Wednesday, December 06, 2006

PUP: TOP 15TH College in the Country!

Here is a copy of the widely-spread article on the web by Boo Chanco. Some blogs have adapted this article and they interpreted it in a wrong way that is why if you would look at their comments, some are contradicting. This is because the blog owner chopped the article's parts and concluded that this is, in actuality, the top colleges in the country. Let me defend this by posting the whole article for you to understand its credibility and authenticity. It's up for you to decide. As for me, I'm proud to see that PUP is on the list. Patunay na kahit mga dukha, kami'y may angking talino, talento at tiyaga. Ika nga nila, mas lamang kami dahil naranasan namin ang reyalidad ng buhay -- ang kahirapan. Ito ang humuhubog sa amin upang maging mas mapagkumbaba kesa ibang sing-galing at sing-talino namin. (Sabi pa nga ni Jozwealth: Mas maganda siguro kung ung PUP, top 15, tapos pagtingin mo sa bandang taas, nasa top 5 or 6 ung College of Communication - PUP! Whahaha!)

The Philippine Star 05/09/2005

Top Colleges

There is a material circulating among various e-groups that supposedly ranks the country's top 20 colleges and universities based on a study conducted by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Commission on Higher Education(CHED). The ranking
supposedly used the average passing rate of graduates of colleges and universities in the board
examinations of all courses that require it for the practice of a profession.

This study is now supposed to be done every 10 years. This particular ranking is supposedly the result of the first study from 1992 to 2001. Eleven schools come from Luzon, two from the Visayas and seven from Mindanao.

My problem with this material is that I am unable to confirm it independently. I checked the website of CHED and didn't find it there. I tried sending an e-mail to CHED, to the address
published in their website, but it bounced. Still, for whatever it may be worth, I want to share this list with a wider audience if only to provoke some discussion on where one could get quality college education in this country, given problems with education pre-need companies and family finances in general.

If the basis of this listing is authentic, it tells us that one need not spend a fortune in tuition and other fees of the so called exclusive schools in Metro Manila because there are a lot of
good schools out there in the countryside. This is an important consideration
for parents who live in the provinces and who are probably agonizing on whether to mortgage the family home to raise the funds needed to send a child to college in Manila.

The most expensive university in Metro Manila is not even in this list. So maybe, given the difficult financial situation today,sending the kids to study in Manila is not necessarily a good idea any more. There are good schools out in the regions. I also believe good students would do well anywhere provided they have a serious desire to get a good education. There is even one college on the list from Butuan that I have not heard of, and it did better than La Salle. The better Ateneo is in Davao, not at Loyola Heights.

Of course the top university in the list is UP Diliman, which makes me feel good. I am happy to note that contrary to what I hear in many circles, the quality of a UP education is still tops. Then again, the overall standards might have gone down too, but that's another story.

So, here it is, but with the caveat that I decided to use it even without independent verification because of the urgency of helping parents who are making up their minds now, a few weeks before school opening time. The list sounds plausible enough.

1. University of the Philippines (Diliman Campus/Luzon);
2. University of the Philippines (Los Banos Campus/Luzon);
3. University of the Philippines (Manila Campus/Luzon);
4. Silliman University (Dumaguete City/Visayas);
5. Ateneo de Davao University (Davao/Mindanao);
6. Ateneo de Manila University (Manila/Luzon);
7. University of Sto. Tomas (Manila/Luzon);
8. Mindanao State University (Iligan Institute of Tech/Mindanao);
9. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (Manila/Luzon);
10. Saint Louis University (Baguio City/Luzon);
11. University of San Carlos (Cebu City/Visayas);
12. Xavier University (Cagayan de Oro/Mindanao);
13. Mindanao State University (Main/Mindanao);
14. Urios College (Butuan City/Mindanao);
15. Polytechnic University of the Philippines (Manila/Luzon);
16. De La Salle University (Manila/Luzon);
17. Mapua Institute of Technology (Manila/Luzon);
18. Adamson University (Manila/Luzon);
19. Central Mindanao University (Bukidnon/Mindanao);
20. University of Southern Philippines (Davao/Mindanao).

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