PSU marks 30th year on July 27-28

July 31, 2010 at 1:51 pm Leave a comment

By Yolanda Sotelo

LINGAYEN– The Pangasinan State University will mark its 30th foundation day on July 27-28, celebrating the successes it has gained in academics, research and extension during its three decades of existence.
The PSU has nine campuses, the latest of which is PSU-Alaminos City , and has grown from “struggling school” into a university to reckon with, with its passing rates in different board examinations higher than the national rates.
PSU President Victoriano Estira said its newest curricular offering is nursing which is offered at PSU-Bayambang. Its first batch of board examinees in 2008 garnered a passing rate of 79.5 percent, making it the number one among small nursing schools (30 or less examinees) in the Ilocos Region and number seven nationwide.
In 2009, 26 out of the 33 nursing boards examinees passed, and PSU clinched again the number one position among medium nursing school (31or more examinees) in the region, Estira said.
“Most of our graduates in engineering and architecture at PSU-Urdaneta likewise pass the board exams in those fields,” Estira said.
The PSU sends BS Business Management and BS Hospitality Management (formerly hotel and restaurant management) students to Singapore as part of their on-the-job training through the student internship abroad program of the Commission on Higher Education.
Estira said at present, there are 72 PSU students deployed to different establishments in Singapore , with big chances of permanent employment because “the like our students because they are patient, friendly and industrious.’
“We have beaten private schools in Dagupan City in terms of deployment of students to Singapore for on-the-job training. Some schools have lost their accreditation with Singapore ’s Ministry of Employment. Now we have to ask other schools to cross-enroll their students at the PSU when we have no more student to send. This gives their students to have chances for on-the-job training abroad,” he said.
But the PSU also has its setback, too, especially in agriculture and fishery courses which failed to attract students to its Binmaley campus.
“We used to be a center for excellence in fisheries, but this was withdrawn when our enrollment dropped to less than one hundred,” he said.
The university offers free tuition to increase enrollment in the fishery courses, but still there were less students enrolling.
Two years ago, the PSU offered extension classes on fishery in Bani with around 200 students.
“We’re getting back on track. But it may take a while before we can regain our center for excellence status,” Estira said.
As for agriculture, enrollment still going down that the PSU is planning to shift courses offered at the PSU-San Carlos City to business management.
PSU, founded in 1979, is an integration of several state colleges in Pangasinan. Its biggest campus in terms of enrollment was the then Central Luzon Teachers College in Bayambang, a popular college for teacher education course.
CLTC merged with the Western Pangasinan Agricultural College (PSU-Infanta), and then integrated with the college levels of Speaker Eugenio Perez National Agricultural School ( PSU- San Carlos City ), Pangasinan School of Arts and Trades (PSU- Lingayen), Luciano Millan Memorial School of Arts and Trades (PSU-Asingan), Pangasinan College of Fisheries in Binmaley (PSU-Binmaley), and Eastern Pangasinan Agricultural College (PSU-Sta. Maria).
From less than 5,000 students during its early years, its enrollment jumped to 18,000 this year, Estira said.
It conducts admission tests for freshmen and has strict requirements for “quota courses” or those covered by board examinations, while it has “selective retention” for non-quota courses.
“We are aiming for quality but affordable education. And even those who can afford private colleges and universities are enrolling at the PSU because we have carved a name in the different fields,” Estira said.

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