Polytechnic University of the Philippines

Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Politeknikong Unibersidad ng Pilipinas
Seal of Polytechnic University of the Philippines.svg
Latin: Universitas Politechnica Philippinarum
Motto Tanglaw ng Bayan
Motto in English Torch of the Nation
Established October 19, 1904
Type State University, Public University
President Dante G. Guevarra, DPA
Vice-president Victoria C. Naval, DEM
Academic staff 1483[1]
Admin. staff 707[1]
Students Approx. 52,000[1]
Location Manila, Metro Manila,  Philippines
Campus Manila (flagship)
University Hymn Imno ng PUP (PUP Hymn)
Colors Maroon and Gold          
Nickname PUPian, Mighty Maroons
Mascot PUP Pylon, PUPoy
Website www.pup.edu.ph www.centennial.pup.edu.ph [1]
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Main Entrance of PUP Manila

The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (Filipino: Politeknikong Unibersidad ng Pilipinas) commonly known as PUP is a public research university in the Philippines. It was founded on October 19, 1904 as the Manila Business School, offering commerce-related courses.[1][2][3] The university offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in accountancy, engineering, political science, social science, business, arts, agriculture, media and communication and associate programs.

The main campus is located at Santa Mesa, Manila, along the Pasig River. The PUP Manila consists of three sub-campuses named Mabini, NDC and M.H. del Pilar. The house where Mabini died is now located in the campus of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. The simple nipa house retains the original furniture, and some of the books he wrote, and also contains souvenir items, while hosting the municipal library and reading facilities, hence, the main campus is named after Mabini.[1][4] Some campuses are located on the other side of the metropolis and the rest are located across the country. The Polytechnic University of the Philippines System is among the state universities in the Philippines with the lowest tuition.[5]


Centennial Anniversary

In October 2004, PUP celebrated its 100th year anniversary. The theme of the centennial celebration was "PUP: Kabalikat ng Pamahalaan sa Pag-angat ng Antas ng Kabuhayan ng Mamamayan." As part of the celebration, and to highlight the signing of the Declaration of Peace to be put before the United Nations, the PUP System attempted to break the record for the World's Largest Human Rainbow, held by 11,750 individuals assembled in Floriana, Malta. On September 18, 2004, at the Luneta Grandstand, Manila, PUP succeeded in forming a human rainbow with approximately 30,000 faculty members, students, alumni and staff, breaking the record.[5]



Board of Regents
PUP policy is set by the Board of Regents. Daily transactions and decisions are performed by an appointed president who is assisted by five vice-presidents for academic affairs, student services, administration, research and development, and finance.[1] Dante G. Guevarra is the president of the university. As of 2008, there are 16 members comprising the regents of the PUP and there are seven university officials, namely:[6]

Name Position
Dante Guevarra, DPA President
Victoria Naval, DEM Executive Vice President
Samuel Salvador, EdD Vice President for Academic Affairs
Pastor Malaborbor, PhD Vice President for Research and Development
Atty. Augustus Cezar Vice President for Administration
Dr. Juan C. Birion Vice President for Student Services
Marissa Legaspi, CPA Vice President for Finance

Students come from the urban and rural areas of the Philippines, as well as from countries such as Korea, China, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana.[1]


The PUP System is composed of 19 campuses, branches and extension campuses throughout the country, with the flagship campus at PUP Manila located in Santa Mesa, Manila.[1]

Santa Mesa (Main) Campus

A. Mabini

This is the main campus of the University located in Sta. Mesa, Manila. Here you can find the offices of the University Executive Officials, the Ninoy Aquino Library and Learning Resources Center, the PUP Pylon, PUP Gym and open courts, PUP Grandstand and Oval, the Obelisk, Nemesio E. Prudente Freedom Park, A. Mabini Shrine, Lagoon, Laboratory High School, Interfaith Chapel, Charlie del Rosario Student Development Center, the Amphitheater, PUP ICT Center and various academic program offices.[7]

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1. Amphitheater 11. Interfaith Chapel 21. Ninoy Aquino Library and Learning Resources Center 31. PUP Mural and the Shrine of Heroism
2. Banda Kawayan, Sining Lahi Headquarters 12. Laboratory High School 22. Open Court 32. PUP Obelisk (and the Mabini Monument)
3. Building and Grounds Maintenance Office 13. Lagoon 23. Open University / Nontraditional Studies Program 33. PUP Property Building and Motorpool
4. Catwalk 14. Main Building - Dome 24. Oval Open Field 34. PUP Pylon
5. Centennial Monument 15. Main Building - East Wing 25. P.E. Building 35. Sampaguita Building
6. Charlie del Rosario Student Development Center 16. Main Building - North Wing 26. Pasig River 36. Student Pavilion
7. East Gate 17. Main Building - South Wing 27. Pasig River Ferry (Sta. Mesa Station) 37. Swimming Pool
8. Flag Pole 18. Main Building - West Wing 28. Proposed Access Road 38. Tennis Open Court
9. Grandstand 19. Main Gate 29. Public Restroom 39. Water Tank
10. Gymnasium 20. Nemesio E. Prudente Freedom Park 30. 40. West Gate

NDC Compound

Also located in Sta. Mesa, Manila (near the Mabini Campus), it is the site of the College of Architecture and Fine Arts, College of Engineering, College of Communications, and the PUP MassCom Theater.[7]

The PUP College of Technology (formerly the Technopreneurial School) was transferred from S.H. Loyola, Sta. Cruz, Manila to this campus.

M.H. Del Pilar

One of three campuses in Sta. Mesa, Manila, which houses the PUP Graduate School, Hasmin Hostel, the College of Nutrition and Food Science, and the College of Tourism and Hotel and Restaurant Management.[7]

Metro Manila Campuses

Campus/Branch/Extension Common Name Founded[8] Location Status
Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Taguig PUP Taguig 1967 Bicutan, Taguig City Campus
Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Quezon City PUP QC, formerly called Commonwealth Campus 1997 Quezon City, Metro Manila Satellite campus
Polytechnic University of the Philippines, San Juan City PUP SJ 2008 San Juan City, Metro Manila Satellite campus

Northern/Central Luzon Campuses

Campus/Branch/Extension Common Name Founded[8] Location Status
Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Bataan PUP Bataan/BEPZ 1975 Mariveles, Bataan Branch
Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Santa Maria PUP SMB/PUP Esyomba 2005 Santa Maria, Bulacan Province Extension
Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Pulilan PUP Pulilan * Pulilan, Bulacan Extension
Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Cabiao PUP Cabiao * Cabiao, Nueva Ecija Satellite Campus

Southern Luzon Campuses

Campus/Branch/Extension Common Name Founded[8] Location Status
Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Lopez PUP LQ 1979 Lopez, Quezon Branch
Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Mulanay PUP MQ 1991 Mulanay, Quezon Extension
Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Unisan PUP UQ 1987 Unisan, Quezon Extension
Polytechnic University of the Philippines, General Luna PUP GLQ 2009 General Luna, Quezon Extension
Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Ragay PUP Ragay 2001 Ragay, Camarines Sur Extension
Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Santo Tomas PUP-STBC 1992 Santo Tomas, Batangas Campus
Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Maragondon PUP MC 1987 Maragondon, Cavite Province Campus
Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Bansud PUP Bansud * Bansud, Oriental Mindoro Campus
Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Biñan PUP Biñan 2010 Biñan City, Laguna Extension
Polytechnic University of the Philippines, San Pedro PUP SPC 2002 San Pedro, Laguna Extension
Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Santa Rosa PUP SRC 2003 Santa Rosa City, Laguna Campus
Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Calauan PUP Calauan * Calauan, Laguna Satellite Campus
Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sablayan PUP Sablayan 2010 Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro Campus

PUP Laboratory High School

PUP also has a laboratory high school situated in the main campus in Manila inside A. Mabini which is located at Santa Mesa, Manila, along the Pasig River. Founded in 1955 as the Philippine College of Commerce Laboratory High School.


The Pylon
The PUP-Antique House (main building of the former Philippine College of Commerce) along Pureza St., NDC Campus
The CEA Building at NDC Campus housing the College of Engineering and the College of Architecture and Fine Arts
The PUP-Hasmin Hostel at M.H. Del Pilar Campus
The College of Technology Building at NDC Campus along Pureza St.


The academic units of the University are called colleges or institutes. These units offer undergraduate degrees and/or postgraduate diplomas on their specific fields of specialization. Aside from the colleges, the University maintains a separate Graduate School which offers graduate degrees. The Graduate School is a multidisciplinary institution. The oldest college of the PUP is the College of Education which is the predecessor of all the degree-granting units. An institute is a smaller unit, although it has the same footing as a full-fledged college. When an institute gained enough student number and academic programs, the Board of Regents will decide if they will elevate it into a college. The last institute of PUP was the Institute of Cooperatives, which was converted as the College of Cooperatives in 2006.

The Colleges and the Graduate School are headed by their respective deans, who is appointed by the Board of Regents of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. The dean acts as the head of the faculty of his college and assumes administrative works assigned by the Board. The dean has tenure of three years, which, may be extended up to two terms upon reappointment. The University’s 18 degree granting units are the following, together with their further academic departments:

College of Accountancy

  • Higher Accounting
  • Basic Accounting

College of Architecture and Fine Arts

  • Architecture
  • Interior designe

College of Arts

  • Sociology
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Library and Information Science

College of Business

  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • Office Administration

College of Communication

  • Broadcast Communication
  • Communication Research
  • Journalism

College of Cooperatives

College of Computer Management and Information Technology

  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology

College of Economics, Finance, and Politics

  • Banking and Finance
  • Political Science and Public Administration
  • Economics
  • Political Economy

College of Education

  • Business Teacher Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education

College of Engineering

  • Industrial Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Sciences

College of Human Kinetics

  • Professional Program
  • Service Physical Education
  • Sports

College of Languages and Linguistics

  • English and Foreign Languages
  • Filipinology

College of Law

  • Law

College of Nutrition and Food Science

  • Food Technology
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

College of Science

  • Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry

College of Technology

  • Computer Engineering Management Technology
  • Electrical Engineering Management Technology
  • Electronics Communications Engineering Management Technology
  • Food Processing Management Technology
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management Technology
  • Information Communication Management Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Management Technology
  • Office Management Technology
  • Tourism Management Technology

College of Tourism, Hotel and Restaurant Management

  • Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Tourism and Transportation Management

Graduate School

Open University (or Non-traditional Studies Program)


QS rankings

Asian University Rankings 2011[9] 201st+

The University was ranked by the Commission on Higher Education and the Professional Regulation Commission as one of the top 20 higher learning institutions in the Philippines. The 2007 study ranked the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in the 15th place.[10]

Internationally, the University participated and was ranked in the 2009 QS Asian University Rankings, together with 15 other Philippine universities. It was ranked 345th in Asia, based on International Students' Review in the Times Higher Education Supplement World University Rankings.[11]

The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, which rank universities according to web presence, visibility, and access, includes PUP in their list of top 8,000 universities, out of 20,000 institutions.[12]


The Office of the Vice President for Research, Development and Extension (OVPRDE) is responsible of the research undertakings of the University. It oversees the implementation of the research thrusts as defined by the Commission on Higher Education. OVPRDE considers research as a vital component of the University's functions; if properly nurtured, it will contribute to the development of science and technology, social sciences, culture, new knowledge and the environment.

The University currently has nine (9) research centers. The Publication Office is responsible for the publication of academic journals. Below is a listing of PUP's research centers.

  • Center for Data and Statistical Analysis
  • Center for Entrepreneurial Development
  • Center for Global Warming Studies
  • Center for Human Development
  • Information and Communications Technology Center
  • Institutional Planning Office
  • Research Management Office
  • Science and Technology Research and Development Center
  • Center for Training and Development


University Seal

The official seal of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines

The Seal of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines is an official scheme used by the university in official documents and official publications.

The star in the logo stands for the perfection of the human person as well as the search for truth, while the five concentric circles depict infinite wisdom.

Both the five-pointed star and the five concentric circles stand for quintessence, meaning the highest form of quality or the most perfect example of creation.

The star is golden yellow not only because this is a star’s natural color but also because, together with the dark maroon used as background, it is the traditional color of the University.

The five concentric circles are white because it symbolizes purity.[13]

The Mural

In 1974, the sculpture (cut and welded brass mural relief, 2.5 x 9.3 meters) was built by national artist Eduardo Castrillo. The theme of the artwork is Consolidated Growth through Education - the role of PUP in the educational development of the youth in preparation for their involvement in nation building. The mural illustrates the social, economic, industrial, technological, and cultural aspect of life with which man blends himself to develop an environment necessary to the progress of the nation.

The mural is located at the main gate of the University Mabini Campus. The brass sculpture depicts the purposeful growth of the Filipino youth. It also signifies the role and responsibility of the youth in the progress and development of the nation, which the University recognizes. As an institution dutifully concerned in shaping the lives of the youth, the University pays tribute to the hope and builder of the world tomorrow through this artistic interpretation.[13]

The Pylon

The Pylon originally stood for the true, the good and the beautiful.

The Triad of pillars may also stand for wisdom, strength and beauty because there should be wisdom to contrive, strength to support and beauty to adorn any great or important undertaking.

Since 1987, however, the Pylon came to symbolized truth, excellence and wisdom.[13]

The Obelisk

See also PUP Pylon

The Obelisk, standing majestic on its base, depicts the strength of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines as an institution of higher learning, promoting educational and moral aims which are fortified by a determined leadership with a clear vision for the Filipino youth and an efficient support system inspired by the virtues of public service.

With a long-standing reputation as a vanguard of truth and social justice, PUP also pays homage to the Great Conscience and Brain of the Philippine Revolution, Apolinario Mabini who reflects everything the University upholds especially its mission of public enlightenment.

On top is the University Star Logo , symbol of PUP’s image as the Light of the Nation. It stands for the perfection of the human person and the search for truth. Its five concentric circles represent infinite wisdom and each point of the star signifies integrity, ingenuity, industry, intelligence and internationalism – the core values of PUP as a Total University.

Dedicated to the future, the obelisk stands here and now as an emblem of strength and greatness that only time can change.[13]

The Transformation

This masterpiece is built by designer and architect Lor Calma in the year 2000. It depicts the dynamic transformation of the University as it embraces the power of Information and Communications Technology.

The sculpture is located at the main lobby of the Ninoy Aquino Learning Resources Center, near the PUP ICT Center.

With the artwork is an inscription that says: "This sculpture is dedicated to the students, faculty, academic and administrative personnel, and the management of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines for their excellence, innovativeness, and unrelenting pursuit of the highest ideals of academic standards in the field of Information and Communication Technology under the leadership and inspiration of Dr. Ofelia M. Carague."[13]

The Centenary Insignia

The Centenary Logo is an emblem of a noble and glorious past, a living testimony to the University population’s adherence to the beautiful traits of loyalty, integrity, love of peace, commitment to service, and undying love of and devotion to God - essential attributes in the pursuit of academic excellence and progress in a span of one hundred years (1904-2004).

Standing for the wheel of life is the circle which moves incessantly to give life to all members of the academic community - the administrators, the professoriate, the non-academic personnel, and the studentry - walking hand in hand, regardless of status in life, looking forward to a resplendent life-giving future. As it is, the wheel of life converges with Information and Communications Technology.

The laurel leaves inside the circle embody good health, peace, harmony, and prosperity within the ambit of PUP and the global village where the inhabitants meet as they communicate the same ideals, ideas, and aspirations.

Within the centenary logo is the PUP logo which speaks eloquently of PUP’s vital role in molding minds, enriching souls, and giving firmer grounds to stand on.

From the circle emanate three big arrows which stand for the rapid growth of high-tech education in all levels. The University is now cited as the Center of Development in different disciplines, especially Information and Communications Technology.

From the Philippine Flag spring red and blue bands - a symbol of the PUP community’s respect for nationalism and Filipinism, strengthened by the PUPians’ role in nation-building, courageous outlook, tenacity and contribution to economic progress.

The rising sun emerges through the yellow color imbibing the vision, mission, and goals of PUP and its endless search for truth, excellence, quality, compassion, efficiency and effectiveness as it tackles the functions of a University - instruction, research, extension, and production.

Ten small arrows spring from the circle to herald the University’s concern for people from all walks of life, through the service and commitment in seven branches and three campuses throughout the nation.[13]

Organizations and publications


  • The PUP has obtained recognition as a Center for Development in the field of Information Technology from the Commission on Higher Education.[14]
  • Named as the Virtual Center for Technology Innovation by the Department of Science and Technology.[citation needed]
  • The university was deemed the First Cyber University IT Park in the Philippines by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority.[citation needed]
  • It was recognized as a Center for the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program, which allows the PUP to confer degrees on many professionals who have yet to obtain their baccalaureate degrees after enrolling in a non-traditional structure course of learning.[citation needed]
  • President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo proclaimed PUP as Philippine National Comprehensive University in 2004, during the university's centennial.[citation needed]

Image gallery

External links


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h About the University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines System Website. Accessed September 24, 2008.
  2. ^ History of the University History of Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Accessed September 24, 2008.
  3. ^ Reviewing PUP Year of PUP's Establishment. Accessed September 24, 2008.
  4. ^ Ocampo, Ambeth (August 23, 2008), "Looking Back: The house where Mabini died", Philippine Daily Inquirer., http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/columns/view/20080723-150089/The-house-where-Mabini-died 
  5. ^ a b Mamanglu, Shianee (September 19, 2004), "Students Form World's Largest Human Rainbow", Manila Bulletin. 
  6. ^ Officials of PUP Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Board of Regents. Accessed 2008
  7. ^ a b c Profile of the Campuses PUP's Campuses, Branches and Extensions. Accessed September 24, 2008.
  8. ^ a b c Profile of the Campuses PUP's Campuses, Branches and Extensions. Accessed September 24, 2008.
  9. ^ "Asian University Rankings 2011 - Top 200". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2011. http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/asian-university-rankings/2011?page=2. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  10. ^ "UP is No.1 based on PRC exams". UP Newsletter, Vol. XXVIII, No. 09. September 01, 2007. Retrieved 2009-05-26: "UP Diliman (UPD), UP Los Baños (UPLB), and UP Manila (UPM) are the three top schools in the Philippines, according to a study conducted by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Commission on Higher Education. Based on a survey of the average passing rates in all courses of all universities and colleges in the Board examinations, the three emerged as numbers one, two, and three, among the top 20 schools. The study is conducted every ten years. Silliman is fourth; Ateneo de Davao, fifth; Ateneo de Manila, sixth; UST, seventh; Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), eighth; Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, ninth; Saint Louis University (SLU), tenth. Rounding up the top 20 are the University of San Carlos, Xavier University, MSU-Main, Urios College, PUP, DLSU, Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT), Adamson University (AdU), Central Mindanao University, and the University of Southern Philippines."
  11. ^ "QS Asian University Rankings: International Student Review". QS Quacquarelli Symonds. Retrieved 2010-06-08.
  12. ^ http://www.webometrics.info/rank_by_country.asp?country=ph
  13. ^ a b c d e f PUP Logo and Symbols, Polytechnic University of the Philippines Website. Accessed July 24, 2011
  14. ^ "Polytechnic University of the Philippines celebrates its 100th Anniversary at the historic Manila Hotel". Manila Bulletin. Manila Bulletin Websites and Publications. http://www.mb.com.ph/node/182715. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 

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