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Cebu Normal University is a state research university in the Philippines.[1] CNU is designated by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as Center of Excellence (COE) in both Nursing Education and Teacher Education.[2][3]

Cebu Normal University
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Former name
Cebu Normal School (CNS)
Cebu Normal College (CNC)
Cebu State College (CSC)
MottoQuality with Integrity
TypeState university
PresidentDr. Filomena T. Dayagbil
  • Vice President for Administration:
    Atty. Dominiciana J. Bandala
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs:
    Dr. Daisy R. Palompon
  • Vice President for Research, Extension and Publication:
    Dr. Angeline M. Pogoy
  • College of Teacher Education:
    Dr. Ethel D. Abao
  • College of Arts and Sciences:
    Dr. Milagros M. Greif
  • College of Nursing:
    Dr. Jezyl C. Cuamora
  • Student Affairs:
    Dr. Gwendelina A. Villarante
  • CNU Medellin Campus Director:
    Dr. Joseph Sol S. Galleon
  • CNU Balamban Campus Director:
    Dr. Levi T. Atibula
Address, ,
ColorsCrimson and Gold         
Affiliations AACCUP , ISO 9001:2015, SCUAA-7
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Early historyEdit

The CNU was established in 1902 by virtue of Act No. 74 of the Philippine Commission as a summer institute of the Philippine Normal University (PNS, then a normal school). It was then called as "Cebu Normal School" and was located on Colon Street.

In 1906, the school became an adjunct to the then Cebu Provincial High School (now Abellana National School). In 1924, the school became independent of PNS, obtained the normal school status and moved to its current site in Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City. In 1926, it produced its first batch of graduates as a new educational institution.

CNU during World War IIEdit

The CNU campus was used as headquarters of the Kempetai or Military Police of the Japanese Imperial Army during the second World War.[4] Because of this, the administration building basement have been rumored to have ghosts of those who were killed by the Japanese. In March 26, 1945, the Allied forces landed on Cansojong Beach in Talisay which begins the liberation of Cebu. The Americans made CNS their base.

Conversion into collegeEdit

In 1952, the two – year general curriculum adopted in 1946 was changed to the four – year Elementary Education Curriculum, which was later changed to Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE – Elementary Education) in 1954. This led CNS to become a tertiary institution. In 1959, BSE was changed into Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. The Graduate School was opened in 1960 and produced its first M.A. graduate in 1966 – Rosemary P. Gellor. The Liberal Arts department (now College of Arts and Sciences) was established in 1977 and the department of Nursing (now College of Nursing) was created in 1982.

The school was then renamed to "Cebu Normal College" in 1966, then to "Cebu State College" in 1976 in accordance to P.D. 944. The 1980s to the 1990s saw a rapid increase in the school’s population and new buildings. These structures now house the three colleges of the school: College of Teacher Education (CTE), College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), and the College of Nursing (CN), as well as the University Museum, the Integrated Laboratory School (ILS), the Graduate School (GS) and Balay Alumni.

University statusEdit

On June 27, 1998, the school (then called Cebu State College) attained university status and was named Cebu Normal University (CNU) under Republic Act No. 8688 signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos.

In 2005 and 2008, CNU had two opened extension campuses in Balamban and Medellin in Cebu respectively. The university is Region 7's Center of Teacher Development and in August 2009 it became Region 7's sole Center of Excellence in Nursing.[2][3]

In February 2011, The College of Nursing and The College of Teacher Education were awarded the Level 4 Accreditation by the AACCUP (The Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines), being the first programs in the country to have been awarded such honors.[5][6]

Centennial celebrationEdit

In June 13, 2011, CNU celebrated its 100th Centennial celebration, delayed by nine years. The National Historical Commission confirmed its creation in 1902 with Samuel MacClintock as the first principal which was not known by the previous university administration. A strict review of MacClintock’s annual report and upon the approval of the Malacañang Palace of the university logo, the administration was convinced that the university was indeed founded in 1902. [7]

Organization and administrationEdit


CNU is governed by a Board of Regents composed of the Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education, University President, Chairman of the Committee on Higher and Technical Education of the Senate, Chairman of the Committee on Higher and Technical Education of the House of Representatives, Regional Director of the National Economic and Development Authority, President of the Federation of Faculty Associations of the University, President of the Federation of Student Councils of the University, President of the Federation of Alumni Associations of the University and two representatives from the private and public sectors.[8] The Board of Regents is the highest decision-making body of the university and the regents appoints the University President, confer degrees upon successful candidates for graduation and performs other administrative functions.


CNU is headed by a university president, appointed by the Board of Regents. The president is assisted by three vice presidents— for Academic Affairs, Administration and Research, Extention and Publication.[9] The extension campuses are headed by a Campus Director appointed by the Board of Regents upon the recommendations of the University President. Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil is the current CNU President.

Academic course offeringsEdit

Undergraduate studiesEdit

College of Nursing[10]Edit

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

College of Teacher Education[11]Edit

  • Bachelor of Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Secondary Education major in:
    • English
    • Filipino
    • Math
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Values
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Special Needs Education
  • Bachelor of Technology and Livelihood Education
  • Bachelor of Physical Education
  • Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education
  • Ladderized Education Program
  • Diploma in Professional Education (1 year program for Non-Education graduates with four (4) year baccalaureate degree)
  • Diploma in Professional Education

College of Arts & Sciences[12]Edit

  • Bachelor of Arts major in Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts major in English-Language
  • Bachelor of Arts major in English-Literature
  • Bachelor of Arts major in Filipino
  • Bachelor of Arts major in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Arts major in Public Administration
  • Bachelor of Science major in Biology
  • Bachelor of Science major in Chemistry-Physics
  • Bachelor of Science major in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science major in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science major in Tourism Management

Balamban CampusEdit

  • Bachelor of Elementary Education Major in General Education
  • Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in English
  • Bachelor of Tourism Management

Medellin CampusEdit

  • Bachelor of Elementary Education Major in General Education
  • Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in English
  • Bachelor of Tourism Management
  • Certificate in Computer Programming and Servicing

Graduate studiesEdit

College of NursingEdit

College of Teacher EducationEdit

College of Arts & SciencesEdit


Cebu City (main)Edit

  • Balamban (extension)
  • Medellin (extension)

Research Institutes[13]Edit

  • Institute for Research in Innovative Instructional Delivery (IRIID)
  • Research Institute in Computational Mathematics and Physics (RICMP)
  • Research Institute for Ageing and Health (RIAH)
  • Research Institute for Public Governance (RIPG)
  • Research Institute for Tropical Biology and Pharmacological Biotechnology (RITBPB)

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Mandate | Cebu Normal University". Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  2. ^ a b "List of Centers of Excellence (COEs) and Centers of Development (CODs) as of May, 2016" (PDF).
  3. ^ a b "7 universities named centers of excellence, development". Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  4. ^ "History | Cebu Normal University". Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  5. ^ "Accredited Programs (All Years 1992-2017), Cebu Normal University" (PDF).
  6. ^ "About CNU | Cebu Normal University". Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  7. ^ "CNU celebrates 100 years". Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  8. ^ "CNU University Code Revised 2018" (PDF).
  9. ^ "Administrative Council | Cebu Normal University". Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  10. ^ "College of Nursing | Cebu Normal University". Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  11. ^ "College of Teacher Education | Cebu Normal University". Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  12. ^ "College of Arts & Sciences | Cebu Normal University". Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  13. ^ "CNU launches 5 new research institutes". Retrieved 2019-03-04.

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