LEGAZPI CITY – Bicol University (BU), the largest state-run higher education institution in the region with main campuses here has recently been given certification as a passer in the international standards on management and academic services in tertiary education.
BU President Dr. Fay Lea Patria Lauraya said the university has received recently the certification which serves as proof that it had passed the worldwide quality management system (QMS) set by the International Standardization Organization (ISO) through auditors from the Germany-based Technicher Uberwachungs Verein-Technical Inspection Association-TUV.
Lauraya said that the ISO accreditation gives BU the privilege to level up with fellow ISO accredited schools in other countries and gain international market access such as exchange of learning strategies, students and program offerings.
“BU as now ISO accredited, we expect better opportunities for our graduates once they decide to work abroad or even merely to continue their post-graduate courses outside the Philippines,” Lauraya said.
With this, she said BU would open additional programs such as medicine meteorology and courses incorporating climate change adaptation.
Albay Governor Joey Salceda expressed elation over the development and vowed that the provincial government would extend all its resources to further improve the services of the state-run university.
“In fact, Albay’s scholarship programs benefit thousands of BU students already, and more are set to benefit through our expanded Albay Higher Education Contribution Scheme (AHECS),” Salceda added.
As the biggest tertiary school in Bicol, and the most populous in the country, BU is consistently producing topnotchers in accountancy, engineering, nursing and teachers’ board exams.
Aside from its main campuses here, BU also has satellite and extension schools in Tabaco City that offers courses in fisheries; Daraga, Guinobatan and Polangui in Albay offering education, arts, agriculture and engineering careers; Gubat in Sorsogon; and Camp Crame in Quezon City that offers courses in public safety. (Danny O. Calleja/PNA)