The MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY (MSU), founded on September 1, 1961, through Republic Act 1387 and Republic Act 1893, has evolved over the years in keeping with national and local developments. The brain-child of late Senator, Domocao Alonto, it has grown from its main campus Marawi City to a University System that now comprises several campuses located in major centers in Mindanao and Sulu. Its first president was Dr. Antonio Isidro who came in from his position as the Vice President for Academic Affairs in the University of the Philippines.

The mandates of the University are, namely: (1) To perform the traditional functions of a university namely: instruction, research and extension service; (2) To help accelerate the program of the integration among the peoples of Southern Philippines, particularly the Muslims and other cultural minorities, and (3) To provide trained manpower skills and technical know-how for the economic development of the Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan (MINSUPALA) region.

 MSU’s current vision is “to be a premier supra-regional university committed to the social, political and economic development of Mindanao while achieving international recognition as a leading institution of higher learning.”   



KASTAMONU UNIVERSITY (KU), located at Kastamonu Province, Turkey,  aiming at having a distinguished place among national and international universities, was founded on the basis of the law no. 5467 on 1st March 2006.

Despite being a recently founded university, Kastamonu University has established itself as a “Developing Young University” with its innovations in social, cultural and sports areas as well as its physical developments.

Our main campus, Kuzeykent Campus, is located on an area of 237 hectares on the north of the city.

With an increasing number of qualified academic and administrative staff, our university carries out its academic activities within 13 faculties, 3 institutes, 3 schools, and 13 vocational schools. Besides, 1 conference hall, 2 sports halls (one in the main campus and the other in the Faculty of Education Campus), 2 fitness centers, central and student laboratories, 1 research and surveying ship, 1 football field, 2 social facility buildings, outdoor sports fields, 1 practice hotel and a kindergarten located in the Faculty of Education Campus serve for the students and the staff.

Our university has bilateral agreements with the universities from such countries as the USA, Argentina, Portugal, Kirgizstan, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, The Philippines, and Malaysia. Within the framework of these agreements, 2-year vocational school graduates have the opportunity to enroll in the undergraduate programmes and 4-year school and faculty graduates can apply for the Master’s Degree programmes at the universities abroad. The agreements also involve cooperation in the areas of research, projects and student and staff exchanges.



SEAMEO (Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization) was established in 1965 through the SEAMEO Charter signed by seven (7) South East Asia countries. The signing of the charter marked the establishment of the centres. At present there are 21 specialist institutions that undertake training and research programs in various fields of education, science, and culture. SEAMEO BIOTROP, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Tropical Biology is one of the centres.

SEAMEO BIOTROP, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Tropical Biology, was established on 6 February 1968. In carrying out the mandate of Governing Board, SEAMEO BIOTROP conducted its activities emphasizing on the empowerment of human resource in Southeast Asia. The activities cover research, training, networking, and personnel exchange and information dissemination in tropical biology.


Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) has a long history of struggle. Started from the University of Indonesia in Bogor, the university became the forerunner of the first agricultural higher education in the country in 1940. Furthermore, based on the Decree of the Minister of Higher Education and Science No. 91/1963 and ratified by Presidential Decree of the Republic of Indonesia No. 279/1965 on 1 September 1963, IPB secede from its parent university to become the Agricultural Institute in Bogor.

At this time IPB is the only college in Indonesia that bears the name of "institute" same level as a university that given full trust by the government to pursue and develop tropical agricultural sciences in the country.

Since 53 years ago, IPB has grown and developed into a college that has a good reputation and plays an important role in national development and higher education in Indonesia. IPB’s growth and development has gone through three periods of time: the colonial era, the period of struggle for independence, and the period after the proclamation of independence. In the three periods, there was a consistent thread that consists of the striving, nationality, patriotism, and leadership of the predecessors. These are the values that have always been held firmly from time to time.



The Commission on Higher Education (CHED)  was created on May 18, 1994 through the passage of Republic Act No. 7722, or the Higher Education Act of 1994. CHED, an attached agency to the Office of the President for administrative purposes, is headed by a chairperson and four commissioners, each having a term of office of four years. The Commission En Banc acts as a collegial body in formulating plans, policies, and strategies relating to higher education and the operation of CHED.

The creation of CHED was part of a broad agenda of reforms on the country’s education system outlined by the Congressional Commission on Education (EDCOM) in 1992. Part of the reforms was the tri-focalization of the education sector into three governing bodies: the CHED for tertiary and graduate education, the Department of Education (DepEd) for basic education and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for technical-vocational and middle-level education.