New university in the offing in Urdaneta City
Urdaneta City (26 October) -- A new university is in the offing in Pangasinan, possibly before the year end or by the first quarter of 2007.
A university status for the City College of Urdaneta (CCU) which is run and operated by the city government was sought in an ordinance recently passed by the city council here.
City Mayor Amadeo Perez revealed that if the provincial board approves the ordinance, CCU will change its status into a university and will be renamed City University of Urdaneta (CUU).
He said there have been precedents on these among some local government units with educational institutions of their own, even if some of these insitutions had only 500 enrollees.
In the case of CCU, Perez said it has over 6,000 enrollees and had been operating for 41 long years since its founding by the then municipality of Urdaneta in 1966.
"If the provincial board will approve the ordinance, then CCU can become a university without the need of endorsement from the Commission on Higher Education," he said
He added that the university status of CCU will not pass through CHED anymore.
"Anyway, whether it's a college or a university, the school is under the supervision and scrutiny of CHED," Perez said. CCU offers courses in nursing, education (elementary and secondary), commerce (accounting, banking and finance and management), midwifery, computer science, Liberal Arts, secretarial and medical secretarial.
About half of its enrollees are taking nursing course, he said, adding that the enrollees come not only from Pangasinan but also from Benguet, Nueva Ecija, La Union, Tarlac, Zambales and Cagayan Valley.
Charging only minimal schools fees because it is being run by the city government, CCU has been attracting many students locally and even from other provinces.
Perez said CCU is thinking of integrating vocational courses with college courses to ensure that graduates can have jobs immediately after graduation.
These include short courses in welding, refrigeration, electricity, air-conditioning, auto-mechanics and others.
Perez, who was instrumental in putting up the CCU in 1966 in his initial terms as mayor of the then municipality of Urdaneta, said the city college survived and was able to kept abreast with various private educational institutions of higher learning in Pangasinan. (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]