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7th BU President

The Visionary Leader

Dr. Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya succeeded as the sixth BU President in 2007. During her tenure, BU became a nationally recognized state university as the first state university in the country to be awarded an ISO 9001:2008 (International Organization for Standardization) certification as an institution while maintaining SUC IV status.

       With her vision of “A University of Excellence characterized by scholarship engagement for the community towards sustainable development,” the university was receiving recognition as one of the top-performing schools in the country in the fields of social work, accountancy, nursing, midwifery, engineering, and education.

       In 2010, BU established an Intellectual Property Rights Unit, the first of its kind in the region. Moreover, the Commission on Higher Education identified BY as the CHED Zonal Research Center for
Education and Economics in the Bicol Region.

       The university also served as the host institution for the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture Resources Research and Development (BCARRD).

       Believing in the significant power of communication especially, in establishing a good public image of the university including appropriately documenting its various achievements, Dr. Luaraya, established an executive newsletter, aptly naming it The BUzzette. Along with these, the social media page and the BU website began to take shape under her supervision.

       On September 3, 2012, the BU Board of Regents approved the proposal to open the College of Medicine. A week later, a three-person team of the CHED’s Technical Panel for Health Professional Education, and Professional Regulation Commission visited BU and recommended that the medical school heed the worldwide call for transformative education to develop five-star physicians.

       In the same year, the Institute for Local Governance was renamed the BU Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Local Governance and BU began embracing international or borderless education by admitting its first foreign undergraduate Korean student in 2012.

       In June 2014, BUCM opened its doors to first-year students. The following year, BU inaugurated the BU Health Services building, which housed the first state-run medical school in Bicol.