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    • Bicol University is the premiere state university in Bicol region founded on June 21, 1969 through the passage of RA 5521. As an institution promoting Scholarship, Leadership, Character, and Service as it core values, BU has risen to SUC Level IV status.

      Reflecting its culture of excellence, BU is identified as Department of Education’s Teacher Training Center in the Region and the base agency for Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development and Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development.

      BU has 21 academic units:

      East Campus:

      1. Institute of Architecture
      2. College of Engineering
      3. College of Industrial Technology

      Main Campus:

      1. College of Science
      2. College of Arts and Letters
      3. College of Nursing
      4. College of Law
      5. Graduate School
      6. Institute of Physical Sports and Recreation
      7. Integrated Laboratory School
      8. Open University
      9. College of Education
      10. College of Medicine
      11. Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance and Development 
      12. College of Dental Medicine

      Daraga Campus:

      1. College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
      2. College of Business Economics and Management

      Guinobatan, Albay:

      1. College of Agriculture and Forestry

      Tabaco City, Albay

      1. Tabaco Campus

      Polangui, Albay

      1. Polangui Campus

      Gubat, Sorsogon

      1. Gubat Campus

      With 7 campuses scattered across the region, BU is home to top notchers in the fields of Accountancy, Engineering, Midwifery, Nursing, Social Work and Education.

      As a comprehensive university, it caters to the needs of the society in the following fields: 

      • Technology, Engineering, Architecture and Sciences
      • Arts and Letters, Culture, Recreation and Sports
      • Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
      • Business and Entrepreneurship
      • Health and Medicine
      • Social Sciences
      • Education

      BU Profile of Excellence

      • Center of Excellence in Teacher Education
      • Center of Development in Nursing Education
      • Center of Development in Fisheries Education
      • Center for Higher Education Research
      • One of the 22 Leading SUCs in the Philippines
      • SUC Level IV by the DBM Standards
      • 3rd Level Institutional Accreditation
      • One of the 20 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) included in the British Council-CHED-University of Liverpool Trans- National Education Program
      • One of the 20 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) participating in CHED’s Program on Fostering World-Class Education
      • Base Agency for Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD)
      • Base Agency for Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resource Research and Development (BCAARRD)
      • No. of AACCUP Accredited Programs: Level I – 20 Level III – 32 Level II – 27 Level IV (Qualified) – 3
    • Lyrics and Music by: Bobbie A. Garcia

      This is a school we wish to sing of
      a school to honor and revere
      a temple built by men of firmness
      a mould for youth who walk with pride
      for thee we’ll always be united
      although we tread on distant lands
      we all shall cherish what you’ve taught us
      that you wholeheartedly gave forth

      Bicol University
      burning torch of wisdom
      fount’ of courage hope and love
      seat of truth and light

      Bicol University
      burning torch of wisdom
      fount’ of courage hope and love
      seat of truth and light

    • The QS Star Rating System

      Core Criteria

      Academic Development

      Specialist Criteria


      Learning Environment

      Program Strength

      Advanced Criteria

      Arts & Culture
      Social Responsibility


      Fostering World-Class Philippine Universities is a CHED-initiated project that aims to ramp up the internationalization initiatives of public universities. It seeks to further drive positively and incentivize the good practices, thrusts, and programs on internationalization that delivers on fulfilling sustainable goals not just on education, but the 17 other goals stated in SDG 2030.

      Bicol University has been identified to participate in the Fostering World Class Philippine Universities Project by the Commission on Higher Education and is a recipient of financial support to undertake the project given the project’s relevance to CHED’s internationalization thrust to develop and sustain Internationalization Programs of HEIs per CMO 55 s. 2016, Policy Framework and Strategies on the Internationalization of Philippine Higher Education.  This project will assist Bicol University to showcase its excellence to the world by associating with an internationally recognized brand (QS Star Rating System) for quality international universities by promoting its internationalization initiatives and increasing its global reputation. The variables of the international brand would have the following metrics:

      • Core Criteria (Teaching, Employability, Internationalization, Research, or Academic Development)
      • Learning Environment (Facilities or Online learning)
      • Specialist Criteria (Subject Ranking or Program Strength)
      • Advanced Criteria (Arts & Culture, Innovation, Social Responsibility, Inclusiveness)

      Bicol University

      The Bicol University is SUC Level IV by DBM Standards. It is the 16th biggest among SUCs in terms of enrollment, 5th in terms of the number of graduates, and 6th in GAA budget in the country today. It is adjudged as one of the 22 leading SUCs in the Philippines. Bicol University is also ISO 9001:2015 certified and is CHED’s Center of Excellence in Teacher Education, the Center of Development for Fisheries Education, and Nursing Education. Its College of Education is the base agency for the Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD) and the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture Resources Research and Development (BCARRD). Most of its programs are AACCUP accredited. BU has been identified by CHED as one of the 10 leading HEIs in the country and is a recipient of the CHED-British Council TNE grant. It has an existing partnership with Liverpool University in London and offers a dual degree program an MSc in Sustainable Food Systems (BU) and MSc in Advanced Biological Science (UoL). BU has active partnerships with universities, particularly in Asia. Through the years, it has maintained its culture of academic excellence and is home to board topnotchers and placers.

      As a University, BU has embraced internationalization and has adopted strategies to improve the quality of education that would translate into the development of a competitive human resource capital, has revitalized research undertakings by upgrading research facilities and putting up more research centers to stimulate innovation and technological advancement.

      But despite being the lead university in the Bicol Region, BU still needs to enhance its reputation in the global community as a center of higher education specifically in the following identified programs: Nursing Education, Accountancy, Social Work, Entrepreneurship, Fisheries Education, Sustainable Food Systems, and in the English Language.

       In terms of internationalization, while BU has a functional International Relations Office manned by a qualified Director, the University, based on the results of a self-rating using the QS Stars criteria, very much wants an international presence. Based on the enrollment data, it does not attract international students and faculty members. It likewise, has very few international collaborations with other HEIs along research that would yield publications in SCOPUS.

      The QS Star Rating System

      The QS Stars university rating system is a way to assess institutions more broadly than is possible through rankings alone. With a Stars rating given in eight categories and for the institution’s overall performance, QS Stars allows universities to publicly highlight their areas of strength, and recognize and improve upon areas of weakness. This evidence-based marketing tool provides badges for each rating that the institution may use in its marketing to help attract students. Institutions should use the chart below to choose between alternate categories, with Teaching, Employability, and Internationalization required for all assessments.

      QS Stars is a new initiative that works as an auditing tool for Higher Educational Institutions. QS will evaluate Bicol University, the data will be collected by QS and evaluated against four (4) major categories: Core Criteria Categories, Learning Environment Categories, Specialist Criteria Categories, and Advanced Criteria Categories.    The principal objective of this project is to provide universities with an opportunity to highlight their excellence, specialization, strengths, and output to a wide audience. QS will provide a report of the evaluation, namely The QS Stars Development Roadmap, indicating the institution’s overall result and performance within the audit as well as highlighting key strengths and key areas for improvement.

      Objectives of QS Star university rating

      The University intends to accomplish in the next 5 years, the following objectives as a result of its participation in the CHED project:

      1. Improve its academic reputation in the global community through an enhanced web page to promote its flagship programs to attract international students;
      2. Engage in international research collaboration with Universities that will yield publications in Scopus and at the same time attract foreign faculty members and researchers to handle classes in the University;
      3. Improve the University’s performance along the different criteria used in the QS Stars and thus, boost its global presence through its webpage and QS Stars rating.


      The following outcomes are expected:

      1. Improved academic reputation in the global community;
      2. Increased web presence;
      3. Increase in international students;
      4. More international research collaborations which will yield publications in Scopus and attract foreign faculty lectures;
      5. Increase in citations, and
      6. Use the results of the audit to help the University improve its performance.

    • BU’s strategic options to achieve its vision:

      • Promoting a Responsive and Efficient Academic Governance
        Organizational re-structuring, rationalization of personnel assignment, strengthening administrative process, and, innovative mechanism to enhance efficiency of services.
      • Enhancing the Resource Endowment of the University
        Consolidation of land resources and secure legal ownership, establishment of S & T Hub and commercialization center; partnership with private sector in developing business potential of land assets; enhancing partnership with alumni; fund endowment and research contracts from public/private sector.
      • Offering Market-Driven and Relevant Academic Program
        Offering of programs responsive to market needs, ASEAN Intergration, and K-12; adoption of alternative learning systems (e.g. OL/DE, ETEEAP, MOOCS, & LMS); accreditation of remaining academic programs; adoption of outcome based education; and establishment of additional COEs/CODs.
      • Strengthening the Foundation for Research, Development, and Extension
        Creation of additional R & D Centers with TG and TD functions; Enrolling BU with scientific career system of DOST; commercialization of research outputs in partnership with private sector; implementation of community development program using home-grown mature technologies; and RD & E policy enhancements and reforms.
      • Developing a Critical Mass of Top Students and Outstanding Faculty
        Provision of scholarship to highly qualified students; other financial support for poor but deserving students; admission of qualified foreign students in BS/undergraduate; support for cutting edge research of students; sandwich program with other top universities in the world; hiring of highly qualified graduates from top HEIs; scholarship for professional and career enhancement of faculty in top HEIs; support for scholarly/IP work of faculty members; faculty exchange program; and adopt “balik –  siyentista” program of CHED and DOST.
      • Upgrading/Modernizing Physical/Infrastructure Facilities
        Improving academic support for students and faculty; enhancing IT capability making BU a wi-fi zone area; improving teaching – learning and research facilities; build/upgrade facilities for students; and construction of climate – proof, and disaster resilient infrastructure facilities.

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        • BUeños return after 10-day Summer School Programs in VIVES UAS, Belgium

          July 11, 2024
        • IPESR partakes in 2024 National Folk Dance workshop

          July 11, 2024
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          June 10, 2024
        • BU receives token for supporting NCAF 2024 during PASUC Executive Board Meeting

          June 5, 2024

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