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St. Paul University Philippines
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St. Paul University Philippines (SPUP) was founded on May 10, 1907, as Colegio de San Pablo, by the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres (i.e., Mother Ephrem Marie Fieu, Sr. Suzanne du Sacre Coeur Cran, Sr. Agnes de Sainte Anne Couplan, and Sr. Jeanne de St. Louis Bourrelly, Sr. Marie Angeline Acau and Postulant Sr. Ste. Foy de Sacre Coeur Sacramento), who came to Cagayan Valley upon the invitation of Bishop Dennis Dougherty. The school’s name was changed to Colegio del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus in 1909, then to Sacred Heart of Jesus Institution (SHOJI) in 1925. The school started in a Spanish Convento, adjoining the Cathedral, but due to increase of enrollment and curricular expansion, the community moved to the Colegio de San Jacinto and its grounds in 1934 (where the University stands today) which the SPC Sisters acquired from the Dominican Order.

In its efforts towards global and international education, SPUP gained the distinction of being the First Private Catholic University in Asia and the First Private University in the Philippines to be granted ISO 9001 Certification by TUV Rheinland in 2000, and the only University accredited by the Asian Association of Schools of Business International in 2014. SPUP has also been selected by the World Bank as one of only 11 universities in the Philippines as Knowledge for Development Center.

Moreover, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has designated SPUP as one of the 12 participating schools in the entire country for the ASEAN International Mobility for Students programme. In July 2014, SPUP was conferred a full accredited status by the International Accreditation Organization (IAO) in recognition of its outstanding organizational management, business management and business performance through its commitment to quality and continuous improvement. SPUP has also been sought as a partner University of international schools in Asia, Europe and Australia.

These accolades advanced the stature of SPUP as an International University. Currently, the international community in SPUP, comprising of international and exchange students and professors, is continuously growing; while, its international linkages and partnerships are extensively expanding. Subsequently the pioneering Internationalization initiatives of SPUP have fostered opportunities for SPUP students and teachers for their academic exposure and exchange, work and travel, and cultural immersions in various countries across the world. As a result, SPUP has been recognized as an affiliate of the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network for its support to international understanding, peace, intercultural dialogue, sustainable development and quality education in practice.

In February 2017, SPUP and the Philippine Institute for Development Studies signed a memorandum of understanding in the promotion of knowledge networking in the country.

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