Philippine Women’s University (PWU)
is a private, non-sectarian academic institution founded in 1919 with the goal
to empower women through higher education
. It was one of the few schools in Manila that accepts female students during its time. But today, the school now accepts
male enrollees. The institution offers basic education from preschool to senior high at the Jose Abad Santos Memorial School
(JASMS) in Manila and Quezon City. Meanwhile, its undergraduate to post-graduate degree programs are offered in its main campus.
The PWU is composed of fourteen academic schools that offer programs in Arts and Sciences, Fine Arts and Design, Music, Business Education, Food Technology, Education, International Relations and Diplomacy, Hospitality Management, Medical Technology, Nursing, Nutrition, Pharmacy, Social Work,
. In addition to these programs, the PWU also provides special programs that include distance learning
and the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP)
Further, the institution also has Career Development and Continuing Education Centers
placed in pilot provinces that are considered to be needing of quality continuing education. Its school units are located in the provinces of Tarlac
, Camarines Norte
, and with two units in Laguna (Sta. Cruz
Philippine Women’s University is currently affiliated with the Philippine Association of College and Universities (PACU)
, the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU)
, and the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA)
. The school is also recognized by the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (DepEd).
Philippine Women's University Manila Facts:
- Philippine Women’s University is a school of many firsts in the country. One of them is organizing a Student Council, the first such council in a Philippine private school, in 1922. Now, almost all schools have student councils and governments.
- Dr. Jose Francisco Benitez is the ninth and is one of the 2 male presidents of the PWU.
- In the 1990s, PWU became co-educational, finally accepting males after more than 80 years of being an exclusive women-only school.