Technological University of the Philippines: The Premier State University of Technology

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Technological University of the Philippines: The Premier State University of Technology


From its humble beginning as a trade school, the Technological University of the Philippines has indeed gone far to attain its present stature. Today, almost 103 years later, the TUP has grown many times over in terms of students, faculty and staff population including the offering of curricula ranging from a diverse technological and industrial education programs starting from the technical to the doctoral level of education.

With its myriad feats through the years, its trade school image has truly been transformed into a dynamic premier state university of technology.

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

Established in 1901, the Manila Trade School was born by virtue of Organic Act. No. 74 by the Philippine Commission for the purpose of developing the dignity of labor. In 1910, MTS was renamed as the Philippine School of Arts and Trades (PSAT). Forty-one years later, PSAT was granted the authority to offer a four-year degree course leading to Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education.This was the fi rst among schools of its kind.

PSAT was later converted into the Philippine College of Arts and Trades (PCAT) in June 1959 pursuant to Republic Act 2237 and started to offer graduate degree program in Industrial Education.On June 15, 1978, PCAT was later converted into the Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) by virtue of Presidential Decree (PD) 1518. A couple of years before that, the National Government under President Ferdinand E. Marcos, initiated a project through PD 6-A mandating for the creation of three prototype institute namely: the Manila Technician Institute (MTI) in Taguig; Visayas Technician Institute (VTI) in Negros Occidental; and the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology in Iligan City.

Upon the issuance of PD 1598, the concept of a National Polytechnic System with TUP as the apex has been raised. This concept led to the placement of the MTI and VTI under the administrationof TUP by virtue of a Letter of Implementation No. 79 by then President Marcos in 1979. In that same year, the TUP Board of Regents passed Resolution No. 1985, series of 1979 creating the Technological University of the Philippines-Cavite in Dasmarinas, Cavite to serve the CALABARZON area. In January 1985, the Board of regents passed Resolution No. 100 renaming MTI as the Technological University of the Philippines Taguig and the VTI as the Technological University of the Philippines-Visayas. The resolution, thus, formed a four-campus system for the Technological University of the Philippines (Manila, Cavite, Taguig and Visayas).

PRESENT TIMES

The TUP is one among the dynamic institutions of higher learning that offers technological and industrial education programs in the country whose mission is centered on the trifold functions of instruction, research and extension. As a university, TUP is tasked to provide higher and advanced vocational, industrial, technological and professional education in industries and technology and in practical arts leading to certifi cates, diplomas and degrees. It shall provide leadership in applied research and developmental studies in technical, industrial and production using indigenous materials. It shall also affect technology transfer in the countryside and assist in the development of small and medium scale industries in identifi ed growth centers.

Pursuant to its new vision as a premier university of technology and the model of excellence in technological and industrial education, the TUP, despite its limited budget and resources, has continuously strived to carry out development efforts and changes to keep up with the challenges of the times.

Being a premier university, TUP considers the students welfare and development as foremost in all its endeavors, to prepare them with a strong general education foundation, equipped with the proper values and desirable character to enable them to cope with the demands of their profession and to their social environment. …

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