LEYTE Normal University (LNU) in Tacloban City will soon open its P2.6-billion state-of-the-art campus in the nearby town of Palo, Leyte.
"Excellence -- we want to keep it that way! With cutting edge facilities, LNU aims to deliver the best service to its students in the region as the 21st century hub for education. As a leading university, we aspire for Level 4 accreditation and ISO certification, and we aim to produce topnotchers in all programs and maintain as top performing university in the country," said Jude Duarte, university president.
On Wednesday, October 9, Duarte signed the deed of usufruct for a five-hectare lot with Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla and LNU chief administrative officer Rey Garnace for the building project.
The new campus, designed by Architect Primier Solajes, will be located at the Leyte Government Center in Palo, about 13 kilometers away from Tacloban.
"We are still looking for funding. But we should build the infrastructure within two years," said Garnace.
"There is already a memorandum of agreement (for the project). It was approved by the Board of Trustees," he added.
At present, LNU has about 6,500 students and about 300 employees.
"We target to house another 6,000 students at the new campus," said Garnace.
According to the university official, the project was conceptualized to increase the enrollment of LNU.
"Anchored on the 21st century education, the state-of-the-art LNU campus provides cutting edge infrastructure, equipment, facilities, and resources where students and teachers employ collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. The environment will also allow the learners to enjoy information literacy, media literacy, technology literacy, and flexibility," the 48-year-old administrative officer told SunStar Philippines.
Meanwhile, LNU garnered the second highest national passing rate in the August 2019 Social Work Board Examination, with 97.96 percent.
A total of 48 out of 49 examinees passed the test, placing LNU second to the University of the Philippines.
LNU's Xhelxea Francesca Lerios also ranked second during the said examination with a rating of 83.20 percent.
First established as Provincial Normal School in 1921, LNU became a university in 1995 through Republic Act 7910. (SunStar Philippines)