Resource of Church and Nation
its 90th anniversary, De La Salle University-Manila (DLSU-M)
launches Greenovation, a 10-year countdown to the centennial
In the nineties, DLSU-M started the bountiful harvest of accolades
and praises of institutions in the country and in Asia Pacific.
Social issues and research became priority concerns. With
their fusion, the university earned respect from the communities
they served and recognition from award-giving bodies. With
nothing more to prove but more to achieve, DLSU-M looks forward
to the next 10 years leading to its centennial and beyond.
Through the assistance of the Center for Social Concern and
Action, DLSU-M was able to serve communities in the outskirts
of urban and sub-urban areas. The university has, for example,
initiated the re-greening of Talin Bay in Batangas with the
planting of mangroves that help protect the shorelines. This
project helps maintain the ecosystem in the environment, making
impacts on the livelihood of the fishing community.
As DLSU-M gained ground in engineering, the school was tapped
to create a low-cost and environmental energy source for the
town of Malibcong in Abra. The Lasallian engineers created
the microhydro power source that generated electricity for
the community, while fueling their agricultural mills. This
project eventually earned the grand prize in the “Search for
the Most Outstanding Project Undertaken through Volunteerism
in Higher Education Institution.”
The development of a strong research culture through the years
paid off. DLSU-M ranked first in research output, based on
the Asiaweek 2000 survey. The same survey also affirmed La
Salle’s stature in the region. When ranked by peers in the
Asian academe and top corporations, DLSU-M emerged as one
of the most admired Philippine private universities.
DLSU-M has more than 20 university partners around the world.
It is the only one of two universities in the country included
in the Asian University Network (AUN), a conglomerate of ASEAN’s
best universities and dominated by state schools.
La Salle also topped the category in the Internet bandwidth
among Philippine universities. Recognizing the immense power
of IT, the university provided access to students by giving
all of them Internet accounts. Also part of the IT achievement,
DLSU-M set up the Center for Educational Multimedia to help
teachers integrate information technology in teaching.
The Commission on Higher Education awarded DLSU-M with 10
centers of excellence in the following areas: English, Filipino,
Literature, Math, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Electronics
and Communications Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and
Mechanical Engineering. This center of excellence seal has
recognized the university’s quality education, research and
scholastic output, and community service.
The dynamism, sensitivity, and responsiveness of the institution
to match the needs of Filipinos and the Philippines has placed
DLSU-M at an advantaged position in the Philippine higher
education scene. Ninety years of history may not be a long
time, but consider how La Salle has earned the respect and
reputation equally accorded its peers locally and internationally.
De La Salle University-Manila offers itself as a true resource
for Church and Nation. It will continue to affirm its commitment
to the education of future Philippine leaders. To sum up the
90 years and the future, DLSU President Brother Rolando Dizon,
FSC, said, “The real challenge for us is to continue to educate
a new generation of Filipinos truly committed to the common