Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology
Founded in 1929, the Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology (NEUST), formerly known as Central Luzon Polytechnic College, is a publicly-funded university located in the Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, the Philippines. The university offers graduate and undergraduate courses in many specialized fields as well as vocational training programs.
NEUST started as the Nueva Ecija Trade School (NETS) in San Isidro, Nueva Ecija on June 7, 1929, offering vocational opportunities to the youth of the province. The only course offered was woodworking in addition to the existing secondary curriculum that was inherited from the Wright Institute.
To meet the increasing demand for vocational education in the whole province, the trade school was transferred to Cabanatuan City on June 7, 1931. Enrolment increased; however, the program was interrupted by the Second World War which broke up in the Pacific in December 1941.
Immediately after the war, the trade school was reopened on September 6, 1945. A rehabilitation program took place. The trade school continued its mission to meet the vocational and manpower needs of students coming from Nueva Ecija and the nearby provinces. On June 8, 1948, a course in dressmaking was opened and female students were admitted. A few years later, food trades and cosmetology courses were offered.
On May 8, 1953, the NETS was converted into the Central Luzon School of Arts and Trades (CLSAT) by virtue of Republic Act No. 845. CLSAT was recognized as a center of manpower/vocational training for both youth and adults not only in the province but also in the whole Region III.
The series of development continued until the CLSAT was converted into the Central Luzon Polytechnic College (CLPC) by virtue of Republic Act No. 3998 signed on June 18, 1964 by President Diosdado Macapagal.
The College was Converted into Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology (NEUST) on March 27, 1998 by virtue of Republic Act No. 8612.
The Bill converting CLPC into NEUST was signed by speaker Jose de Venecia on February 19, 1998; it was forwarded to President Fidel V. Ramos on February 24, 1998 and lapsed into Law on March 27, 1998.
The expansion of NEUST is evident not only in terms of program offerings, number of enrollees and land acquisitions, but also in terms of linkages with both local and international entities. As part of the expansion, the University has brought its graduate and undergraduate programs in China and has also hosted the South Korea’s Master of Science in Information Technology, which is presently being offered at NEUST by the Han Nam University. Still expanding, NEUST hopes to soon be at the peak of development and excellence.
As provided for in RA 8612, NEUST’s mission is two-fold to primarily provide advanced instruction, professional training in arts, science and technology, education and other related fields, undertake research and extension services, and provide progressive leadership in these areas; and to offer graduate, undergraduate and short term technical courses within its areas of specifications and according to its capabilities, considering the needs of the province, the region and the country.
The University envision to be a recognized educational leader in Region III managed by committed and ethical public servants where a culture of excellence, high ethical standards and solidarity thrives and prospers in each of the University’s academic and administrative departments and units; and each college, institute and campus is a center of development/excellence in transforming students, alumni and other clientele into high quality, competent and ethical leaders, professionals and/or middle level manpower in the fields of science, technology, education, management arts and technology-based education and training.