Universities in the Philippines

Higher Education in the Philippines

2021 Ranking of Philippine Universities

What are the most popular Universities in the Philippines? uniRank tries to answer this question by publishing the 2021 Philippine University Ranking of 232 Philippine higher-education institutions meeting the following uniRank selection criteria:

  • being chartered, licensed or accredited by the appropriate Philippine higher education-related organization
  • offering at least four-year undergraduate degrees (bachelor degrees) or postgraduate degrees (master or doctoral degrees)
  • delivering courses predominantly in a traditional, face-to-face, non-distance education format

Explore the uniRank League Table and University Ranking of 232 Universities in the Philippines

2021 Sub-rankings by regions

The Republic of the Philippines is divided into 17 regions (Filipino: rehiyon) which are further subdivided into provinces (Filipino: lalawigan/probinsiya). The vast majority of higher education institutions meeting the uniRank selection criteria are located in the National Capital Region which is situated in the north of the country, hosts Philippines' capital Manila and the most populated city Quezon City. The following uniRank league tables or sub-rankings take into account all regions which include at least 2 Philippine higher education institutions meeting the uniRank selection criteria.


Bicol Region (9)   Cagayan Valley (10)  
Calabarzon (18)   Camarines Sur (2)  
Caraga Region (5)   Central Luzon (19)  
Central Visayas (17)   Cordillera Administrative Region (6)  
Davao Region (8)   Eastern Visayas (9)  
Ilocos Region (13)   Mimaropa (6)  
National Capital Region (69)   Northern Mindanao (12)  
Soccsksargen (5)   Western Visayas (18)  
Zamboanga Peninsula (4)  

Higher Education in the Philippines

Higher education system in the Philippines
The Philippine higher education system is supervised and under the responsibility of the Commission on Higher Education (Filipino: Komisyon sa Mas Mataas na Edukasyon/Komisyon sa Lalong Mataas na Edukasyon) which was established in 1994 and headquartered in Pasig City. CHED is a government agency, attached to the Office of the President for administrative purposes, that is responsible for determining the policies and direction of the higher education system in the Philippines.
 
Types of higher education institutions in the Philippines
In the Philippines there are 3 different types of higher education institutions including:
  1. Universities: Universities (Filipino: Unibersidad) in the Philippines are multidisciplinary institutions of higher education and research which can provide academic degrees and education in various fields at undergraduate and postgraduate level. uniRank currently includes 143 Philippine Universities.
  2. Colleges: Colleges (Filipino: Kolehiyo) in the Philippines are specialized institutions of higher education which can provide academic degrees and education in a few specific fields mainly at undergraduate level. uniRank currently includes 69 Philippine Colleges.
  3. Professional Institutions: Professional institutions in the Philippines are specialized institutions of higher education which can provide academic degrees and education in a specific professional field.
 
Access to higher education in the Philippines
Philippine students access higher education after a total of at least 13 years of pre-primary, primary (Filipino: paaralang elementarya), secondary (Filipino: paaralang sekundarya) and higher secondary school studies, from the age of 5 to the age of 18, and after obtaining the Senior High School Diploma which is the official Philippine diploma awarded at the end of the higher secondary school.
 
Languages of instruction in the Philippines
University programs and courses are mainly taught in one of the two Philippine national languages, English.
 
Stages of higher education in the Philippines
  1. First stage: the first stage of University-level higher education in the Philippines can last from 4 to 6 years, depending on the area of study, and leads to the award of the Bachelor's degree.
  2. Second stage: once obtained a Bachelor's degree, the second stage of University-level higher education generally lasts 2 years, depending on the area of study, and leads to the award of the Masterís degree. Alternatively Certificates and Diplomas are conferred on completion of one or two years of study beyond the Bachelor's degree.
  3. Third stage: the third and last stage of University-level higher education in the Philippines requires at least 3 years, depending on the area of study, and leads to the award of the Ph.D. or Doctoral degree.


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