Vision

The premier university of science and technology in the Visayas.


Mission

Provide excellent instruction, conduct relevant research and foster community engagement that produce highly competent graduates necessary for the development of the country.


Core Values

that will serve as guide for excellence in instruction, research, extension, and production:

  • Relevance. It emphasizes pertinence and applicability of the University to the social well-being of its stakeholders. The University should continually pursue to contribute to society's intellectual, cultural and economic progress. Its scientific and technological endeavours should be shaped by the demands of society, either in the form of knowledge in basic sciences or technology derived from applied and developmental researches;
  • Integrity. The firm adherence to an upright moral code and ethical standards is vital in the University's search for truth. An institution engaged in producing quality human capital and scientific innovation must remain incorruptible in a morally challenging environment. Integrity is crucial in forging synergistic partnerships between the University and its stakeholders. Partnerships founded upon integrity practice transparency and mutual trust;
  • Truth. It is in accord with facts and reality and connotes sincerity in action, character and utterance. The character of an institution is shaped by its ability to stand by the truth and make use of it. The search for truth, the very essence of the academic institution, is the backbone of the scientific process where certainty of results is tested against all known facts. The University is an institution that stands by the truth, reasons in accordance with facts and manifests sincerity in utterance, action and character; and
  • Excellence. A value that centers on the imminent goodness of the quality of services, systems, and outputs of the University. An institution that consistently lives by excellent standards in anything that it does is effective in its search for truth and delivery of socially-relevant, scientific and technological contributions. The stakeholders of the University that includes its students, producers and industries deserve nothing but the best that the institution can offer.
Good to know: VSU's core values are circumscribed the inner part of the university seal. Use the mnemonic "RITE" to remember it easily: Relevance, Integrity, Truth & Excellence.

Goals

  • Sustained Excellence in Instruction. Produce highly competent and world-class manpower in science and technology (S&T), especially for agriculture, environmental management and industries who are proficient in communication skills, critical thinking and analytical abilities,
  • Innovative RDE System and Competitive S&T Products. Generate and disseminate relevant knowledge and technology that lead to improved productivity, profitability and sustainability in agriculture, environment and industries,
  • Adequate and Sustainable Resource Generation Activities. Generate adequate resources to support the University's instruction, research and extension pursuits and physical infrastructure needs in the face of declining government subsidy to state universities and colleges (SUCs),
  • Efficient, Effective and Client-Centered Administrative Support Services. Provide timely, accessible, acceptable and customer-friendly administrative support system that promotes partnership and sense of shared stewardship with students, faculty, alumni and other stakeholders, and
  • Functional and Adequate Physical Facilities and Infrastructure. Provide functional and adequate infrastructure and related facilities essential to a world-class instruction, innovative RDE, sustainable resource generation and efficient administration.

Objectives

  1. To strive for excellence in agriculture education for regional and rural development.
  2. To sharpen its focus on impact programs and projects in instruction, research, and the application of new knowledge for the well-being of the small Visayan farmers and rural families.
  3. To build enduring linkages with national and international institutions and agencies for the promotion of relevant instruction, meaningful research, and effective transmission of useful knowledge in the rural communities in the Visayas.

 


 

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History

From BAS. To BNAS. To VAC. To ViSCA. To LSU. Now VSU.

The institution was established on June 2, 1924 as the Baybay Agricultural School (BAS) through a Provincial Board Resolution.

In 1934, it was renamed Baybay Agricultural High School (BAHS) and was later converted into the Baybay National Agricultural School (BNAS) with the approval of Commonwealth Act No. 313 in 1938.

BNAS was converted into the Visayas Agricultural College (VAC) by virtue of Republic Act (RA) No. 2831 issued on June 19, 1960.

The institution attained rapid growth and development following its conversion into Visayas State College of Agriculture (ViSCA) on May 24, 1974 through Presidential Decree (PD) No. 470 and amended by PD No. 700 on May 12, 1975. In 1999, four institutions of higher education in the province of Leyte were integrated into the College to create a five-campus ViSCA system.

ViSCA became Leyte State University (LSU) through RA No. 9158 issued on August 11, 2001. LSU became Visayas State University (VSU) on April 27, 2007 by virtue of RA No. 9437.

VSU’s mandate is the Visayas. The establishment of VSU realized the thrust of the Philippine government to develop three Zonal Agricultural Universities (ZAU’s) – to serve major regions of the country: for the Visayas, Visayas State University (VSU); for Mindanao, the Central Mindanao University (CMU); and for Luzon, the Central Luzon State University (CLSU).


 

Awards & Achievements

  • Identified by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as Center of Excellence in Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, and Forestry (2000) and Zonal Research Center in Region 8 (2000-2003)
  • Accredited by the Bureau of Immigration to accept international students into its degree programs (2000)
  • Professional Graduates from SY 1953-1954 to SY 2000-2001 totaled 8,522
  • Accredited Level II (Enhanced Accredited Status) in Agriculture and Graduate Education Programs by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines Inc. (AACCUP) (1999)
  • Chosen by CHED as Learning Center for the Massive Upgrading of College Instructors Program for the western part of Leyte, Southern Leyte, and Biliran Provinces since 1998
  • Accredited by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to act on the approval of appointments of personnel and employees since 1994
  • Gintong Ani Awardee of the Department of Agriculture (1988)
  • Granted a New Zealand Government Technical/Fund Support for the Extramural Program for Rural Development (EPRD) (1985)
  • Tanglaw Awardee from the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) (1977 and 1980)
  • Lead Institution of the Visayas Consortium of Agricultural Resources Program (VICARP) since 1978
  • Granted a World Bank (WB) Agricultural Support Fund (1976)
  • Multi-commodity research center in the Visayas since 1975
  • Zonal Agricultural University in the Visayas since 1975

Location & Facilities

Physical Features

The VSU-Main Campus has a total land area of 1,099.4 hectares that extends from the shore of Camotes Sea to the top of Mt. Pangasugan. It comprises the following:

Campus Grounds 61.6 ha.
Research/Experiments 94.0 ha.
Instruction 3.0 ha.
Production Area 104.3 ha.
Pasture Area 114.0 ha.
Forest Reservation 574.2 ha.
Coconut 62.3 ha.
Abaca 25.0 ha.
Rice 7.0 ha.
Orchard 5.0 ha.
Corn 3.0 ha.
Coffee 2.0 ha.
Roads, Creeks/Marshy Areas 44.0 ha.

Buildings

The University main campus has 188 buildings: 21 student dormitories, 75 staff houses, 17 academic buildings, 2 Administration buildings, and 63 others which include the Main Library, Student Union, Convention Center, Center for Continuing Education, Infirmary, Guesthouse, Hostel, Pavilion, Cebu and Manila offices, market, cafeteria, high school, elementary, workshop, DA auxiliary, gymnatorium, marine laboratory, fuel depot, power house, motor pool, garage, nurseries, barns, and 9 research/training centers as follows:

  • Philippine Root Crop Research and Training Center (PhilRootcrops)
  • National Abaca Research Center (NARC)
  • National Coconut Research Center (NCRC) - Visayas
  • Farm and Resource Management Institute (FARMI)
  • Institute for Strategic Research and Development Studies(ISRDS)
  • Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) - Leyte
  • Agricultural Training Institute-National Training Center (ATI-NTC) - Visayas
  • Multi-Media Development Center (MMDC)
  • Institute of Tropical Ecology (ITE)