4 May 2023

Introducing our Member: University of the Immaculate Conception (AUN-QA Member)

Ninnart Ratanasukhon
AUN Programme Officer;

From 26-31 March 2023, the AUN Secretariat was honoured by its esteemed AUN and AUN-QA members for a courtesy visit in the beautiful city of Davao, the Philippines. In this series of articles, we are delighted to tell you more about our honourable members and what they are up to!

Last week, we introduced the youngest member of the Lyceum of the Philippines system and our associate member, Lyceum of the Philippines Davao. This week, we are delighted to take you to the University of the Immaculate Conception (UIC), the longest-standing Catholic educational institution in the city of Davao. This institute with 118 years of history is continuing strong on its path of excellence with vigorous accreditation and standardisation.

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University of the Immaculate Conception, Father Selga Campus

University of the Immaculate Conception traces its history back to the Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM) in 1905. The university started humbly with three sisters of the Congregation catechizing children in Davao. Now, 118 years have passed, and the university is now offering a wide range of educational services to its community, from K-12 Education to tertiary education in science, technology, arts, humanities, business, and teacher education. More than 20 undergraduate degree programmes and more than ten graduate degree programmes are now offered through its ten colleges and three campuses.

With its vision of becoming a globally recognised Catholic university that nurtures faith and passion for excellence, University of the Immaculate Conception has been vigorous in assuring and standardising the quality of its education through accreditation. Its institutional accreditation was recently renewed in 2020 by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) through PAASCU (Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities).   It also received ISO 9001:2015 from TUV Rhineland for Design and Development, Delivery of Educational Services including Basic Education (K-12), Higher Education, and Technical – Vocational Training and Assessment.

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University of the Immaculate Conception, Bonifacio Campus

In 2018, University of the Immaculate Conception also became a member of the AUN-QA Family and underwent its first AUN-QA Programme Assessment 2020, the first university in Mindanao to do so! Four programmes of UIC, namely, Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology recently underwent the 323rd AUN-QA Programme Assessment from 28-30 March 2023 as well.

University of the Immaculate Conception now enjoys 20 years of autonomous status, the highest recognition granted by the Commission of Higher Education to higher educational institutions in the Philippines for meeting the requirement of providing quality education.