University of the Cordilleras

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University of the Cordilleras
Unibersidad ng Kordillera

Updated University of the Cordilleras Official Seal

Official Seal of the University of the Cordilleras
Former names
Baguio Colleges (1946-1967), Baguio Colleges Foundation (1967-2003)
Motto A Beacon of Higher Education Beaming from these Majestic Mountain Highlands...
Type Non-profit, Non-sectarian Private, University
Established June 19, 1946
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
Students 21,000 (estimated)
Location Philippines Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines
Hymn The UC-BCF Hymn by Dr. Rodolfo Cornejo
Colors War Green.JPG Forest Green
Nickname UC Jaguars (formerly BCF Shields)
Mascot Jaguars
UC Official Logo.png

The University of the Cordilleras is a private university in Baguio City, Philippines. The school is in the heart of the city, near Our Lady of Atonement Church (the Baguio Cathedral), hotels, restaurants, and shopping malls. It has Autonomous status and is an ISO certified university, formerly known as Baguio Colleges Foundation (BCF).


The Baguio Colleges
The Baguio Colleges Foundation

Baguio Colleges was founded on June 19, 1946 by Atty. Benjamin R. Salvosa and his wife Evangelina D. Salvosa. BC was the first higher learning institution in this highland city after World War II. This milestone inspired the creation of Baguio City as the education center of the north. The college started with 156 students in teacher training and liberal arts at rented spaces in the Arevalo and the Antipolo buildings along Session Road.

The founders converted the college into a foundation as Baguio Colleges Foundation in 1967, providing access to more students in the region and the whole country.

In 2003, the school became the University of the Cordilleras (UC), extending its services in three core areas — to teach, to research, and to give back. The university has grown to a complex of 10 colleges, collectively offering over 40 certificate, tertiary, graduate, and post-graduate programs, including a laboratory school for pre-school, grade school and high school, catering to around 21,000 students from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and other regions of the country and overseas.[1]

Present status[edit]

The University of the Cordilleras has over 21,000 students.

  • Granted the "Autonomous Status" by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Some of the programs offered by the university were accredited by CHED as Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development.
  • ISO 9001: 2008 Certified by TÜV Rheinland
  • A Teaching University: IQuAME Assessment & Certification
  • 3 Centers of Excellence: Information Technology, Teacher Education & Criminology
  • 2 Bar first placers
  • 226 Topnotchers across the board
  • Burnham Park Master Development Plan

Academic programs[edit]

Graduate school[edit]

Programs offered:[2]

  • Doctor of Philosophy: major in Educational Management; Business Administration; Management; Language Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology
  • Doctor in Information Technology
  • Master of Arts in Education: major in Biology; Educational Management; English; Filipino; Elementary Education; Pre-Elementary Education; Mathematics; Physical Education; Special Education; Social Studies
  • Master of Arts: major in Biology; English; English as a Second Language; Guidance & Counseling; Political Science; Psychology
  • Master in Education (non-thesis) for teachers and other professionals
  • Master in Business Administration (thesis and non-thesis)
  • Master in Development Management
  • Master in Computer Science
  • Master in Information Technology with fields of specialization in Web Technology; Networking Technology
  • MS in Criminal Justice with specialization in Criminology
  • MS in Civil Engineering


Programs offered:[3]

  • Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Laws


Programs offered:[4]

  • BS Accountancy
  • BS Accounting Technology
  • BS Financial Management Accounting
  • BS Forensic Accounting

Arts and Sciences[edit]

Programs offered:[5]

  • AB English
  • AB Political Science
  • BA Communication
  • BS Psychology
  • Bachelor of Public Administration

Business Administration[edit]

Programs offered:[6]

  • BS Business Administration: major in Business Economics & Research; Financial Management; Business Management; Marketing Management
  • BS Entrepreneurship
  • BS Office Administration
  • BS Real Estate Management
  • Associate in Computer Office Administration

Criminal Justice Education[edit]

Program offered:[7]

  • BS Criminology

Engineering and Architecture[edit]

Programs offered:[8]

  • BS Architecture
  • BS Civil Engineering
  • BS Environmental & Sanitary Engineering
  • BS Computer Engineering
  • BS Electronics Engineering

Hospitality and Tourism Management[edit]

Programs offered:[9]

  • BS Hospitality Management
  • BS Tourism Management

Information Technology and Computer Science[edit]

Programs offered:[10]

  • BS Computer Science: with fields of specialization in Mobile Technology, Digital Arts & Animation
  • BS Information Technology: with fields of specialization in Enterprise Resource Planning, Network & Security, Web Technology
  • BS Information Systems
  • Associate in Computer Technology


Programs offered:[11]

  • BS Nursing
  • Diploma in Midwifery leading to BS Midwifery

Teacher Education[edit]

Programs offered:[12]

  • Bachelor of Secondary Education: major in English; Filipino; Biology; Mathematics; Music, Arts, Physical Education & Health; Social Studies
  • Bachelor of Elementary Education: (General)
  • Bachelor of Elementary Education: major in Special Education, Pre-school Education
  • Bachelor of Physical Education: major in School PE, Sports and Wellness Management

Grade School and High School[edit]

In the 1970s, the school provided education to working and military personnel by opening an evening class. This provided more opportunities for those seeking to pursue secondary education.

The growing student populace and the need for more space led to the construction of the Campo Filipino Campus along Hamada Road. The building accommodated the high school and some college subjects. When the buildings at the Harrison campus were completed, the Grade and High School Departments became a Laboratory School for BSEd and BEEd students from the UC College of Teacher Education.[13]



University of the Cordilleras is an accredited member of national and international organizations:

  • Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU)
  • Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA)
  • Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL)
  • Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP)
  • Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU)
  • Baguio-Benguet Athletes League (BBEAL)[14]

Organizational Structure[edit]

Board of Trustees[15]

  • Chairman of the Board: Jesus Benjamin D. Salvosa, BA, MM
  • Vice Chairman: Ray Dean D. Salvosa, AB, MPh
  • Secretary: Elizabeth S. Salapong, BSC, MBA
  • Treasurer: Nellie Nayda S. Bowman, AA, AB, MFA, MA
  • Executive Trustee: John Andrew B. Salvosa, AB Multi-Media Arts
  • Ex Officio Member: Linda S. Sarda, AB, MSW, MA
  • Corporate Secretary: Atty. Renato S. Rondez, LIB

Executive Council[16]

  • President: Ray Dean D. Salvosa, AB, MPh
  • VP for Academic Affairs: Cleofas M. Basaen, BSPsych, MAEd, MAT, EdD
  • VP for Administration: Leonarda R. Aguinalde, JSC, BSSA, MBA, PhD, DBE
  • VP for Finance: Erlinda S. Alvaro, BSC
  • AVP for Management Information System: Nancy M. Flores, BSECE, MIM
  • Dean, Office of Student Affairs & Services: Aloysius C. Mapalo, BSCE, MSCE

Academic Council[17]

  • Dean, Graduate School & ETEEAP Coordinator: Cleofas M. Basaen, BSPsych, MAEd, MAT, EdD
  • Dean, College of Law: Reynaldo U. Agranzamendez, AB, LlB, LLM
  • OIC-Dean, College of Accountancy: Jasmin May P. Baniaga, BSA, MBA
  • Dean, College of Arts & Sciences: Miriam A. Janeo, BSBio, MAEd, PhD
  • Dean, College of Business Administration: Rhodora A. Ngolob, BSC, MBA, PhD
  • Dean, College of Criminal Justice Education: Ariel Nimo B. Pumecha, BSCrim, MSCrim, PhD
  • Dean, College of Engineering & Architecture: David C. Angiwan, BSCE, MSCE
  • Dean, College of Hospitality and Tourism Management: Laarni Lourdes B. Andam, BSHRA, MBA
  • Dean, College of Information Technology & Computer Science: Nancy M. Flores, BSECE, MIM
  • OIC-Dean, College of Nursing: Judith Odanee G. Magwilang, BSN, MAEd, MAN
  • Dean, College of Teacher Education: Caridad P. Pagaduan, BSEd, MAEd, EdD
  • Principal, Grade School & High School: Gladys S. Sibayan, BSEd, MM
  • Chief Librarian: Beverly B. Chapichap, BSEd - Library Science, MLIS
  • OIC, Research and Development Center & Coordinator, CGIS: Nathaniel Vincent A. Lubrica, BSCE, MAEHP
  • Associate Dean, College of Information Technology & Computer Science: Jeffrey S. Ingosan, BSCS, MCS

Administrative Council[18]

  • University Registrar: Ma. Teresa U. Bejar
  • School Accountant: Janice S. Sergio, BSA
  • Senior Legal Counsel: Renato S. Rondez, AB, LIB, LLM
  • In House Legal Counsel: Rojane M. Puruel, AB, LIB, LLM
  • OIC-Human Resource Development Office: Michael Alexander B. Salvosa, BSC, Diplomae de Cuisine et Patisserie
  • OIC-Director, Buildings and Maintenance: Ronald C. Seguin, BSCE
  • Head, Logistics Management Office & Purchasing Officer: Linden Branscome S. Bowman III, BSBA
  • Director, Facilities Management Office: Mariebel M. Ledesma, BSC, MAT, PhD
  • Director, Alumni & Community Affairs / OIC, Medical-Dental Clinic: Leonarda R. Aguinalde, JSC, BSSA, MBA, PhD, DBE
  • Quality Management Representative: Roland P. Malafu BSPsych, MAT
  • Executive Assistant to the Dean, College of Law: Rane D. Ramos, BSC, LlB
  • Group Commander, Security Office: Buenaventura R. Banayos, BSCrim

Notable alumni[edit]

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