Taguig becoming a ‘University City’
UP, DLSU to make Taguig a top-notch academic center
Soon, institutions of higher learning considered as centers of academic and professional excellence will emerge in Taguig City.
The local government of Taguig, in ardent anticipation of a major academic development in the city, announced that two of the country’s top universities – the University of the Philippines (UP) and the De La Salle University (DLSU) – are set to open separate campuses in BGC envisioned to offer mostly graduate studies.
“We in Taguig are very excited about these developments. With a very dynamic community like our city, the possibilities are almost endless. First, it brings these universities just within arm’s reach of Taguigenos especially our youth and, second, the bright minds all over the country will be flocking to BGC,” Mayor Lani Cayetano said.
“And it does not stop there. We can think of a lot of employment and educational implications that the presence of these top schools will bring Taguig. And we are more than happy to welcome them.”
UP, which officially held a ground-breaking ceremony in 2012, has already started the construction of the UP Professional Schools campus on a 4,300-square meter lot at the northeast side of BGC.
This extension school is seen to primarily host post-graduate students and programs for UP’s colleges of law, business, and engineering, as well as from its school of statistics.
DLSU, on the other hand, will also have its College of Law campus in BGC within this year, in consonance with the possible establishment of extension offices of the Supreme Court and the UP College of Law in Taguig’s premier business district.
Pursuant to DLSU’s strategic development plan, a six-storey building will be built on a 1,395-square meter property which will house the DLSU-COL, along with its related professional programs. Though it is still on its planning stage, DLSU’s BGC campus will either serve as a satellite campus of its College of Law, or contain the entire college after a complete relocation.
“BGC is already home to several international schools and having these two top universities will surely bring honor to Taguig City. In a sense, it is also in accordance with our administration’s centerpiece programs, which lists education as our highest priority,” Mayor Lani stated.
Several schools have taken root in Taguig City, including top-caliber educational institutions such as the British School Manila, the International School Manila, the Chinese International School, the Manila Japanese School and the MGC New Life Christian Academy, which produced math wizards such as Farrell Eldrian Wu who had been included in the 10 Smartest Kids in the World.
Taguig is also home to the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, the Technological University of the Philippines and the Taguig City University. ###