Relentless in giving justice to its “Taking the Lead” tagline, Lyceum of the Philippines University in Batangas reaped another “first” as the Investors in People (IiP) Philippine Recognition Panel awards IiP recognition to the university. Achieving the IiP Standard, LPU Batangas is the first academic institution to be IiP-recognized in the entire country. IiP is an international quality standard focused on people aimed at improving business performance. It was developed in the United Kingdom (UK) and introduced in 1991, primarily concerned on best practices in people management.
IiP Journey: An LPU Batangas Experience
The IiP recognition attained by LPU Batangas is an upshot of a long yet very worthy journey. In January 2009, the university had Feedback Meetings and Training Workshop, followed by an IiP Workshop in February same year. Came July, IiP was officially and formally launched to the LPU community and right there and then became very much a part of the system. First IiP Session took place in November 2009 while it was in December when the IiP Group Session was held. The following year, an IiP Orientation for Administrative & Teaching Staff was carried out by January, followed by an IiP Self Assessors Workshop last March 2010. During the month of May same year, LPU Batangas had the IiP Self Assessors Final Orientation. Review of IiP Assessment Guide, Meeting of IiP Internal Assessor and IiP Internal Asessment Opening Meeting happened a month after. By August 2010, gaps identified were already submitted, just in time for the November 2010 Focused Group Discussion. First month of year 2011, the university went through an IiP Trainors’ Training, an IiP On-Site Briefing and finally, the much awaited IiP On-Site Assessment. Came February 16, 2011, IiP Philippines and the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP), the premier organization of human resource practitioners and people managers, released the result and congratulated LPU Batangas for the great achievement not just for passing the assessment, but also for being the first IiP-recognized university in the Philippines. Not just getting work done through people, but developing people through work, LPU Batangas is enjoying another remarkable repute — this time in people management.
The School that Takes the Lead
Lyceum of the Philippines University – a name that resounds in the realm of the academe. What is in the name? LPU suggests the reputation of an established institution renowned for quality and excellence; the kind that is refined and tested through the years. As the endearing product of industry and passion for education, it was established in 1966 by a person with an equally resonating name – the late Senator Sotero H. Laurel. Leveraging on the philosophy of his father, Philippine President Jose P. Laurel- “Veritas et Fortitudo” (truth and fortitude) and “ Pro Deo et Patria” ( for God and country), Sen. Laurel carried the errand of providing an accessible and superior college education to the Batangas Province which he in turn bequeathed among his people. The vivacity of this errand is now being widened in scope as LPU Batangas (formerly Lyceum of BAtangas) introduces itself in the regional and national academic arena. To date, LPU bears with its name the following citations:
- Granted Autonomous Status by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)
- Certified ISO 9001:2008 (schoolwide) by Det Norske Veritas
First HRM program in the Philippines to be recommended as Center of Excellence by the CHED Technical Panel
First Tourism program in the Philippines to be recommended as Center of Development by the CHED Technical Panel
First Accountancy Program in Region IV and in the Philippines to be granted Level 3 Reaccredited Status by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA)
First Tourism Program in Region IV and in the Philippines to be granted Level 3 Reaccredited Status by PACUCOA
- First Nursing Program in Region IV to be granted Level 3 Reaccredited Status by PACUCOA
- First HRM Program in Region IV to be granted Level 3 Reaccredited Status by PACUCOA
- First Marine Transportation Program in Region IV to be granted Level 3 Reaccredited Status by PACUCOA
- First Marine Engineering Program in Region IV to be granted Level 3 Reaccredited Status by PACUCOA
- Granted Level 3 Reaccredited Status for Business Administration and Liberal Arts by PACUCOA
- Granted Level 2 First Reaccredited Status for Medical Technology, and Computer Science by PACUCOA
- Granted Level 1 Formal Accredited Status for Master in Business Administration by PACUCOA
- Deputized Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP) HEI by CHED for BS Business Administration, BS Hotel and Restaurant Management, and BS Nursing
- Affiliated with Dusit Thani College, the world-class hospitality institute of Dusit International
The aforementioned awards and recognitions are consonant to the university’s habit of excellence as it constantly produces a number of board topnotchers in various fields. As LPU continuously pushes itself to the pinnacle of reaching its goal – achieving optimum customer satisfaction and responding to the need of the present time and beyond, it likewise emerges as one of the sought after universities not only in the region but in the entire Philippines. To back track, LPU was awarded by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities-Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) as the number one among Colleges and Universities nationwide with the most number of accredited programs, Category A in 2006.
With the inspiration of Jose P. Laurel and Sotero H. Laurel, LPU Batangas is ready to persistently soar to the heights of prestige and excellence. And while embracing the challenge of the times, it is all set to do more of Taking the lead!