The Republic of the Philippines is a scenic Pacific country that is presently an emerging economy that has established and shaped many institutions of higher education within its fold. This is evident in the fact that the annual budget allocates some of the biggest shares to the education sector every year. With a governmental push, the prospects of the progressive economy, and picturesque natural setting, the Philippines has much of what a student usually expects from higher education.
The 21st century witnessed the rise of many remarkable educational institutions in the Pacific region, and Filipino universities are among them. While there are thousands of universities in the country, a few of them cut the world-mark and are known to be among the best in the region. A few of those have already been mentioned in today’s listicle.
- University of the Philippines Diliman
A public university in Quezon City, the University of the Philippines Diliman is regarded as the country’s best. Holding the crown for being the largest constituent university in the country, there is a wide range of courses available here which are availed by thousands of students every year. Its colleges and schools include the College of Fine Arts, College of Law, Asian Centre, School of Labour and Industrial Relations, and School of Economics. It invests its resources in conducting critical research projects and works in collaboration with many research units. These include the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and the National Institute of Physics.
- Ateneo de Manila University
Another university based in Quezon City, Ateneo de Manila is a private institute with a strong focus on research. The academic structure of the university comprises many schools, from elementary level to professional level. Its schools include the Ateneo School of Law, the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, and the School of Humanities. In addition to this, the university runs and funds many research centers such as the Ateneo Centre for Asian Studies, Ateneo Centre for Economic Research and Development, Ateneo Centre for Organziation Research and Development, and Ateneo Centre for Social Policy. It is also a member of many networks such as the European Studies Consortium and Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia.
- De La Salle University
De La Salle University is a private, Catholic university that was founded in the year 1911. It initially started as an elementary school for boys but was later transformed into what it is today in the year 1931. One of the most sought-after universities in the country, it scores high in the assessment of the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED). There are 8 academic units in its organization including the College of Liberal Arts, School of Economics, College of Law, College of Science, and College of Business. Also, it has acquired memberships of many international networks such as the ASEAN University Network, Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning, and the South Manila Inter-Institutional Consortium.
- University of Santo Tomas
Properly called the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, the Catholic University of the Philippines, it is a Catholic university that was established way back in the early 17th century. Its academic organization essentially comprises many autonomous colleges, institutes, and schools all of which offer courses at three-tier levels. Courses such as those on Natural Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Humanities, can be found here. Its Faculty of Civil Law holds a distinctive place in the Philippine Legal Education System. To supplement efforts, there are many research units under its aegis such as the Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies, Center for Religious Studies and Ethics, and the Research Center for the Natural and Applied Sciences.
- Silliman University
Notable for being the first American Higher Education Institution in Asia, Silliman University was founded in the year 1901 and is presently one of the highest accredited educational institutions in the country. Presently, its fold comprises as many as 10 colleges, 3 institutes, and 5 schools, and all of these offer courses in a variety of fields such as Chemistry, Environmental Science, Philosophy, English, Social Work, and Architecture. Due to its high standard course structure and investment in qualitative pedagogy, it attracts students from more than 30 countries all over the world and is exceptionally popular in the Pacific region. Long-standing research ties have been forged with international universities such as the University of Washington and Texas Tech University.