Benguet State University, Philippines
Benguet State University (BSU) is one of the few Level IV state universities in the Philippines accredited by the Commission on Higher Education. It is a member of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges and has achieved top level accreditations from the Accrediting Agency for Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines. In the Cordillera Administrative Region, BSU is the premier HEI providing talent development and research innovation in the fields of agriculture and natural resources. The University was declared a National University in Agriculture by the Philippine Department of Agriculture in 2010, and holds recognitions from the Commission on Higher Education for being a Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education, and Centre of Development for Agriculture and Nutrition Dietetics, respectively. BSU offers seven doctoral programs, 32 Master programs, 19 undergraduate programs, as well as several diploma courses. In terms of curricular program offerings, BSU enrols the biggest number of graduate students among state universities in the region. The University trains annually about 10,000 tertiary students per semester and has a human resource base of about 582 employees (284 in teaching and research and 298 in non-teaching functions). Aside from the different colleges and institutes, the university also maintains different centres and projects that aim at fostering employment and entrepreneurship. They include a bakery, Food Processing Centre and Marketing Centre. BSU received an Educational Grant from Saint Louis University under the Philippines Institutional University Cooperation programme. It was implemented from March, 1999 to March, 2010 and covered the following components: ICT development, Library development, Socio-Economic Research and Development, Semi-temperate Vegetable Research and Development.