Sixty-five years of inspired education... Sixty-five years of unparalleled instruction...
This year, the University of Baguio (UB) celebrates its more than six decades of shaping minds and inspiring generations.
In 1948, when the Philippines was reeling from the ruins of the World War II, a couple – trying to devise a way to help the country get back to its feet – thought offering technical courses was one way to help rebuild the nation. And so, with searing passion and a deep sense of vision, they opened a five-room structure along Session Road. They called it the Baguio Technical and Commercial Institute.
Dr. Fernando "Tatay" Gonzaga Bautista and his wife Ms. Rosa "Nanay" Castillo-Bautista opened the Baguio Tech with vocational courses – automotive mechanics, radio telegraphy, horology, typing, stenography, and bookkeeping – accommodating 89 students and employing five full-time teachers.
Since then, Baguio Tech has steadily expanded its academic portfolio, offering tertiary education in 1950. Nineteen years later, on December 18, 1969, it received the university status and became the University of Baguio.
Today, UB – which has expanded to over 15,000 – offers well over 50 different educational programs.
UB is currently led by a group of dynamic administrators: President Johann Ben Bautista, Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Rebecca Miranda, Vice President for Administration Dr. Lloyd Orduña, Vice President for Finance Ms. Eleonor Rosa Bautista-Razon, and Vice-President for Institutional Development Dr. Miller Peckley.
The University is likewise guided by a team of young and vibrant board of directors: Chairman Dhanna Kerina Bautista-Rodas, Vice-Chairman Lakan-Asa R. Bautista, Corporate Treasurer Santiago T. Bautista, Assistant Corporate Treasurer Lylah Rose Bautista-Soliman, Corporate Secretary Javier Herminio V. Bautista, Assistant Corporate Secretary Maria Cristina C. Bautista, and Director/President Johann Ben A. Bautista.
UB – the first non-sectarian autonomous university in Northern Luzon – seals its reputation as one of the country's most accomplished academic institutions, being the only higher education institution (HEI) with the highest number of PACUCOA-accredited programs in the country. It is among the 49 HEIs granted by CHED the distinction of autonomous status among over 2,000 schools in the country.
At the forefront are the University's 11 schools who continue to list impressive ratings in board examinations. Just this year, the UB School of Natural Sciences and the School of Teacher Education have produced some of the country's best medical technologists and teachers yet again, recording a remarkable 100% passing rate among first-takers in the March 2013 licensure examination for medical technologists and teachers, respectively. The UB School of School of Criminal Justice and Public Safety also clutched a striking 100% passing rate in the April 2013 Licensure Examination for Criminologists.
Magnified by the roster of topnotchers produced from year to year, commitment to academic excellence is at the heart of the UBian education. Recently, UB's Tom Braian Aguilar placed third in the nationwide ranking in the May 2013 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination. Likewise, Leah Moyao landed at the sixth spot in the April 2013 Licensure Examination for Criminologists. Also, Sheena Torren Merino took the March 2013 Licensure Examination for Teachers to finish at the seventh place.
Moreover, UB is on the roll in making waves in accounting as it finished as champion in the 2013 National Convention of the National Federation of Junior Philippine Institute Accounting Quiz.
It also displays sheer supremacy in web development, ranking sixth in the 2012 national university web ranking among 214 schools.
The UBian spirit also stands out in sports, local and international alike. During this year's season of the Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League, UB championed the taekwondo, athletics, arnis, swimming, lawn tennis (women), badminton (men), and table tennis (men) events. The University also snagged the championship trophies (elementary and secondary divisions) at the National CPJ Kyorugi and Poomsae Taekwondo Championships and at the Palarong Pambansa. In addition, UB snared the crown for senior men at the 2013 Private Schools Athletic Association National Games.
Also, chess wizard Haridas Pascua of the UB School of IT raked in five gold medals – including one silver – during the ASEAN+ Age Group Chess Championship in Thailand.
Constantly boosting its educational services, the University is sustaining its linkages with some of the world's major industry brands. It has tied up with the Germany-based SAP Business One for its accounting systems as well as with the American multinational corporation CISCO for its computer laboratories. UB is also an accredited testing center for Pearson VUE, an electronic testing company headquartered in London, UK.
Furthermore, UB is presently connected with the internationally recognized Thailand-based College of Asian Scholars and Rajabhat Maha Sarakham University.
The UB School of International Hospitality and Tourism Management (SIHTM) also continues to link with A-list hotels and resorts such as the prominent Riverview Hotel and Hotel Royal in Singapore as well as the country's posh Shangri-La, Crown Regency Hotel, and Fairways & Blue Water Resort for its students' training. It has conquered the global arena, tying up with the Nagasaki Wesleyan University in Japan; Omni Hotel, Port Royal, and the Wintergreen Resorts in the US; and the Sprott-Shaw Community College in Canada, among others.
One of its recognizable marks, UB prides itself on housing only the most up-to-date and stylish facilities and equipment. The UB Clinical Laboratory, an accredited tertiary and training laboratory by the Department of Health and the Commission on Higher Education, offers accurate and affordable clinical laboratory tests. Also, the School of IHTM is equipped with modern facilities – Café Fernando and Sazerac Bar – and three fully furnished suites, among others.
Likewise, the Olympic-sized swimming pool makes it even more exciting to bask around the campus, along with the multiple food courts, immense libraries, cutting-edge computer laboratories, vending machines, and mini-groceries. Top it all off with the 24-hour ATMs and security systems and campus wifi.
Corporate social responsibility
Alongside incessantly honing and training young minds, UB has been tirelessly giving back to the community — from conducting free and regular public lectures to assisting in government programs and facilitating trainings both for government and private groups and organizations. UB also conducts regular medical and dental missions, tree-planting activities, gift-giving activities, and other free outreach services for its adopted barangays and schools.
UB's thrust effectively educating the youth has held on for 65 unyielding years – enabling the institution to mold leaders and trailblazers decade after decade. As it presses ahead, the University of Baguio's grip on such mission would just be tighter, embracing it with even more passion and vitality.