Foundation University establishes her niche in this university town as she
commemorates her 74 th founding anniversary on July 4, 2023. Anchored on the theme,
“FU @ 74: Proudly Soar,” the university, together with her constituents and
stakeholders, shows to the world that she can weather any storm.
As the world struggled amid the ravages wrought by the CoViD-19 pandemic for
more than two years, Foundation University overcame the obstacles with grit,
determination, and resilience. With full face-to-face classes back in all levels, the
campus brims with life as teachers and learners make up for time spent online.
As a trailblazer in the use of digital technology in the delivery of instruction,
particularly at Foundation Preparatory Academy, adapting to classes held virtually did
not pose a problem during the pandemic as teachers and students were adept with
using technology through its iPad program. College instructors followed suit until today
where the university implements the hybrid-flexible (hyflex) learning modality through
the university learning management system known as the Foundation University
Expanded Learning (FUEL).
It must be this edge on digital technology that Foundation University has that
made her responsive to such challenges as seen in the enrolment figures which were
better than those prior to the pandemic.
As education in the 21 st century gets to be more innovative and even creative,
university president Arch. Victor Vicente “Dean” G. Sinco expounds: “We have felt that
the inclusion of technology in instruction has always been a necessity for the past,
present and, definitely, the future. But, it isn’t technology that is revolutionary as the
digital devices are just tools. What we have realized is that technology lends itself very
well to insuring that information and skills are learned, assimilated, and well
implemented when the students are asked to do so.”
The Program for Uncompromised Personalized Attention (PUPA), uniquely a
trademark of Foundation University, has kept the bond stronger between teachers and
learners. “We have had PUPA for more than two decades now and this philosophy
works very well with today’s paradigm. We are moving from teaching to mentoring and
now, finally, to coaching. Coaching requires not only the training and assimilation of
knowledge, but also understanding on how to get the students to peak, such as in a
sports match, so the end results are of the highest caliber in performance. Grades, in
this regard, are in our minds quite irrelevant, but performance is of the most import,”
He expressed his desire to see the day when locals would have no compelling
need to look for jobs outside because there are industries in the city or nearby, thus,
you can choose to leave if you want to, or you can stay.
“I wish to change the mindset where there is enough empathy to learn from
others and not feel intimidated. The challenges in the past have tested how far
Foundation University can go,” adds Sinco.
As Foundation University looks forward with optimism and hope to her Diamond
Jubilee by 2024, the core values of excellence, commitment, integrity, and service are
her guiding hallmarks.
By far, among her degree programs, Business Administration and Liberal Arts
have been granted Level 3 re-accreditation status by the Philippine Association of
Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA). The B.S.
Elementary Education and the B.S. Secondary Education Programs are now on its first
Level 3 re-accredited status from PACUCOA. Moreover, Industrial Engineering is on its
second Level 2 re-accredited status from the Philippine Accrediting Association of
Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU). The Master in Business Administration
and the Master of Arts in Education are on Level 1 candidate status.
In January this year, the following programs have been accorded Associate
Status by PACUCOA, namely: A.B. Broadcast Communication, B.S. Biology, B.S.
Criminology, B.S. Hospitality Management, and Master in Public Administration.
The university is also working on improving its facilities. Expected to be
completed by the first quarter of 2024 is the Foundation Preparatory Academy Science
Wing and Art Gallery. An extension of the College of Nursing building is in the pipeline,
especially that the College expects to have an enrolment of up to 2,000 by academic
year 2025-2026. Similarly, the Main Library is expected to complete its renovation and
expansion by the first quarter of 2025. Also among the structures that will undergo
refurbishing and renovation until 2027 are the Department of Architecture and Fine Arts,
and the College of Hospitality Management.
In the words of her founder, Dr. Vicente G. Sinco, a native of Negros Oriental
who came from a challenging socio-economic background because of his religious
lineage and who, among other achievements, became dean of the College of Law of the
University of the Philippines (UP) and served as UP’s president from 1958-1962: “We
want to educate men and women whose only passport is intellectual competence;
whose pursuit is excellence of mind, body, and character; and whose quest is for
freedom and truth.”
As his grandson, Dean Sinco, added: “We wish to welcome to the university not
only students with a similar background as my grandfather’s, but also those with affluent
means, coming from all tracks of life, and to learn from the environment they came
Dr. Sinco started the then Foundation College 74 years ago with the mission of
“promoting a climate of excellence in the pursuit of new knowledge and life-long
learning in the service of society.”
Such is the thrust of Foundation University through the years, guided by her
founder’s mission. The legacy of Dr. Vicente G. Sinco lives on in his grandson, Victor
Vicente G. Sinco, the current president, as well as in the women and men who have
imbibed the university’s mission and vision either as members of the administration, as
faculty and staff, as students, and as alumni. (Cecile M. Genove)