Far Eastern University (FEU) Facts That’ll Surprise You
Mar 01, 2019
By : Karl Nicole Nucum
The Far Eastern University (FEU) is one of the leading universities in the Philippines. It was founded in 1928 by Dr. Nicanor I. Reyes as a business college. The university has since expanded its programs to cater to other fields.
Aside from being known as the home of the Tamaraws, there’s more to this university than meets the eye.
Here’s a list of Far Eastern University facts that’ll surprise you:
1. Far Eastern University continues to strive for campus excellence
Far Eastern University offers a wide range of programs for students. The university has undergraduate and graduate programs in various fields such as:
- Accounting, business, and finance
- Arts and sciences
- Fine Arts
- Hotel Management
Center of Development
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) awarded FEU as a Center of Development in Business Administration. Aside from this recognition, FEU has a total of 21 programs accredited by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA).
The university also received its Autonomous status from CHED. The Autonomous status is the highest regulatory standard set for higher education institutions (HEIs) in the Philippines.
2. FEU’s rich culture is present in its emblems.
FEU-Manila’s 4-hectare campus has the Memorial Quadrangle that serves as one of Manila’s landmarks. The Memorial Quadrangle is also a favorite spot for students who are looking for IG-perfect shots. The quadrangle’s 65-foot flagpole is surrounded by brass sculptures made by National Artist Vicente Manansala.
The Tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis), a rare animal only found in Mindoro, is the mascot of every FEU athletic team. The Tamaraw’s intelligence and aggressiveness symbolizes FEU’s hunger for academic excellence.
The Far Eastern University is one of the first universities in the country to be established by a Filipino. Thus, FEU wanted to showcase its nationalism through its sarimanok-inspired coat of arms. The Sarimanok is a legendary bird of the Maranao people from Mindanao.
Green and Gold
Green and Gold are the official university colors of FEU. Green represents the founder’s aspirations for “fair hope for the motherland.” Meanwhile, Gold represents the university’s golden opportunity to serve the youth.
3. Far Eastern University has an outstanding legacy in Philippine sports.
Far Eastern University was one of the founding members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in 1924. In 1938, FEU left the NCAA and established the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) together with the University of the Philippines, National University, and the University of Santo Tomas.
FEU Tamaraws has the second highest number of overall championships in the UAAP with 16 wins from 1948 to 1982.
Aside from this feat, FEU is also home to some notable athletes in the Philippines including Lydia De Vega-Mercado (considered as Asia’s fastest woman in the 1980s) and Elma Muros-Posadas (known as the “Long Jump Queen” of the Philippines).
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