Defensor wants to double QC University’s enrollment

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Anakalusugan Rep. Michael Defensor on Friday underscored the need to increase the enrollment of local government-run Quezon City University (QCU) to 17,000.

Defensor said the QCU can offer a wider range of bachelor’s degree programs to draw in more students.

“We will form a partnership between the University of the Philippines (UP) and QCU to aggressively develop the latter’s liberal arts education,” said Defensor, a UP alumnus.

He said the university’s enrollment can be increased by 15% every year until the current enrollment is doubled to 17,000.

“Our initial goal is to add BS Psychology, BS Biology, AB English, and BS Math, among others, to QCU’s program offerings,” Defensor added.

At present, QCU offers only six bachelor’s degree programs in Accountancy, Entrepreneurship, Early Childhood Education, Industrial Engineering, Electronics Engineering, and Information Technology.

Defensor also vowed to expand QCU’s main campus and its satellite campuses so that students would be able to go to school closer to their homes.

QCU’s main campus is along Quirino Highway in Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches. It has two satellite campuses in Barangay Batasan Hills and Barangay Sto. Cristo.

Defensor envisions QCU to produce highly qualified college graduates that are readily employable to help lift their families out of poverty.

QCU students became eligible for free tuition and miscellaneous fees just last year under the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.