Central Philippine University

CPU was founded in 1905 as the Jaro Industrial School by missionaries of the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society. It started as an Elementary Vocational School for poor boys who worked for their board and tuition.

Dr.William Orison Valentine, the first principal and the founder, worked for its incorporation and recognition by the Philippine Government.

To accommodate the need for tertiary education in the area, a junior college was opened in 1923 and the name of the school was changed to Central Philippine College. Senior college started to be opened in 1936.

When war broke out during the Second World War, the college’s buildings were destroyed. Eleven American missionaries were massacred by the occupying Japanese forces and several students, faculty, staff and alumni joined the guerrilla movement. Some died in the process. After the war ended, the college was reopened by remaining members of the faculty as well as by returning missionaries. Reconstruction was made possible through funds coming from friends at home and abroad. On the 1 April 1953, the college gained government recognition as a university, converting the college into what is now known as the Central Philippine University.

Currently, it is affiliated with the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches and maintains fraternal ties with the International Ministries of the American Baptist Churches (known before as the American Foreign Mission Society) and the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia. The university is also a member of the Association of Christian Schools, Colleges and Universities (ACSCU) and the Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia.



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