Central Philippine University

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Central Philippine University (CPU) is a private research university located in Iloilo City, Philippines. Founded by American missionaries in 1905, it is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the country. The university is known for its strong emphasis on academic excellence, research, and Christian values.

History[edit | edit source]

Central Philippine University was established through the initiatives of American missionaries from the Baptist denomination. It started as a small elementary school called the Jaro Industrial School with the primary intention of providing education and vocational training to the underprivileged youth of the region. Over the years, it expanded its academic offerings and was granted university status in 1953, becoming known as Central Philippine University.

Campus[edit | edit source]

The CPU campus is renowned for its lush greenery, sprawling over a vast area in Iloilo City. It houses several academic buildings, research centers, libraries, and student residence halls. The university's infrastructure supports its commitment to providing a conducive learning environment for its students.

Academic Programs[edit | edit source]

Central Philippine University offers a wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs across various fields of study. These include Engineering, Business Administration, Nursing, Pharmacy, Law, and Theology, among others. The university is particularly noted for its strong programs in Health Sciences, with its College of Nursing being one of the oldest and most respected nursing schools in Asia.

Research and Development[edit | edit source]

CPU is actively involved in research and development, contributing significantly to various fields, including Agriculture, Renewable Energy, Public Health, and Information Technology. The university has established several research centers and institutes to foster innovation and scholarly activities among its faculty and students.

Community Engagement[edit | edit source]

True to its Christian mission, Central Philippine University is deeply committed to community service and outreach programs. It regularly conducts medical missions, community development projects, and environmental conservation efforts, impacting positively on the lives of people in its surrounding communities.

Notable Alumni[edit | edit source]

Over the years, Central Philippine University has produced a number of notable alumni who have made significant contributions in their respective fields, both in the Philippines and internationally. These include leaders in government, industry, healthcare, and academia.

Affiliations[edit | edit source]

CPU is affiliated with various local and international organizations, enhancing its global presence and collaboration in education and research. These affiliations include the Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia (ACUCA) and the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL).


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