Friday, March 11, 2011

Foundation University Seal
On Independence Day, exactly three years after the establishment of the Philippine Nation, Foundation College was an institution envisioned to attract, in Dr. Sinco's words, "Men and Women from all conditions of life, whose only passport is intellectual competence; whose pursuit is excellence in mind, body and character, and whose quest is for truth and freedom." And as he later recalled, "The College's primary duty was to contribute to the overall national program of development - because its constituents, the Filipinos, were then in the process of preparing themselves for work and participation in the activities of their country and the world community."

When founded, the College had a three-fold function, — instruction, research, and community action. The success of this mission was recognized in 1963, when Foundation College received international recognition and was invited to become a member of the International Association of Universities. The College was the first institution in the Visayas and Mindanao to receive this honor, and the first institution in the world that was not a full university to become a member of this organization.

On January 28, 1969, recognizing the College's sincerity of purpose, its achievement and performance, its superior instructional facilities and the quality of its graduates, the Philippine Department of Education granted the College a university charter. And so this institution became Foundation University. 1

Founded by Dr. Vicente G. Sinco, Foundation University opened its doors at the dawn of a new era for the Philippines, a country that emerged at the end of World War II to become Asia’s first democracy. From the beginning, the university has been a non-profit, non-sectarian institution, accessible to all.

Our founder, Vicente G. Sinco was born in Negros Oriental of modest means, and rose to become an influential figure who helped to write the Philippine Constitution. He was a trusted adviser to several Philippine Presidents, and launched our country’s involvement in world affairs as the representative of the Philippines, signing the United Nations Charter in 1945. He was the Dean of Law at the University of the Philippines and served as that institution’s president from 1958-1962.

For Foundation University, he envisioned a school that afforded anyone with ability and determination the opportunity for a college education, regardless of wealth or social position. He dreamed of a permanent center for teaching and learning that would help the Philippines assume its place among free nations.

In the last 61 years, thousands of students have passed through our halls and gone on to play significant and important roles in many fields at home and abroad. They apply daily what they learned here — that Foundationites must work towards the betterment of all.2