Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, and Quirino
  • Chosen as One of the Five Most Outstanding Teacher Education Institutions in the Philippines for school year 1983 – 1984
  • Designated as One of the 24 National Catechetical Formation Centers in the country by the Catechists’ Foundation of the Philippines under the supervision of the CBCP, 1987
  • Designated by the Philippines' Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as Center of Excellence for Teacher Education on April 15, 1996
  • Designated by CHED and Educational Development Projects Implementing Task-Force Philippines-Australia Project in Basic Education (EDPITAF-PROBE) as Focus Teacher Education Institution on September 24, 1996
  • Designated by CHED as Sub-Center of Development for Business and Industry on February 25, 1997
  • Designated by CHED as Implementor of the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP), 1998
  • Designated by CHED as Center of Development - Category 2 (COD-2) for Civil Engineering Program on August 19, 1999
  • Accredited by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to accept foreign students on April 26, 2000
  • Granted Full Autonomy by CHED on August 21, 2001 (One among the 30 institutions nationwide) and re-affirmed on April 2016<CMO 20 s. 2016></ref>
  • Depository Library of the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, United Nations and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas for Northern Luzon
  • Accredited Microsoft Training Center, 2002
  • Accredited Level III for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in Liberal Arts, Business and Teacher Education, and Undergraduate Program in Civil Engineering by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU)
  • Designated as International Center for the Study of Teaching and Learning Styles, August 8, 2004
  • Ranked Superior in Teacher Education, Very Good in Business Education and Good in Public Service Administration in the Evaluation of Graduate Education in the Philippines (EGEP) by CHED, October 5, 2000[5]
  • Ranked 1st among the Top Performing Schools in the November 2011 Midwifery Licensure Examination; Ranked 3rd among the Top Performing Schools in the November 2010 Midwifery Licensure Examination; Ranked 2nd among Top Performing Schools (with 10 - 29 examinees) in the November 2007 Midwifery Licensure Examination; Ranked 1st among the Top Performing Schools (with 10-29) examinees) in the November 2006 Midwifery Licensure Examination.
  • Best in Luzon, Best Implementer of the Drug Addiction, Prevention and Control Program, 2010.
  • Ranked 1st among the Top Performing Schools (with 20 – 49 examinees) in the September 2009 Criminologist Licensure Examination; Number 1 School of Criminology in the Philippines (Category C), October 2009.
  • Ranked 3rd among the Top Performing Schools (with 26 – 50 examinees) in the May 2009 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination.
  • Ranked 1st among the Top Performing Schools with (20 – 49 examinees) in the March 2008 Electronics Engineer Licensure Examination.
  • Ranked 10th among the Top Performing Schools (with more than 100 examinees) in the November 2008 Nursing Licensure Examination.
  • Microsoft HEDStart partner through the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance, 2008.
  • Designated by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as Center of Development for Information Technology Education, March 23, 2007.
  • Designated by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as CENTER FOR TOEFL, February 2007.
  • Ranked 5th among the Top Performing Schools (with 10 or more examinees) in the May 2006 Civil Engineering Licensure Examination.
  • Ranked 9th among the Top Performing Schools in the Philippines based on board exam passing rates for 2005 – 2009; Ranked 10th among the Top Nursing Schools in the Philippines based on board exam passing rates for 2000 – 2004.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ SMU Population for SY 2008-2009
  2. ^ SMU History
  3. ^ a b c d e Saint Mary's University Diamond Jubilee Souvenir Book. Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya: SMU Publication. 2003. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Saint Mary's University History". Saint Mary's University (Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya). 
  5. ^ SMU Awards and Achievements

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Coordinates: 16°29′03″N 121°09′23″E / 16.48417°N 121.15639°E / 16.48417; 121.15639