Polytechnic University of the Philippines
The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (Filipino
Filipino language
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: Politeknikong Unibersidad ng Pilipinas) commonly known as PUP is a public
Public university
A public university is a university that is predominantly funded by public means through a national or subnational government, as opposed to private universities. A national university may or may not be considered a public university, depending on regions...

Research can be defined as the scientific search for knowledge, or as any systematic investigation, to establish novel facts, solve new or existing problems, prove new ideas, or develop new theories, usually using a scientific method...

 university in the Philippines
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. It was founded on October 19, 1904 as the Manila Business School, offering commerce-related courses. The university offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in accountancy
Accountancy is the process of communicating financial information about a business entity to users such as shareholders and managers. The communication is generally in the form of financial statements that show in money terms the economic resources under the control of management; the art lies in...

, engineering
Engineering is the discipline, art, skill and profession of acquiring and applying scientific, mathematical, economic, social, and practical knowledge, in order to design and build structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and processes that safely realize improvements to the lives of...

, political science
Political science
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, social science, business
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, arts
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, agriculture
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, media and communication
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 and associate programs.

The Polytechnic University of the Philippines System is among the state universities in the Philippines with the lowest tuition.

Centennial Anniversary

In October 2004, PUP celebrated its 100th year anniversary. The theme of the centennial celebration was "PUP: Kabalikat ng Pamahalaan sa Pag-angat ng Antas ng Kabuhayan ng Mamamayan." As part of the celebration, and to highlight the signing of the Declaration of Peace to be put before the United Nations
United Nations
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, the PUP System break the record ofWorld's Largest Human Rainbow
Human rainbow
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 31,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni


  • Board of Regents -

  • Faculty-

  • Students- come from the urban and rural areas of the Philippines, as well as foreign exchange students .


The main campus is located at Santa Mesa
Santa Mesa, Manila
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, Manila
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, along the Pasig River
Pasig River
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. The PUP Manila consists of three sub-campuses named Mabini, NDC and M.H. del Pilar. The house where Mabini died is now located in the campus of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. The simple nipa
Nypa fruticans
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 house retains the original furniture, and some of the books he wrote, and also contains souvenir items, while hosting the municipal library and reading facilities, hence, the main campus is named after Mabini. Some campuses are located on the other side of the metropolis and the rest are located across the country.



The academic units of the University are called college
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s or institute
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s. These units offer undergraduate degrees and/or postgraduate diplomas on their specific fields of specialization.

College of Arts

Formerly Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). Located in Santa Mesa, Manila
Santa Mesa, Manila
Santa Mesa is one of the 16 geographical districts of the city of Manila, which is primarily a residential, commercial and educational center. Santa Mesa is bounded by several districts and cities...

 main campus.

College of Communication

College of Cooperatives

College of Computer Management and Information Technology

College of Computer Management and Information Technology abbreviated as CCMIT is an academic unit of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines that specializes in computer science and information technology. The college is located on the third floor, south wing of the main building Santa Mesa, Manila
Santa Mesa, Manila
Santa Mesa is one of the 16 geographical districts of the city of Manila, which is primarily a residential, commercial and educational center. Santa Mesa is bounded by several districts and cities...

 (Main) Campus.

College of Economics, Finance, and Politics

College of Engineering

College of Languages and Linguistics

College of Technology

  • Computer Engineering Management Technology
  • Electrical Engineering Management Technology

  • Electronics Communications Engineering Management Technology

  • Food Processing Management Technology

  • Hotel and Restaurant Management Technology

  • Information Communication Management Technology

  • Mechanical Engineering Management Technology

  • Office Management Technology

  • Tourism Management Technology

College of Tourism, Hotel and Restaurant Management

  • Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Tourism and Transportation Management


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Asian University Rankings 2011 201st+

The University was ranked by the Commission on Higher Education
Commission on Higher Education (Philippines)
The Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines, , abbreviated as CHED. The CHED is attached to the Office of the President for administrative purposes...

 and the Professional Regulation Commission as one of the top 20 higher learning institutions in the Philippines. The 2007 study ranked the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in the 15th place.

Internationally, the University participated and was ranked in the 2009 QS Asian University Rankings, together with 15 other Philippine universities. It was ranked 345th in Asia, based on International Students' Review in the Times Higher Education Supplement World University Rankings.

The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities
Webometrics Ranking of World Universities
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, which rank universities according to web presence, visibility, and access, includes PUP in their list of top 8,000 universities, out of 20,000 institutions.


The Office of the Vice President for Research, Development and Extension (OVPRDE) is responsible of the research undertakings of the University. It oversees the implementation of the research thrusts as defined by the Commission on Higher Education
Commission on Higher Education (Philippines)
The Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines, , abbreviated as CHED. The CHED is attached to the Office of the President for administrative purposes...

. OVPRDE considers research as a vital component of the University's functions; if properly nurtured, it will contribute to the development of science and technology, social sciences, culture, new knowledge and the environment.

The University currently has nine (9) research centers. The Publication Office is responsible for the publication of academic journals. Below is a listing of PUP's research centers.
  • Center for Data and Statistical Analysis
  • Center for Entrepreneurial Development
  • Center for Global Warming Studies
  • Center for Human Development
  • Information and Communications Technology Center
  • Institutional Planning Office
  • Research Management Office
  • Science and Technology Research and Development Center
  • Center for Training and Development

University Seal

The Seal of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines is an official scheme used by the university
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 in official documents and official publications.

The star in the logo stands for the perfection of the human person as well as the search for truth, while the five concentric circles depict infinite wisdom.

Both the five-pointed star and the five concentric circles stand for quintessence, meaning the highest form of quality or the most perfect example of creation.

The star is golden yellow not only because this is a star’s natural color but also because, together with the dark maroon used as background, it is the traditional color of the University.

The five concentric circles are white because it symbolizes purity.

The Mural

In 1974, the sculpture (cut and welded brass mural relief, 2.5 x 9.3 meters) was built by national artist Eduardo Castrillo. The theme of the artwork is Consolidated Growth through Education - the role of PUP in the educational development of the youth in preparation for their involvement in nation building. The mural illustrates the social, economic, industrial, technological, and cultural aspect of life with which man blends himself to develop an environment necessary to the progress of the nation.

The mural is located at the main gate of the University Mabini Campus. The brass sculpture depicts the purposeful growth of the Filipino youth. It also signifies the role and responsibility of the youth in the progress and development of the nation, which the University recognizes. As an institution dutifully concerned in shaping the lives of the youth, the University pays tribute to the hope and builder of the world tomorrow through this artistic interpretation.

The Obelisk

The Obelisk, standing majestic on its base, depicts the strength of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines as an institution of higher learning, promoting educational and moral aims which are fortified by a determined leadership with a clear vision for the Filipino youth and an efficient support system inspired by the virtues of public service.

With a long-standing reputation as a vanguard of truth and social justice, PUP also pays homage to the Great Conscience and Brain of the Philippine Revolution, Apolinario Mabini who reflects everything the University upholds especially its mission of public enlightenment.

On top is the University Star Logo , symbol of PUP’s image as the Light of the Nation. It stands for the perfection of the human person and the search for truth. Its five concentric circles represent infinite wisdom and each point of the star signifies integrity, ingenuity, industry, intelligence and internationalism – the core values of PUP as a Total University.

Dedicated to the future, the obelisk stands here and now as an emblem of strength and greatness that only time can change.

The Transformation

This masterpiece is built by designer and architect Lor Calma in the year 2000. It depicts the dynamic transformation of the University as it embraces the power of Information and Communications Technology.

The sculpture is located at the main lobby of the Ninoy Aquino Learning Resources Center, near the PUP ICT Center.

With the artwork is an inscription that says:
"This sculpture is dedicated to the students, faculty, academic and administrative personnel, and the management of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines for their excellence, innovativeness, and unrelenting pursuit of the highest ideals of academic standards in the field of Information and Communication Technology under the leadership and inspiration of Dr. Ofelia M. Carague."

The Centenary Insignia

The Centenary Logo is an emblem of a noble and glorious past, a living testimony to the University population’s adherence to the beautiful traits of loyalty, integrity, love of peace, commitment to service, and undying love of and devotion to God - essential attributes in the pursuit of academic excellence and progress in a span of one hundred years (1904-2004).

Standing for the wheel of life is the circle which moves incessantly to give life to all members of the academic community - the administrators, the professoriate, the non-academic personnel, and the studentry - walking hand in hand, regardless of status in life, looking forward to a resplendent life-giving future. As it is, the wheel of life converges with Information and Communications Technology.

The laurel leaves inside the circle embody good health, peace, harmony, and prosperity within the ambit of PUP and the global village where the inhabitants meet as they communicate the same ideals, ideas, and aspirations.

Within the centenary logo is the PUP logo which speaks eloquently of PUP’s vital role in molding minds, enriching souls, and giving firmer grounds to stand on.

From the circle emanate three big arrows which stand for the rapid growth of high-tech education in all levels. The University is now cited as the Center of Development in different disciplines, especially Information and Communications Technology.

From the Philippine Flag spring red and blue bands - a symbol of the PUP community’s respect for nationalism and Filipinism, strengthened by the PUPians’ role in nation-building, courageous outlook, tenacity and contribution to economic progress.

The rising sun emerges through the yellow color imbibing the vision, mission, and goals of PUP and its endless search for truth, excellence, quality, compassion, efficiency and effectiveness as it tackles the functions of a University - instruction, research, extension, and production.

Ten small arrows spring from the circle to herald the University’s concern for people from all walks of life, through the service and commitment in seven branches and three campuses throughout the nation.

Organizations and publications


  • The PUP has obtained recognition as a Center for Development in the field of Information Technology from the Commission on Higher Education
    Commission on Higher Education (Philippines)
    The Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines, , abbreviated as CHED. The CHED is attached to the Office of the President for administrative purposes...

  • Named as the Virtual Center for Technology Innovation by the Department of Science and Technology
    Department of Science and Technology (Philippines)
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  • The university was deemed the First Cyber University IT Park in the Philippines by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority.
  • It was recognized as a Center for the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program, which allows the PUP to confer degrees on many professionals who have yet to obtain their baccalaureate degrees
    Bachelor's degree
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     after enrolling in a non-traditional structure course of learning.
  • President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo proclaimed PUP as Philippine National Comprehensive University in 2004, during the university's centennial.

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