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Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University (SLU) is an educational institution in Baguio City, approximately two hundred fifty kilometers north of Manila.

Contents [hide]
1 General Information
1.1 History
1.2 SLU Timeline
2 Academics
2.1 Accreditation
3 References

[edit] General Information
Saint Louis University was founded in 1911 by Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae missionaries, to further the Christianizing of the northern Philippines. Its six hectare campus is located 250 kilometers north of Manila in Baguio City, a resort city know was the "Summer Capital of the Philippines". SLU is the largest university in the Northern Philippines with, 20,750 as of November 17, 2007, the students coming all regions of the Philippines as well as overseas. The 30 building campus is located centrally in Baguio drawing an eclectic mix of cultures and nationalities. Today is regarded as one of the Philippines' respected and leading educational institutions that has grown with the demands of the current and future environments for its students and faculty alike, and offers programs from the elementary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate level.

[edit] History
In 1907, the CICM Missionaries arrived in the Philippines, mandated by the Vatican to christianize the northern part of the country. The Missionaries settled in Baguio because of its proximity to both Manila and the mountain province of Benguet beyond the Cordillera mountain range, that was home to numerous indigenous tribes. In 1911, Rev Fr Séraphin Devesse, CICM, founded a one-room elementary school in Baguio for ten local boys, nameing the school the Saint Louis School . In 1915, the the St. Louis school expaned to a vocatial and trade school. In 1915 the school opened a secondary branch. In 1952 the college of Liberal Arts and Commerce was open with Gerard Decaestecker. Other courses and further developments soon followed, under the guidance of the following In 1955, the graduate-level programs of Saint Louis College were granted recognition, and the Philippene government granted university status in 1963.[1]

Rev. Fr. Paul Van Parijs, CICM, was appointed as the 5th President of SLU. The administration of the post-graduate and undergraduate levels was integrated. Each College assumed the responsibility for the administration of specific programs in all levels. 1997 The SLU Laboratory High School was granted its five-year accreditation status by the PAASCU. The SLU Hospital of the Sacred Heart acquired the most modern CT Scan Machine. 1999 Phase I of the Partnership Program among SLU,BSU,Belgian Government Development Agency and the Flemish Inter-University Council was approved and signed. 2000 The SLU Natural Sciences Research Unit was inaugurated through the support of the Flemish Inter-University Council of Belgium. The SLU Internet Library was inaugurated. 2001 SLU was granted Full Autonomy Status by the Commission on Higher Education(CHED) in accordance with the pertinent provisions of the Higher Education Act of 1994.

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The SLU College of Nursing celebrated its Silver Jubilee. SLU and the University of the Cordilleras signed a Memorandum of Agreement on April 6, 2001 for the offering of Master in Science in Civil Engineering major in Geotechnical Engineering. 2002 SLU inaugurated the Sunflower Children’s Center, a center that promotes the welfare and rights of children. SLU, University of the Cordilleras and Benguet Sate University signed a Memorandum of Agreement on April 24,2002 to offer the course in Master of Science in Mountain Engineering. 2003 SLU signed the cooperation commitment with Flemish Universities in Belgium for the University Cooperation Programme involving SLU and Benguet State University and funded by the Belgian government. The SLU College of Education celebrated its Golden Anniversary. Inauguration of the Burgos Administrative Center, the Physical Education Building, SLU Laboratory High School New Annex Building and the bronze statue of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, SLU’s Patron Saint. 2004 The SLU Museum of Arts and Cultures was re-opened to the public. SLU was tapped by the ASEAN-EU University Network Programme to undertake a project on the establishment of a distance study course on Business Economics and Business Reporting.

SLU was ranked third among 296 schools nationwide with high passing rates in various licensure examinations covering the period 1999 to 2003 by the Professional Regulation Commission and the Commission on Higher Education. 2005 The SLU Student Center was inaugurated. It is composed of a 268-bed men’s dormitory, a mess hall and a public canteen. SLU and Sungkonghoe University in Seoul, Korea signed a partnership for the Special Program for English Language and Literature for the latter’s students. SLU and BayanTel Communications signed a partnership for the establishment of a broadband Internet access platform in the university’s Internet Libraries. Rev. Fr. Jessie M. Hechanova was installed as the 6th President of SLU. He is the first natural born Filipino Citizen to hold the highest position in the University. 2006 SLU celebrates its 94th Foundation anniversary with the first-ever "Handog ng SLU sa Baguio" at the Melvin Jones, Burnham Park.

[edit] SLU Timeline
1907 CICM missionaries arrived in the Philippines mandated by the Holy See to evangelize the northern part of the country.
1911 Rev. Fr. Serafino De Vesse, CICM, made a dream come true when he founded the St. Louis Mission School, a one-room wooden shack with ten pupils.
1915 St. Louis School soon became a trade school under Fr. Florimond Carlu, and with the Canonesses of St. Augustine, became a full-complement primary school with the start of the intermediate grades.
1921 The school was named St. Louis School after Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, patron saint of the University. St. Louis School was expanded to the high school level with a separate campus on Cathedral Hill for high school boys, and another at Campo Filipino for the elementary and high school girls.
1951 After the outbreak of WWII, the school reopened and rose above the ruins. The Boys’ High School was placed under the care of CICM Missionaries, and the girls High School under the ICM sisters.
1952 The Combined efforts of Msgr. William Brasseur and Rev. Fr. Rafael Desmedt founded Saint Louis College, then consisting of three departments: Education, Liberal Arts, Commerce and Secretarial. The school started with only 75 students.
1954 The Colleges of Engineering and Law were started.
1956 The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences was started.
1963 Saint Louis College was renamed Saint Louis University after it was conferred with a University status by the Philippine government on May 16, *1963. It was the first private university in northern Philippines to be conferred such distinction.
1967 The College of Liberal Arts expanded into the College of Human Sciences and College of Natural Sciences.
1976 The College of Medicine and the College of Nursing were started.
1977 Cognizant of the need to serve the health needs of the Baguio community, the SLU Hospital of the Sacred Heart was built and inaugurated. The hospital also serves as a training hospital for the students of the Colleges of Medicine and Nursing.
1982 After undergoing a rigid period of evaluation, SLU was granted a deregulated status by the Philippine Association of Accrediting Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).
1983 The Dr. Waldo S. Perfecto Building was erected and inaugurated.
1985 The investiture ceremony of Rev. Fr. Joseph Van Den Daelen, CICM was held.
1986 SLU celebrated 75 years Diamond Jubilee Year with the theme “Sharing Wisdom Building Values for God and Country.”.
1990 The Institute for Information and Computer Science (IICS) was started.
1993 The Center for Culture and the Arts was inaugurated on May 27.
1994 The IICS became the College of Information and Computing Sciences.
1996 The Covered Court was inaugurated.

[edit] Academics
Currently there are nine colleges at Saint Louis University:

College of Accountancy and Commerce[1]
College of Education[2]
College of Engineering and Architecture[3]
College of Human Sciences [4]
College of Information and Computing Sciences[5]
College of Law [6]
College of Medicine [7]
College of Natural Sciences [8]
College of Nursing [9]
Other divisions include:

Saint Louis University Laboratory Elementary School, Baguio City
Saint Louis University Laboratory High School, Baguio City
Saint Louis College, San Fernando City, La Union
University of Saint Louis, Tuguegarao City
Saint Mary's University, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya
Saint Louis School of Mandaue, Mandaue City, Cebu
Maryhurst Seminary, Baguio City
Maryhill School of Theology, Quezon City
Maryshore Seminary, Bacolod City

[edit] Accreditation

Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP)
Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU)
Association of Catholic Universities of the Philippines (ACUP)
Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU)

Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL)
International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU)
International Association of University Presidents (IAUP)
Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU)
Colleges Saint Louis University has nine colleges offering graduate and undergraduate curriculums. They are:

College of Accountancy and Commerce

College of Education

College of Engineering and Architecture

College of Human Sciences

College of Information and Computing Sciences

College of Law

College of Medicine

College of Natural Sciences

College of Nursing

The programs offered by the different colleges are accredited by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). With their exemplary performance, five colleges were given distinctive awards by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED):

College of Education - Center of Excellence for Teacher Education

College of Nursing - Center of Excellence for Nursing Education

College of Engineering and Architecture - Center of Development for Engineering and Architecture and CHED Pilot Center for Graduate Program in Engineering

College of Accountancy and Commerce - Center of Development for Business and Management

College of Natural Sciences - CHED Pilot Center for Graduate Program in Biology.

College of Information & Computing Sciences - Center of Development for Information Technology

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