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Central Mindanao University is a research state university located in the heart of Mindanao Island, province of Bukidnon, Philippines. Founded in 1910, it is one of the oldest premier universities in the southern Philippines. CMU is recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (Philippines) as the Center of Excellence (COE) in the field of Agriculture, Forestry, Veterinary Medicine and Biology; and Center of Development (COD) in Mathematics, Environmental Science and Teacher Education.[1] In 2017, CMU became the first higher education institution in Mindanao to be awarded with Institutional Accreditation (Level II) by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP).[2]

Central Mindanao University
Central Mindanao University logo.png
CMU Seal
Former names
Mailag Industrial School (1910–1918)
Bukidnon Agricultural School (1918–1923)
Bukidnon Rural High School (1923–1928)
Bukidnon Agricultural High School (1928–1938)
Bukidnon National Agricultural School (1938–1952)
Mindanao Agricultural College (1952–1965)
MottoThe Academic Paradise of the South; Top Agricultural University in Mindanao
TypeState university
AffiliationPASUC, MASCUF, Accrediting Agency for Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines, Asian Association of Agricultural Colleges and Universities
PresidentDr. Jesus Antonio G. Derije
Vice-presidentDr. Judith D. Intong (VP for Academic Affairs)
Dr. Ricardo G. Villar (VP for Administration)
Dr. Luzviminda T. Simborio (VP for Research, Development and Extension)
Dr. Jupiter V. Casas (VP for University Income Generation Program)
DeanDr. Carolina D. Amper (Agriculture)
Dr. Rolito G. Eballe (Arts and Sciences)
Dr. Teresita F. Pepito (Business and Management)
Dr. Raul C. Orongan (Education)
Dr. Constancio M. Verula, Jr. (Engineering)
Dr. Rico A. Marin (Forestry and Environmental Science)
Dr. Queenie Ann L. Curayag (Human Ecology)
Prof. Vivien Pilar V. Domagsang (Nursing)
Dr. Alan P. Dargantes (Veterinary Medicine)
Academic staff
Administrative staff
University Town, Musuan, Dologon, Maramag
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7°51′53″N 125°3′3″E / 7.86472°N 125.05083°E / 7.86472; 125.05083Coordinates: 7°51′53″N 125°3′3″E / 7.86472°N 125.05083°E / 7.86472; 125.05083
Colors     Forest Green      Maize Yellow
NicknameCMU Bulls



Section 2 of Republic Act No. 4498 mandates that Central Mindanao University “shall provide programs of instruction at all levels in the arts, sciences, technical, professional, educational, and philosophical fields, and shall concern itself with “pure” and “applied” research in all branches of knowledge for the intellectual and professional growth of faculty members, for the advance instruction of students, and for increasing knowledge and understanding.”


A leading ASEAN university actively committed to the total development of people for a globally sustainable environment and a humane society.


To advance the frontier of knowledge through internationalization of education and equitable access to quality instruction, research, extension and production for economic prosperity, moral integrity, social and cultural sensitivity and environmental consciousness.


Central Mindanao University was transformed from a settlement of farm schools organized by the Americans. It started as the Mailag Industrial School in 1910 and offered only the first four grades of the elementary agriculture curriculum.[3] Situated in Mailag, Malaybalay, Bukidnon, this school was opened to address the necessity of training Bukidnons to teach in their own province as it was difficult to recruit non-Bukidnon teachers to serve in newly opened public schools.[3]

CMU Entrance Gate

In 1918, the school was renamed the Bukidnon Agricultural School and offered the last three grades of the elementary agriculture curriculum. This was later relocated to Managok, Malaybalay, Bukidnon. After a few years it offered the secondary agriculture curriculum. By 1923, the Governor General renamed the school to the Bukidnon Rural High School and allocated 724 hectares for the school’s reservation by virtue of Proclamation No. 30.

In 1928, the Philippine Legislature changed the named of the school to Bukidnon Agricultural High School, which was then a secondary agricultural school for male students. In 1938, it was renamed the Bukidnon National Agricultural School which implemented the secondary homemaking curriculum for female students.[4]

After the war, Superintendent Zosimo Montemayor reopened the school but due to its terrible condition caused by World War II, the school was transferred to Musuan, Maramag, Bukidnon, Philippines

Congressman Cesar Fortich of Bukidnon sponsored House Bill 3041, which elevated BNAS into an agricultural state college. On June 21, 1952, President Elpidio Quirino signed Republic Act 807, otherwise known as the Mindanao Agricultural College (MAC) Charter which also installed Zosimo Montemayor as President. This law also paved the way for funding from national, as well as foreign sources. In 1957-1960, three Stanford consultants, namely James Wall, Donald Green and John McCleland, lived in the locality and provided technical assistance in agricultural technology.[4]

CMU Administration Building.

In 1958, President Carlos Garcia, on recommendation of the Secretary of Agriculture and Natural Resources, issued Proclamation No. 476 granting CMU 3,401 hactares of land. The titling of land began as early as 1961 before the Court of First Instance of Bukidnon to determine the rights of adverse claimants, if there were any.[4] By June 19, 1965, R.A. 4498 catapulted MAC to the Central Mindanao University with Montemayor as the first President.

In 1974, the 1971 Cadastral Court decision for the segregation of several hectares was amended for humanitarian reason and the government’s agrarian program. The 321.9 hectares were properly segregated and given to legitimate claimants and CMU was granted title for 3,080 hectares.

The current CMU president is Dr. Maria Luisa Rupac Soliven. She was elected by the CMU Board of Regents on December 15, 2010.[5] She previously served as the Vice-President for Academic Affairs, and before that as the first female Dean of the College of Agriculture of CMU. She is the eighth CMU president. She was inducted on December 30, 2010, taking over the previous officer-in-charge, Dr. Victor M. Barroso.[6] The former CMU presidents are Dr. Amado Campos, Dr. Isabelo S. Alcordo, Dr. Rodolfo Nayga, Dr. Leonardo Chua, Dr. Jaime Gellor, and Dr. Mardonio M. Lao.

CMU University Convention Center

CMU provides education to students in the “depressed, deprived and disadvantaged sectors” in the region. CMU has two categories of tuition fees: P150 for new students, P90 for the old students. Eighty percent of CMU students are children of farmers.

CMU HymnEdit

Oh! C.M.U.
Our Alma Mater Beloved
We greet you, dear
We your sons and daughters all,
We shall strive to uphold your honor
We shall try to bring you boundless fame
We drink now from your fountain truly
To prepare ourselves for our dear country,
We shall strive to work with mind and true heart
for our country and above all, God
With your guidance
We shall become the bulwark of our Fatherland
As your name stands, as always
Central Mindanao University [7]

Presidents of
Central Mindanao University
Zosimo Montemayor, 1952 - 1965 Mindanao Agricultural College (MAC) president; CMU president - 1965
Dr. Amado Campos, 1965 - 1970
Dr. Isabelo S. Alcordo, 1970 (Apr. 1) - 1982 (Nov. 15) Dr. Rodolfo Nayga, 19?? - 19??
Dr. Leonardo Chua, 1987 - 1994
Dr. Jaime Gellor, 1994 - 1998
Dr. Mardonio M. Lao, 1998 - 2008
Dr. Rodrigo M. Malunhao, 2008 - 2009 (OIC)
Dr. Victor M. Barroso, 2009 - 2010 (OIC)
Dr. Maria Luisa Rupac Soliven, 2010–Present

Present timesEdit

Central Mindanao University Laboratory High School (CMULHS) students, Osmund Niño Amoroso, Ray Ian Oco, and Leo Marconi Carillo, at the 2000 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in Detroit, Michigan, USA, won fourth place in the Team Category among more than 1,000 entries worldwide.[8][9]

In October 2010, another two students, Bonar Laureto and Deorex David Navaja, still from the CMULHS, competed in Germany in a scientist research contest sponsored by the World Young Researchers on Environment (WYRE) and emerged among the top 23 entries out of 73 entries worldwide.[10] They were also given research internship awards from the Merck Laboratories in the Expo 2000 in Hannover.[11]

Among CMU alumnus, Dr. Glenn Gregorio, a plant breeder/geneticist of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) received one of the 2004 Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) award for his exemplary contribution in the field of plant breeding and genetics from the Junior Chamber International-Philippines.

Faculty member Dr. Amoroso, a recipient of the Outstanding Young Scientists (OYS) award in 1991, is a research scientist and is internationally known as an expert in Philippine pteridology and in biodiversity conservation. He has received over 50 awards and honors and has published more than 60 scientific papers, manuals, and handbooks. He has been a full professor for fifteen years and now heads the Mt. Musuan Zoological and Botanical Garden and University Museum. For his work, Dr. Amoroso was conferred Scientist III by the Department of Science and Technology and holds the distinction of University Professor, the highest academic rank in any state University.

Academic programsEdit

The CMU Library
CMU Athletics Grounds

Graduate SchoolEdit

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Economics
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Agronomy
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Animal Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Entomology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Horticulture
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Pathology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Soil Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences Major in:
    • Mathematics Education
  • Master of Arts in Education (MAED)Major in:
    • Administration and Supervision
  • Master of Arts (MA)Major in:
    • Anthropology
    • H.E. Education
    • H.E. Extension
    • English
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)Major in:
    • Filipino
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Chemistry and Physics
    • General Science
  • Master of Arts in Language Education (MALE)
    • Major in:
    • English
    • Filipino
  • Master of Language Education (Non-Thesis)
  • Master of School Mathematics (Non-Thesis)
  • Master of Education (Non-Thesis)
  • Master of Science in Teaching Major in:
    • Biology
  • Master of Science in Biology Major in:
    • Genetics
    • Physiology
    • Ecology
    • Taxonomy
    • Morphology
  • Master of Science in Forestry Major in:
    • Forest Biological Science
    • Forest Resources Management
    • Wood Science and Technology
  • Master of Science in Agricultural Economics
  • Master of Science in Agricultural Education
  • Master of Science in Agricultural Extension
  • Master of Science in Agronomy
  • Master of Science in Animal Science
  • Master of Science in Development Communication
  • Master of Science in Entomology
  • Master of Science in Food Science
  • Master of Science in Horticulture
  • Master of Science in Mathematics Education
  • Master of Science in Plant Breeding
  • Master of Science in Plant Pathology
  • Master of Science in Soil Science
  • Master of Science in Agribusiness Management
  • Master of Science in General Science Education
  • Master of Engineering major in:
    • Civil Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering

College of Agriculture (CHED Center of Excellence)Edit

  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSA) major in:
    • Agricultural Economics
    • Agricultural Education
    • Agricultural Extension
    • Animal Science (Animal Breeding and Genetics)
    • Animal Science (Animal Nutrition)
    • Animal Science (Animal Production Management System)
    • Crop Protection (Entomology)
    • Crop Protection (Plant Pathology)
    • Crop Science (Agronomy: Crop Production)
    • Crop Science (Agronomy: Seed Technology)
    • Crop Science (Horticulture)
    • Crop Science (Plant Breeding)
    • Soil Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Management (BSAM) major in:
    • Crop Enterprise
    • Livestock Enterprise
  • Bachelor of Science in Development Communication (BSDC) major in:

College of Arts and SciencesEdit

College of Business and ManagementEdit

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in:
    • Marketing Management
    • Operations Management
    • Financial Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting Information System
  • Bachelor of Science in Internal Auditing
  • Bachelor of Science in Management Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Office Administration

College of Education (CHED Center of Development)Edit

College of Forestry and Environmental ScienceEdit

College of Human EcologyEdit

  • Bachelor of Science in Food Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Home Economics major in:
    • Food Business Management
    • Home Economics Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics

College of NursingEdit

College of Veterinary Medicine (CHED Center of Excellence)Edit

College of EngineeringEdit

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering[12]

Institute of Computer ApplicationsEdit

Notable alumni and facultyEdit



CMU Journal of Science (ISSN 0116-7847) is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal published annually by Central Mindanao University. This official scientific journal of the University is accredited by the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as Category B. It publishes quality research in the fields of natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, and social sciences from local, national, and international contributors.[15]


Since 2007, the university has its own radio station called 88.9 Development Radio (DXMU 88.9 MHz). Its studios are located at the Research and Extension Complex inside the Campus, and its transmitter is located at Mt. Musuan, Maramag, Bukidnon.[16][17][18]


CMU's driveway
  • I. CMU – Sponsored Academic Scholars
    • University Scholar
    • Colleges Scholar
    • Valedictorian
    • Salutatorian
    • Full Scholar
    • Partial Scholar
  • II. CMU - Sponsored Leadership Grants
    • 1. Student Supreme Council (SSC)
      • SSC President
      • SSC Officers
      • SSC Councilor
      • College Chairpersons of various college student councils
    • 2.Reserve Officer Training Corp. (ROTC-Officers)
  • III. Non – Academic Scholarships
    • Local Government Scholars – (Based on Local Code 393)
    • Legitimate Dependents of the following Barangay Officials
    • Punong Barangay
    • Sangguniang Barangay Members
    • Barangay Secretary
    • Barangay Treasurer
    • Sangguniang Kabataan Official Scholarship Grants (Based on Local Code sec.434)
    • Sangguniang Kabataan Chairperson
    • Sangguniang Kabataan Kagawad
  • IV. Other CMU - Sponsored Assistance
    • Socialized Tuition fee Scheme
    • Grants-in-Aid
  • V. Other External Scholarships
    • CHED-SAFE scholars
    • CHEAD-SAFE for Educ. And Eng’g
    • CHED –FULL Merit
    • CHED-PARTIAL Merit
    • CHED-Tulong Dulong
    • CHED-OTOS “One Town One Scholar”
    • CHED-SNLP (Study Now Pay Later Plan) Program
    • DOST-SEI Scholar
    • Don Antonio O. Floreindo, Sr. Foundation Inc.
    • MENZI
    • Sun Life Financial Philippine Foundation Inc.
    • East And West Seed Company Inc.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b Lao, Mardonio M. (1985). "Bukidnon in Historical Perspective, Vol. 1". Publications Office, Central Mindanao University. OCLC 15243254
  4. ^ a b c Quisumbing, Jose R. "History of Central Mindanao University"
  5. ^ "CMU has a new PRESIDENT!". Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  6. ^ "Turn-over Ceremony". Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  7. ^
  8. ^ The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Finalist Directory
  9. ^ The Intel ISEF Awardees
  10. ^ "2 RP students cited in Germany". Manila Bulletin. October 30, 2000. Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. Retrieved March 13, 2011.
  11. ^ "Filipino inventors get Merck award". Filipino Reporter. November 16, 2000. Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. Retrieved March 13, 2011.
  12. ^
  13. ^ CMU ICA College of Engineering, Central Mindanao University, Retrieved 06 February 2014
  14. ^
  15. ^
  16. ^ KBP Members
  17. ^ Extension Programs
  18. ^ Valencia City Hold Nutri School on Air Graduation Ceremony

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