West Visayas State University
West Visayas State University (WVSU, referred to colloquially by locals as West/Web-su ; Filipino: Pamantasang Pampamahalaan ng Kanluraning Visayas) is a public normal research university located in La Paz, Iloilo City, Western Visayas region of the Philippines. It was established in 1924 as Iloilo Normal School under the tutelage of the Thomasites, but dates back its founding in 1902 as a part of Philippine normal school system with Iloilo National High School established by the American colonial government. It later became West Visayas State College in 1965 and acquired its university status becoming West Visayas State University in 1986.
Pamantasang Pampamahalaan ng Kanluraning Visayas
|Motto||Service, Harmony, Excellence|
|Type||Public normal, research and co-educational higher education institution (state university system)|
|AACCUP & PAASCU|
|President||Dr. Joselito F. Villaruz, M.D.|
|549 (Main Campus - Iloilo City)
|Students||7, 449 (Iloilo City – Main Campus A.Y. 2010–2011)|
(Main Campus) Luna St., La Paz,
|Colors|| Blue |
|Nickname||Taga-WEST (From West)|
The university is one of the accredited Philippine Universities of the University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific and one of the most prominent institutions in the Philippines in the field of Teacher Education, Nursing and Medicine.
The West Visayas State University (WVSU) system is composed of the main campus, six external campuses (which are distinct from the main campus) and the WVSU Medical Center. The La Paz (main campus) is organized with an integrated laboratory school and ten degree granting tertiary schools and colleges. In the collegiate level studies, the academic programs the university offers include Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Biology, Business Management, Cooperatives Management, Forestry, Hospitality Management, Information and Communications Technology, Mass Communication, Medicine, Nursing, Operations Management, Political Science, Public Administration, Physical Education, Teacher Education and Tourism. The Law program of the university under the newly established College of Law was opened in August 2020.
The 2,000 hectare Mari-it Wildlife and Conservation Park which is managed as part of the 3,000 hectare WVSU College of Agriculture and Forestry campus in Lambunao, Iloilo, is the largest hornbill breeding facility in the world.
The Philippine Commission on Higher Education has also designated the university through its main campus as National Center of Excellence in Teacher Education and National Center of Development in Nursing while the Lambunao Campus as National Centers of Development in the programs of Agriculture and Forestry.
It was one of the five tributary schools created to address the need to train Filipino teachers under the tutelage of the Thomasites. In 1916, it was a secondary school (an adjunct with the Iloilo High School) complete with elementary and training departments. In 1924, with the completion of its main building (now Quezon Hall) and laboratory school building, Iloilo Normal School was established as a distinct educational and independent institution. It was also when a secondary normal school program, which eventually became a four-year normal college course, was established.
In 1954, the Bachelor of Science in Education major in Elementary Education was offered, pioneering teacher-training institution in Western Visayas. It was named a Center of Excellence (1994) by the late Sen. Blas P. Ople and Center of Excellence for Teacher Education (1995) by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
The INS became the West Visayas State College by virtue of R.A. 4189 on May 4, 1965, and commenced the offering of the bachelor's degree in education for both elementary and secondary teaching, Bachelor of arts; Master in Education. Also established were the Graduate School and the College of Arts and Sciences, (and consequently the Secondary Laboratory School) offering courses in the university level.
The period from 1974 to the early 1980s was one of marked growth, witnessing the establishment of the School of Medicine, the second state medical school in the Philippines in 1975, the School of Agriculture in 1976, and the School of Nursing in 1977. The doctoral program of the Graduate School was also founded in 1977. The B.S. in Biological Science, AB in Mass Communications, and B.S. Forestry programs began in 1981.
On January 27, 1986, the College became the West Visayas State University, integrating the Iloilo National College of Agriculture (INCA) into its system. In 1987, the University acquired the Don Benito V. Lopez Memorial Hospital which became the WVSU Hospital, a 150-bed tertiary, teaching and training hospital. The University further established in 1993, the Sports, Athletics, and Cultural Arts Center which later became the degree-granting PESCAR Institute and later PESCAR College in 2000. In 1993, the Department of Mass Communications became the degree-granting Institute of Mass Communications, which was later converted into a College in 2000. In 2001, the Board of Regents and the Department of Health (DOH) approved the conversion of the WVSU Hospital to WVSU Medical Center that it is now.
The enactment of the Higher Education Modernization Act (1997) brought more developments in the University. In 2000, four CHED-supervised schools in Calinog, Janiuay, Lambunao, and Pototan were integrated into the WVSU System. The University Distance Education program through the Diploma in Teaching (DIT) course began in Summer 2003. By 2005, the Local Government Unit of Himamaylan in Negros Occidental entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with WVSU for the establishment of the WVSU Himamaylan City Extension in 2006 which was later elevated to external campus from being an extension campus. Meanwhile, two new degree-granting units were also opened in the University: the Institute of Information and Communications Technology (IICT) in 2002 and the Institute of Management (IM) in 2006 which later became the College of Business and Management (2010).
In 2007, the university's administrators, scholars and histories collectively agreed to change the institution's founding especially on its logo from 1924 to 1902, the year WVSU was founded as a tributary unit of the Philippine Normal School System. [a] It was in the said year also (2007), that the university celebrated its centennial. A national historical marker was installed by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines on the main campus's Quezon Hall.
In February 2008, the university hosted an international research conference in Iloilo City, in conjunction with its year-long centennial celebration.
In July 2020, the West Visayas State University College of Law was established, the first public law school in Western Visayas. The following year, it opened its College of Dentistry, the second public university (after UP Manila), and the first public college outside of Manila, to offer a program in dentistry.
The university is organized into twelve academic granting units offering courses from grade school all the way to post-graduate education. Established as early as 1902, WVSU wasn't an independent and distinct institution until 1924 when it was formally founded as Iloilo Normal School.
Designations and accreditationsEdit
The main campus (La Paz) has been designated by the Commission on Higher Education (Philippines) as National Center of Excellence in Teacher Education and National Center of Development in Nursing Education, while the Lambunao Campus as National Centers of Development in Agriculture and Forestry.
WVSU is accredited by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP) and Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). The AACCUP is a member of the National Network of Quality Assurance Agencies, Inc. (NNQAA) in the Philippines. AACCUP and PAASCU are both members of Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN) based in Hong Kong; and International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) based in Dublin, Ireland.
West Visayas State University is one of the first institutions to have its academic programs accredited to higher levels having surpassed the quality standards for instruction, research and extension. At present, programs are accredited by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP) and Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) for its College of Medicine. Programs recognized with Level III Re-accredited status are academic offerings in undergraduate and master's degree levels specifically Physical Education, Forestry, Agriculture, and programs in Communication (Broadcasting, Journalism and Development Communication). Level 4 qualified status was awarded to Nursing, Teacher Education (elementary, secondary, and special education), Arts and Social Sciences (English and Political Science) and Biology.
Over the years, the University has etched a mark in professional licensure examinations. Medical doctors, nurses and teacher education graduates have consistently topped exams all over the country and the university passing percentage in various exams have been well-above the national mean.
In 2004, WVSU was recognized by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) as among the "Top 5 Performing Schools" in the Philippines in the National Board Examinations.
Academic granting unitsEdit
|College of Education||1902|
|Integrated Laboratory School||1924|
|College of Arts and Sciences||1965|
|College of Medicine||1975|
|College of Nursing||1977|
|College of Agriculture and Forestry||1976|
|College of Communication||1993|
|College of PESCAR||2000|
|College of Information
and Communications Technology
|College of Business and Management||2007|
|College of Law||2020|
|College of Dentistry||2021|
|Commission on Higher Education (CHED) |
Centers of Excellence (COE)
|Centers of Development (COD)|
WVSU programs in Nursing, Social Science, Biology and Education have been awarded for achieving Level 4 Qualified status by the Accrediting Agency for Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP) Inc. WVSU College of Nursing had three of the top scorers on the 2014 Nurse Licensure Examination (NLE), and the school posted a 100% passing rate in the June 2016 NLE plus five top scorers. With the 100% passing rate, WVSU retains its record, for the fourth consecutive year, as Number 1 performing school in the NLE in the country.
Among non-board examination courses, the University has an excelled reputation through its academic courses in English, Political Science, and Biology with specialization in Microbiology, Biotechnology and Pre-Med, these three programs were submitted for accreditation to the AACCUP and were recently granted with Level 4 Qualified status. Its courses in Information Science and Technology, Cooperatives Management, and Mass Communications are also producing graduates who are sought after in the region.
West's has also been cited with in the Western Visayas region through its programs in advanced education in the following disciplines: Arts and Letters, Sciences, Social Sciences and Governance, Education, Agriculture, and Communications. In 2010 the university was authorized to offer a graduate program in Hospitality Management in the College of Business and Management.
In July 2020, the legal education board approved and authorized WVSU to offer a Juris Doctor (JD) program under its newly established college of law, the first public law school in Western Visayas. Due to the demand and the university's answer to the government's plan for universal healthcare education program, West established the College of Dentistry in 2021, the second state university and college (SUC) to offer outside Manila and the first public institution of higher learning in Western Visayas.
The governance of the University is vested upon the Board of Regents of the West Visayas State University as constituted by P.D. no. 2019 and P.D. no. 1437. The Board of Regents exercise policy-making function in accordance with general policies, plans and programs on education as formulated by the Government.
The administration and the exercise of the University corporate powers are vested exclusively in the Board of Regents and the President of the University. It is an august body and works for the best interest of the University.
Cultures and traditionsEdit
Service, Harmony, ExcellenceEdit
The official motto of the university, the Service, Harmony, Excellence, denotes the university's graduates to strive through their chosen fields of services, harmoniously live with the society to what it may bring about, and excel in the things they want to endeavor.
Alma Mater songEdit
From a dream a university grew,
Stirring hearts with a heroes refrain.
Out of darkness faith renew
That our toils should not fade in vain.
West Visayas State University,
Hold thy banner high,
Let genius bridge the earth
And boundless sky.
Set the youth to task half begun,
Seek their rightful place ‘neath the sun.
West Visayas State University,
Let that dream come true,
Not far away the goal
Comes in to view,
As the youth their tasks fully done,
Find their rightful place ‘neath the sun.
Part of the university's culture are its symbols which denotes the tangible customs it has as an institution. The Spire, official yearbook, and the Forum Dimension, the official university school paper, are the official publications. The Urn, a monument found in front of Quezon Hall was revitalized in 2007 for WVSU's centennial. Installed in the said monument is the plaque recognizing the university as a national landmark by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. The Quezon Hall, built and finished in 1924, is the oldest structure in the main campus proper. It was named in honor of Manuel L. Quezon, the first President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines. Designed in a colonial American and tropical style, its unique feature are its structural columns. A second floor was added in the later years of the university. Quezon Hall is the notable landmark of the university.
Pag-iririmaw sa WestEdit
Held annually to foster camaraderie among the different colleges and schools West has, Pag-iririmaw (literally Assemblage in Kiniray-a and Hiligaynon (Ilonggo), is the university's intramural or sporting event and festival showcasing variety types of competitions.
December Blast: Kasanag sa WestEdit
A project of the university's student council, it started in 2011 as a christmas lighting tradition on the main campus. It was re-established again in 2016-2017. The festival ushers the celebration of the holiday season in the university, which starts from around the second week of December and ends on the last day in the same month before the yuletide break of the whole school.
- Dr. Vicente Handa - Internationally acclaimed researcher and well-known academician in the field of Science
- Serafin N. Clavel II - Filipino Politician
- Jed Patrick (Locsin) E. Mabilog - Iloilo City Mayor and World Mayor Award Finalist (Top 4)
- Dr. Dreyfuss Perlas - A well-known Barrio Doctor and hailed as the champion of the masses in Lanao del Norte
- Irene Mae B. Alcobilla – 2015 Philippine BAR Topnotcher, AB Political Science graduate
- Ferjenel Biron – Philippine Legislator
- JC Rahman Nava – Former Governor & former congressman of Guimaras, AB Science graduate & Medical Doctor
- Dr. Nenalyn Defensor – former CHED Commissioner
- Dr. Purita Bilbao – Author, Education policy maker
- West Visayas State University – Main Campus, in La Paz, Iloilo City, Philippines
- College of Agriculture and Forestry Campus, in Lambunao
- WVSU, Lambunao Campus, in Lambunao
- WVSU, Calinog Campus, in Calinog
- WVSU, Janiuay Campus, in Janiuay
- WVSU, Pototan Campus, in Pototan
- WVSU, Himamaylan City Campus, in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental
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