ABOUT Catanduanes State University
The Green University
Catanduanes State University (CatSU) is proud of its extensive land resources and a dedicated team of professionals and skilled individuals who contribute to the vision of a hopeful future for the beautiful island of Catanduanes. The CatSU Campus is situated 155 feet above sea level, covering an expansive area of 90 hectares with lush plains and rolling hills. The campus offers a picturesque view, complemented by a majestic mountain range in the backdrop.
Over the past four decades, CatSU has demonstrated its commitment to providing quality education, earning recognition in the fields of instruction, research, extension, and production. It is categorized as SUC Level III-A and has been included in PASUC-AIM Philippines' Top 19 State Universities and Colleges in the Philippines with High Business Potential in Land and Equipment Assets, Human Resources, and Technological Capital.
Recently, CatSU was honored as one of the 100 Best Universities in the Philippines according to the independent ranking by EduRank.org in 2023. Additionally, CatSU has been acknowledged as one of the top three universities in the Bicol region by the FindUniversity.ph Philippines Universities Ranking, based on the aggregated passing rates of its graduates in board exams.
CatSU has earned various designations from CHED, including being recognized as a Center of Development in Teacher Education and Business Education. It is also designated as a Provincial Institute of Agriculture and has received prestigious regional and national awards for its commitment to eco-friendly practices, such as the Bicol Saringaya Award Champion from DENR-V and being named a Regional and National winner in the Search for Eco-Friendly Schools. The Provincial Government of Catanduanes has also bestowed the Dangal ng Kalikasan Award upon CatSU.
Under the leadership of CatSU President, Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza, an expert in environmental protection and economic development, the university has established two Economic Zones in Catanduanes in accordance with PD 1151 (Philippine Environmental Policy): The Agro-Industrial Economic and Processing Zone and the Knowledge, Innovations, Science and Technology (KIST) Park. These groundbreaking initiatives were inaugurated on May 25, 2023, with the presence of PEZA Chief, Director General Tereso O. Panga. Furthermore, CatSU launched the CatSU Smart Greenhouse as part of its Edu-Eco Tourism Project. This solar-powered, remotely controlled, and online-monitored smart agriculture system, which includes hydroponic, aquaponic, and aeroponic setups, aims to enhance the skills and academic competence of agriculture students, providing them with a competitive edge in the real world.
The Solar MicroGrid at CatSU reflects Dr. Azanza's commitment to people-centered and planet-friendly policies as outlined in his Vision of HOPE. By tapping into renewable energy sources, the university promotes sustainable practices.
CatSU takes pride in being the first SUC in the country to possess a hybrid solar photovoltaic system. Equipped with a 750 KVA standby generator set, the university ensures an alternative power source during periods of insufficient sunlight or unexpected power outages.
The university's administrative and academic excellence has been acknowledged by the Civil Service Commission, naming CatSU as the best Government Agency in Region V. Additionally, it has received multiple awards from the Professional Regulations Commission as the Best Performing School nationwide. CatSU's profile of excellence, including its AACCUP-accredited academic programs and CHED Center for Development-designated Business Education and Teacher Education programs, attracts students from Catanduanes, neighboring provinces in the Bicol Region, and across the nation. The continuous enhancement of the university's status has led to a steady increase in student enrollment over the years.
These accomplishments demonstrate CatSU's institutional strength, which synergizes with the abundant natural resources of Catanduanes. The university is well-positioned to utilize its potential for instruction, research, extension, and production.