1995 DWU graduating
students may now be accepted, CHED says
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
Ė The Commission on Higher Education in the Region headed by
Director Ma. Rita Ortiz, has allowed two private schools in the Region
to accept the Divine Word University students who were unable to
finish their collegiate program of study due to the closure of the
Divine Word University in 1995.
Director Ortiz said
she has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Asian Development
Foundation College Chief Executive Officer Dr. Edward Y. Chua and the
Saint Paulís Business School President Absalon Apostol, who both
agreed to give special consideration to the DWU graduating students
and honor them as graduates when they enroll and finish their courses
at the ADFC and SPBS where they will be given Special Orders and
It would be recalled
that when the Divine Word University closed in 1995, some of the
students failed to graduate due to lack of units/subjects and have
failed to finish their courses up to the present. Also, because of the
closure, the Divine Word University could no longer give permits to
study, to the said students.
The former DWU will
release transfer credentials to the said graduating students and the
ADFC and the SPBS will accept them and will no longer require them to
undergo the school program, residency or any requirement pertinent to
however, reminded the said graduating student that the special
consideration is valid only for the period of two years, from June
2006 to June 2008, without any extension.
The Divine Word
University or DWU was a private, Catholic, co-educational institution
of higher learning run by the Society of the Divine Word or SVD in
Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines.
Founded in 1927, it
was closed in June 1995 by the school administrators after a court
ruling favoring its labor union.
DWU was the biggest
and best Catholic institution of higher learning in
Samar (Region VIII). At its peak, it had around 14,000 students,
and a faculty complement of about 400 of the best teachers in Region
VIII. It offered courses in around twenty different fields including
Law and Medicine, and pioneered in indigenous research in the Region.
It produced Board topnotchers year after year, and was considered a
very good cost-effective alternative to more expensive private schools
in Cebu and
for the students of Leyte and Samar.
DWU has produced
around 60,000 graduates, and was a major player in the educational,
religious and economic picture of Region VIII. Its closure caused
severe dislocation in these areas.