5 of the Best Courses to Take at Polytechnic University of the Philippines

Fun fact: It's the largest university in the Philippines!
by Leika Golez   |  Jul 1, 2022
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With over 70,000 students and 2,000 faculty members, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) is by far the largest university in the Philippines. After the school was founded in 1904 as Manila Business School, it soon became the first-ever state university in the Philippines. Consequently, the institution has now produced more than 250,000 successful alumni in the fields of business, public service, media, science, engineering, and education. It’s also one of the most accessible universities in the Philippines since it has 22 campuses around the country and the lowest tuition fees among higher educational institutions. The university also offers a wide range of bachelor’s degree courses that train undergraduate students to become future professionals in their respective careers. 

If you’re interested in joining their diverse student body, keep reading to learn more about five of the best courses to take at PUP.  

1. Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

Hailed as a Center of Development for Excellence by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), PUP’s journalism program is a top pick among aspiring media practitioners in the nation. Apart from having a Level III Accreditation Status from Accrediting Agencies of Charted Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP), it also ranked fifth in QS World University Rankings’ Communications and Media Studies category in 2013. Students enrolled in this course are expected to develop strong writing and reporting skills, as well as master various production and distribution techniques for all kinds of media platforms. This is why the program has already housed many renowned reporters today, from news anchor Ted Failon to CNN correspondent Jaime FlorCruz.  

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2. Bachelor of Arts in Filipino

Like their Journalism course, PUP’s Filipino program is also a CHED Center of Development for Excellence that has received a Level III Accreditation from AACCUP. In a nutshell, the curriculum aims to educate students about Filipino literature and culture in the context of the current digital age. As experts of written and oral communication in the Filipino language, graduates of this course can become literary examiners, teachers, researchers, writers, and translators upon completing their studies. 

3. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, major in Human Resource Development Management

Recently having gained Level IV re-accreditation from AACCUP, the university’s Business Administration, major in Human Resource Development Management course is usually lauded for its academic depth and rigor. The program seeks to help students understand different concepts and theories in Human Resource, especially within the corporate environment. Likewise, the program has already produced well-rounded individuals who have gone on to become executive assistants, human resource associates, recruitment managers, and legal officers. In a nutshell, this is the best course to take if you plan to go corporate!


4. Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

PUP’s Computer Engineering curriculum is divided into four tracks: Computer Network Engineering, Machine Learning, Big Data, and System Development. Although every track comes with specialized core classes, the course as a whole is generally centered on computer systems and electronic equipment. Rather than simply discussing the theories of computation, the course utilizes a holistic, hands-on approach to prepare students for their future positions as computer engineers, system programmers, and technological manufacturers. Technical skills aside, graduates are also required to possess leadership and critical thinking skills so that they can apply their classroom learnings to real-world situations. Due to the course’s innovative approach to technology, the AACCUP bestowed the program with a Level IV Re-accreditation that’s valid until 2027. 

5. Bachelor of Science in Economics 

This four-year undergraduate program was recently improved to be in line with the international standards of the Bologna Accord’s higher education qualifications. Now, the globally competitive course encourages budding economic practitioners to use their knowledge in statistics and scientific research to alleviate social concerns. Other than completing the classroom requirements of the curriculum, students will also be required to undergo a two-year residence for out-of-the-class learnings. While most program alumni turn out to be economic analysts, graduates may also pursue corporate planning and bank analyst jobs with this degree. 



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