In the field of education in the Philippines, many revolve around the English proficiency of the Philippines, and a large number of articles go to repeat the language advantages of the Philippines. Apart from language, is there anything remarkable about education in the Philippines? What is the history and current situation of education development in the Philippines?

From a historical point of view, the Philippines was first ruled by Spain for more than 300 years, and then it was managed by the American colony, and education was shuffled. To a certain extent, the Western countries of the Philippines are deeply imprinted, unlike other Southeast Asian countries, especially Buddhist countries, both culturally and educationally.

After Spain occupied the Philippines, in order to spread religion and cultivate talents needed by the church, the church opened schools. The University of St. Thomas was opened in Manila in 1610. It was the first university in the Philippines and one of the four prestigious universities in the Philippines. After more than 300 years of Spanish colonial rule, the Spanish-American War broke out and the ruler changed from Spain to the United States. During the more than 40 years when the United States ruled the Philippines, the United States began to popularize education, built a large number of schools, sent a large number of English teachers, and made special efforts to promote English education in the Philippines. Influenced by American education, Filipinos began to get closer and closer to the United States in language and culture. When Filipinos were young, English news and American dramas were broadcast on TV. Including singing, they also sing English songs. Filipinos have learned English since they were young, and the Philippines has the highest level of English penetration among Asian countries. To this day, the official language of Filipinos is still English, so this is why there are so many English study tours in the Philippines.

University of the Philippines Diliman

The leading university in the Philippines is the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD)!
It is a national university located in Quezon City, Manila. It is a large campus with an area of ​​500 hectares and about 25,000 students study here. In 2015-2016, according to QS statistics from the British university judges, the University of the Philippines Diliman was ranked 70th among Asian universities.

In this vast land, in addition to the canteen, the National Research Institute, and the arena, there are also banks, Salissari (a local convenience store in the Philippines), shopping malls and hotels, which is like a condensed version of the city. . There are also many cars and jeeps (shared taxis) inside the campus, and students carry shared taxis to every corner of the campus.

In the University of the Philippines, many famous national leaders have been published, such as the fifth president Manuel A Roxas (Manuel A Roxas), the sixth president Elpidio Rivera Quirino, The 10th President Ferdinand Marcos (Ferdinand Marcos) and so on.

At the University of the Philippines, there are no restrictions on religion and no regulations on clothing, and a free campus atmosphere is advocated.

In addition, most professors use Tagalog for teaching, which is also a major feature. There are many professors who think that Tagalog, the common language of the Philippines, is the pride of their own nation, so they prefer to use Tagalog for classroom teaching.

Ateneo University

Speaking of celebrities who graduated from Ateneo University, in addition to the leader of the Philippine independence movement and Jose Rizal, who is still beloved as a national hero of the Philippines, the 14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (Gloria Macapagal Arroyo) and the 15th President Benigno Simien Aquino III also attended and graduated from the university.

In the Philippines, the better the English, the more likely it is to find a job in a better-paid company. Therefore, many families invest a lot of energy in English education for the next generation. In Filipino society, "Born from the University of Athens" seems to have become a label.

De La Salle University

This is a Catholic private university established in 1911 and located in Manila. There are currently approximately 25,000 students studying at the school.

In the QS World University Rankings (2015-2016), De La Salle University is ranked 143rd in Asia. It is as famous as the University of the Philippines and Ateneo University, and is an important part of the prestigious universities in the Philippines.

Tuition fees are also high (about 13 yuan per year), and because of this, it is often famous for gathering students from wealthy families.

Many celebrities, including BBC World News’s Radio Correspondent, Jose De Vinicia, who has been the Speaker of the Philippine Parliament until 2008, also graduated from this university.

University of Saint Thomas

Thomas University is the oldest university in Asia founded in 1611. The campus is vast, covering an area of about 25 hectares, and 42,000 students are studying here. In the QS World University Rankings (2015-2016), the University of Saint Thomas ranked 157th in Asia.

The University of St. Thomas has also produced many outstanding figures in history.
For example, the second president, Manuel L. Quezon (Manuel L. Quezon), and the third president, Jose P. Laurel (Jose P. Laurel) were all born at the University of Saint Thomas .

It is said that because of the high tuition fees (approximately RMB 10,000), it is still more difficult for students with average family conditions to study here. However, compared with Ateneo de la Ateneo and De La San Berni, the tuition is cheaper and the threshold is relatively low. .

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