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14 February 2011

T O       :           The Lasallian Community

F R       :           Br. Ricardo P. Laguda FSC

R E       :           Proposed DLSU-DLSC Integration and Merger

Background on the DLSU-DLSC Integration and Merger

With a full century of shaping leaders and achievers who help shape the nation, De La Salle University marks 2011 as both a time of looking back and a time of envisioning the future. As the institution identifies its thrusts and strategic targets beyond its centennial, it seeks to make Lasallian education faithful to the innovative and transformative spirit of its Founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle.   

Today, De La Salle University holds an approximately16,000 students on its six-hectare Taft campus. (Students come mostly from Metro Manila and nearby provinces in the south.) Among higher education institutions, it has some of the most advanced facilities for its technical courses. Yet, even with all these current resources, it needs to keep pace with the speed of global technological advancements to remain relevant.

A major University thrust is research. In the field of research, especially in science and technology, the University acknowledges the need to pursue intensive, collaborative, and multidisciplinary research. The question is: Can the current DLSU campus hold enough space for all the demands of knowledge production in the future? In Engineering, for instance, laboratories are getting more complex and need considerably bigger space.

As DLSU pushes for innovation, growth, and the vigorous pursuit of the Lasallian mission, its Board of Trustees as well as the Board of Trustee of DLSC have agreed to seriously consider the possibility of integrating the two campuses.

The integration seeks to strengthen the academics and research programs of these two entities, at par with international standards. At the same time, it seeks to establish a stronger strategic partnership with the industry and work-based learning providers through greater resource-sharing.

To do so, DLSU may further invest in the DLSC property, beyond the initial structures that it established on the Canlubang campus.

While the Boards of Trustees of DLSU and DLSC, being the highest policy-making bodies of the respective institutions, reserve the right and prerogative to decide to integrate, or even fully merge the two entities, substantial consultations and prior studies will be integral prior to any decision.

Therefore, the academic communities of both DLSU and DLSC are invited to actively participate in spelling out the conditions and in setting the various parameters for whatever forms and modes of integration and/or merger that will best serve the different stakeholders of DLSU and DLSC.

Posted on: 02/14/2011