2019 Best Schools in PH based on Centers of Excellence, Development

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2019 University Rankings Based on Centers of Development and Excellence

Every year CHED releases a list of Centers of Excellence and Development of all the best universities in the Philippines world by subject and region. The list primarily takes into account the status of the higher education institutions (HEIs) as accredited by the Commission. 

For the 2019 list of COEs and CODs, a net increase of 40 higher education institutions was registered from the 2018 list. Central Luzon contributed 4 schools in the net increment while CALABARZON recorded 12. Bicol Region listed 7 schools, Northern Mindanao made 12, Davao Region registered 3, Soccksargen made 3, National Capital Region listed 3, and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region made 13. Other regions made either 1 or 2 increments.

Meanwhile, Zamboanga Peninsula lost 21 Centers of Excellence and Development, hence a net increase of 40 higher education institutions.

Based on CHED’s list of centers of excellence (COEs) and centers of development (CODs) for 2019, we came up with an unofficial tally and ranked schools according to the combined number of their COEs and CODs. In this unofficial ranking, we assigned a point for each university’s COE, and 0.75 for a COD. The choice of points is basically on the difference between a center of excellence and a center of development. Center of Excellence (COE) lies in having a graduate program for at least five years.

COEs and CODs are higher education institutions with the highest degree or level of standards in the areas of instruction, research, and extension. The data used in this article, as of May 8, 2018, is sourced from the Office of Programs and Standards Development and compiled by OPRKM-Knowledge Management Division.

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1. University of the Philippines – 26 points (26 COEs)

The University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman led other universities with 26 COEs or 26 points, meaning all 26 programs accredited are COEs. The university has centers of excellence in chemical engineering, electrical engineering, geodetic engineering, mechanical engineering, English, foreign language, literature, library and information science, biology, cell and molecular biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, marine science, mathematics, physics, statistics, anthropology, broadcasting, communication, history, journalism, political science, psychology, social work, and teacher education.

2. University of Santo Tomas (Manila) – 20.25 points (12 COEs, 11 CODs)

COE (12): hotel and restaurant management, tourism, chemical engineering, medical technology/medical laboratory science, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, philosophy, biology, chemistry, psychology, teacher education

COD (11): civil engineering, electrical engineering, electronics engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, physical therapy, literature, information technology, library and information science, communication, journalism

3. De La Salle University (Manila) – 17.75 points (14 COEs, 4 CODs)

COE (14): accountancy, business administration, entrepreneurship, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electronics engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, information technology, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, teacher education

COD (4): computer engineering, literature, statistics, history

4. University of San Carlos (Cebu City) – 17 points (8 COEs, 12 CODs)

COE (8): business administration, entrepreneurship, office administration, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, anthropology, teacher education

COD (12): hotel and restaurant management, tourism, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, electronics engineering, industrial engineering, philosophy, information technology, biology, chemistry, marine science

5. Ateneo De Manila University (Quezon City) – 15.5 points (11 COEs, 6 CODs)

COE (11): business administration, entrepreneurship, philosophy, information technology, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, psychology, sociology, literature (English)

COD (6): electronics engineering, environmental science, communication, history, political science, literature (Filipino)

6. Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (Iligan City) – 15.25 points (7 COEs, 10 CODs)

COE (7): electronics engineering, mechanical engineering, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, teacher education

COD (11): ceramic engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, Filipino, information technology, marine science, statistics, history, sociology

7. University of the Philippines (Los Baños, Laguna) – 9.75 points (9 COEs, 1 COD)

COE (9): agriculture, forestry, veterinary medicine, agricultural engineering, information technology, biology, environmental science, statistics, development communication

COD (1): chemical engineering

8. Saint Louis University (Baguio City) – 9 points (3 COEs, 8 CODs)

COE (3): nursing, information technology, teacher Education

COD (8): business administration, entrepreneurship, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, mining engineering, medical technology/medical laboratory science

9. Mapua University-Manila – 8.75 points (8 COEs, 1 COD)

COE (8): chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, electronics engineering, mechanical engineering, sanitary engineering, information technology

COD (1): industrial engineering

10. Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan) – 7.25 points (2 COEs, 7 CODs)

COE (2): agriculture, teacher education

COD (7): chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, electronics engineering, mechanical engineering, literature, biology

Below is the complete list of 2019 university rankings based on having at least 1 COD or COE:

RANKNAME OF INSTITUTIONREGIONCOUNTDISCIPLINES/AREASSCORES
1University of the Philippines-Diliman13 - Nat. Capital Region26 COEsChemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Geodetic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, English, Foreign Language, Literature, Library and Information Science, Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Marine Science, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Anthropology, Broadcasting, Communication, History, Journalism, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Teacher Education26.00
2University of Santo Tomas13 - Nat. Capital Region12 COEs, 11 CODsHotel and Restaurant Management, Tourism, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Literature, Philosophy, Information Technology, Library and Information Science, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Journalism, Psychology, Teacher Education20.25
3De La Salle University-Manila13 - Nat. Capital Region14 COEs, 4 CODsAccountancy, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Literature, Information Technology, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, History, Political Science, Teacher Education17.75
4University of San Carlos07 - Central Visayas8 COEs, 12 CODsBusiness Administration, Entrepreneurship, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Office Administration, Tourism, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, Information Technology, Biology, Chemistry, Marine Science, Physics, Anthropology, Teacher Education17.00
5Ateneo De Manila University-Quezon City13 - Nat. Capital Region6 CODs, 11 COEsElectronics Engineering, Environmental Science, Communication, History, Political Science, Literature, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Philosophy, Information Technology, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Literature15.50
6Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology10 - Northern Mindanao11 CODs, 7 COEsCeramic Engineering, 120, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Filipino, Information Technology, Marine Science, Statistics, History, Sociology, Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Teacher Education15.25
7University of the Philippines - Los Baños04 - CALABARZON1 COD, 9 COEsAgriculture, Forestry, Veterinary Medicine, Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Information Technology, Biology, Environmental Science, Statistics, Development Communication9.75
8Saint Louis University14 - Cordillera Adm. Region8 CODs, 3 COEsBusiness Administration, Entrepreneurship, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science, Nursing, Information Technology, Teacher Education9.00
9Mapua University-Manila13 - Nat. Capital Region8 COEs, 1 CODChemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Sanitary Engineering, Information Technology8.75
10Xavier University (Atene de Cagayan)10 - Northern Mindanao7 CODs, 2 COEsAgriculture, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Literature, Biology, Teacher Education7.25
11Technological Institute of the Philippines-Manila13 - Nat. Capital Region4 CODs, 4 COEsBusiness Administration, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Information Technology7.00
Technological Institute of The Philippines-Quezon City13 - Nat. Capital Region4 CODs, 4 COEsBusiness Administration, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Information Technology7.00
12Central Mindanao University10 - Northern Mindanao3 CODs, 4 COEsEnvironmental Science, Mathematics, Teacher Education, Agriculture, Forestry, Forestry, Biology6.25
13Central Luzon State University03 - Central Luzon6 COEsAgriculture, Fisheries, Veterinary Medicine, Agricultural Engineering, Biology, Teacher Education6.00
14University of Mindanao11 - Davao Region5 CODs, 2 COEsAccountancy, Business Administration, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Information Technology, Teacher Education,5.75
15Adamson University13 - Nat. Capital Region7 CODsChemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Teacher Education5.25
Silliman University07 - Central Visayas3 CODs, 3 COEsMedical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science, Biology, Marine Science, Nursing, Information Technology, Teacher Education5.25
16Central Philippine University06 - Western Visayas4 CODs, 2 COEsChemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Teacher Education, Teacher Education, Business Administration5.00
17Angeles University Foundation03 - Central Luzon3 COEs, 2 CODsCriminology, Computer Engineering, Nursing, Information Technology, Teacher Education4.50
Lyceum of the Philippines University - Batangas04 - CALABARZON2 CODs, 3 COEsBusiness Administration, Information Technology, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Tourism, Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science4.50
18University of San Jose-Recoletos07 - Central Visayas3 CODs, 2 COEsAccountancy, Business Administration, Industrial Engineering, Information Technology, Teacher Education4.25
University of Southeastern Philippines-College of Agriculture-Tagum11 - Davao Region2 COEs, 3 CODsAgriculture, Forestry, English, Information Technology, Teacher Education4.25
19Batangas State University-Main04 - CALABARZON4 CODs, 1 COEElectrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Development Communication, Teacher Education4.00
Lyceum of the Philippines University13 - Nat. Capital Region4 COEsBusiness Administration, Customs Administration, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Tourism4.00
20Miriam College13 - Nat. Capital Region3 COEs, 1 CODBusiness Administration, Entrepreneurship, Communication, Teacher Education3.75
21Ateneo De Naga University05 - Bicol Region2 CODs, 2 COEsBusiness Administration, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, Teacher Education3.50
22De La Salle University-Dasmariñas04 - CALABARZON3 CODs, 1 COEElectronics Engineering, Information Technology, Biology3.25
West Visayas State University-Lambunao Campus06 - Western Visayas3 CODs, 1 COEAgriculture, Forestry, Forestry, Teacher Education3.25
23Holy Angel University03 - Central Luzon4 CODsBusiness Administration, Industrial Engineering, Teacher Education, Teacher Education3.00
Mariano Marcos State University-Main01 - Ilocos Region4 CODsAgriculture, Forestry, Information Technology, Biology3.00
University of the Cordilleras14 - Cordillera Adm. Region3 COEsCriminology, Information Technology, Teacher Education3.00
24Saint Paul University Philippines02 - Cagayan Valley2 COEs, 1 CODNursing, Information Technology, Teacher Education2.75
Visayas State University08 - Eastern Visayas2 COEs, 1 CODAgriculture, Agricultural Engineering, Development Communication2.75
25Benguet State University-Main14 - Cordillera Adm. Region2 CODs, 1 COEAgriculture, Nutrition and Dietetics, Teacher Education2.50
Centro Escolar University-Manila13 - Nat. Capital Region2 CODs, 1 COEBusiness Administration, Optometry, Teacher Education2.50
Mindanao University of Science and Technology10 - Northern Mindanao2 CODs, 1 COEElectrical Engineering, Information Technology, Mathematics2.50
Saint Mary's University of Bayombong02 - Cagayan Valley2 CODs, 1 COECivil Engineering, Information Technology, Teacher Education2.50
University of Luzon01 - Ilocos Region1 COE, 2 CODsCriminology, Information Technology, Teacher Education2.50
University of Southern Mindanao-Main12 - Soccsksargen1 COE, 2 CODsAgriculture, Veterinary Medicine, Biology2.50
26Caraga State University - Main16 - Caraga3 CODsInformation Technology, Biology, Mathematics2.25
Misamis University-Ozamis City10 - Northern Mindanao3 CODsCriminology, Information Technology, Teacher Education2.25
Pampanga Agricultural College03 - Central Luzon3 CODsAgriculture, Veterinary Medicine, Biology2.25
University of the Immaculate Conception11 - Davao Region3 CODsBusiness Administration, Information Technology, Teacher Education2.25
University of the Philippines-Baguio14 - Cordillera Adm. Region3 CODsBiology, Mathematics, Physics2.25
27Cebu Normal University07 - Central Visayas2 COEsNursing, Teacher Education2.00
De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde13 - Nat. Capital Region2 COEsHotel and Restaurant Management, Business Administration2.00
University of the Philippines-Manila13 - Nat. Capital Region2 COEsMedicine, Nursing2.00
28Adventist University of the Philippines04 - CALABARZON1 COD, 1 COEBusiness Administration, Teacher Education1.75
Asia Pacific College13 - Nat. Capital Region1 COD, 1 COEComputer Engineering, Information Technology1.75
Ateneo de Zamboanga University09 - Zamboanga Peninsula1 COD, 1 COEInformation Technology, Teacher Education1.75
Bicol University-Main05 - Bicol Region1 COD, 1 COENursing, Teacher Education1.75
Far Eastern University13 - Nat. Capital Region1 COD, 1 COEBusiness Administration, Teacher Education1.75
Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation-Lucena04 - CALABARZON1 COE, 1 CODCriminology, Information Technology1.75
Mindanao State University-Naawan10 - Northern Mindanao1 COE, 1 CODFisheries, Marine Science1.75
Nueva Vizcaya State University - Main, Bayombong02 - Cagayan Valley1 COE, 1 CODAgriculture, Forestry1.75
Our Lady of Fatima University (Fatima Medical Science Foundation)-Valenzuela13 - Nat. Capital Region1 COE, 1 CODHotel and Restaurant Management, Pharmacy1.75
Tarlac College of Agriculture03 - Central Luzon1 COD, 1 COEAgriculture, Teacher Education1.75
University of Baguio14 - Cordillera Adm. Region1 COE, 1 CODCriminology, Teacher Education1.75
University of Batangas04 - CALABARZON1 COD, 1 COEBusiness Administration, Teacher Education1.75
University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center13 - Nat. Capital Region1 COE, 1 CODMedicine, Nursing1.75
University of the Philippines-College of Cebu07 - Central Visayas1 COE, 1 CODInformation Technology, Environmental Science1.75
29Ateneo de Davao University11 - Davao Region2 CODsInformation Technology, Teacher Education1.50
Bukidnon State University10 - Northern Mindanao2 CODsEnglish, Teacher Education1.50
Catanduanes State University-Main05 - Bicol Region2 CODsBusiness Administration, Teacher Education1.50
Central Bicol State University of Agriculture - Main05 - Bicol Region2 CODsAgriculture, Teacher Education1.50
Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University-North La Union-Main Campus01 - Ilocos Region2 CODsAgriculture, Teacher Education1.50
Isabela State University-Cabagan02 - Cagayan Valley1 CODTeacher Education1.50
Isabela State University-Main (Echague)02 - Cagayan Valley2 CODsAgriculture, Information Technology1.50
Southern Luzon State University04 - CALABARZON2 CODsForestry, Teacher Education1.50
University of Eastern Philippines08 - Eastern Visayas2 CODsLiterature, Environmental Science1.50
University of Perpetual Help System-Laguna04 - CALABARZON2 CODsInformation Technology, Teacher Education1.50
Western Mindanao State University09 - Zamboanga Peninsula2 CODsForestry, Teacher Education1.50
Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University-South La Union01 - Ilocos Region2 CODsInformation Technology, Teacher Education1.50
30Cagayan De Oro College10 - Northern Mindanao1 COECriminology1.00
Cavite State University - Main04 - CALABARZON1 COEAgriculture1.00
Cebu Institute of Technology-University07 - Central Visayas1 COEInformation Technology1.00
Jose Rizal University13 - Nat. Capital Region1 COEBusiness Administration1.00
Manila Central University13 - Nat. Capital Region1 COEOptometry1.00
Mariano Marcos State University-College of Industrial Technology-Laoag City01 - Ilocos Region1 COETeacher Education1.00
National University13 - Nat. Capital Region1 COEInformation Technology1.00
Palawan State University17 - MIMAROPA1 COETeacher Education1.00
Pangasinan State University-Bayambang01 - Ilocos Region1 COETeacher Education1.00
Pangasinan State University-Binmaley01 - Ilocos Region1 COEFisheries1.00
Philippine Normal University-Agusan Campus16 - Caraga1 COETeacher Education1.00
Philippine Normal University-Alicia02 - Cagayan Valley1 COETeacher Education1.00
Philippine Normal University-Main13 - Nat. Capital Region1 COETeacher Education1.00
Saint Louis College-City of San Fernando01 - Ilocos Region1 COETeacher Education1.00
University of Mindanao-Matina11 - Davao Region1 COECriminology1.00
University of the East-Manila13 - Nat. Capital Region1 COEInformation Technology1.00
University of The Philippines-Visayas06 - Western Visayas1 COEFisheries1.00
Western Philippines University17 - MIMAROPA1 COEFisheries1.00
Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology09 - Zamboanga Peninsula1 COEFisheries1.00
31Aklan State University-Banga Campus06 - Western Visayas1 CODAgriculture0.75
AMA Computer University13 - Nat. Capital Region1 CODInformation Technology0.75
Asian Development Foundation College08 - Eastern Visayas1 CODInformation Technology0.75
Baliuag University03 - Central Luzon1 CODInformation Technology0.75
Bicol University-Tabaco05 - Bicol Region1 CODFisheries0.75
Capitol University10 - Northern Mindanao1 CODTeacher Education0.75
Colegio de Dagupan01 - Ilocos Region1 CODInformation Technology0.75
Dipolog Medical Center College Foundation09 - Zamboanga Peninsula1 CODInformation Technology0.75
Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University-Main03 - Central Luzon1 CODTeacher Education0.75
Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University-Mid La Union01 - Ilocos Region1 CODInformation Technology0.75
Father Saturnino Urios University16 - Caraga1 CODTeacher Education0.75
First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities04 - CALABARZON1 CODInformation Technology0.75
Iloilo State College of Fisheries-Main06 - Western Visayas1 CODFisheries0.75
Jose Rizal Memorial State University-Dipolog09 - Zamboanga Peninsula1 CODInformation Technology0.75
Laguna State Polytechnic University-San Pablo City04 - CALABARZON1 CODTeacher Education0.75
Leyte Normal University08 - Eastern Visayas1 CODTeacher Education0.75
Liceo De Cagayan University10 - Northern Mindanao2 CODsRadiologic Technology, Information Technology0.75
Lorma Colleges01 - Ilocos Region1 CODInformation Technology0.75
Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology10 - Northern Mindanao1 CODAgriculture0.75
Naga College Foundation05 - Bicol Region1 CODCriminology0.75
Negros Oriental State University-Main Campus07 - Central Visayas1 CODTeacher Education0.75
Notre Dame of Marbel University12 - Soccsksargen1 CODTeacher Education0.75
Siquijor State College07 - Central Visayas1 CODTeacher Education0.75
Southern Leyte State University-Tomas Oppus Campus08 - Eastern Visayas1 CODTeacher Education0.75
St. Paul University-Manila (St. Paul Univerity System)13 - Nat. Capital Region1 CODNursing0.75
Systems Plus Computer College Foundation03 - Central Luzon1 CODInformation Technology0.75
Tarlac State University03 - Central Luzon1 CODTeacher Education0.75
Trinity University of Asia13 - Nat. Capital Region1 CODNursing0.75
UM Digos College11 - Davao Region1 CODInformation Technology0.75
UM Tagum College11 - Davao Region1 CODTeacher Education0.75
Universidad de Sta. Isabel05 - Bicol Region1 CODTeacher Education0.75
University of Asia and the Pacific13 - Nat. Capital Region1 CODTeacher Education0.75
University of Cebu07 - Central Visayas1 CODCriminology0.75
University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos06 - Western Visayas1 CODInformation Technology0.75
University of Northern Philippines01 - Ilocos Region1 CODTeacher Education0.75
University of Saint La Salle06 - Western Visayas1 CODTeacher Education0.75
University of Saint Louis-Tuguegarao02 - Cagayan Valley1 CODInformation Technology0.75
University of San Agustin06 - Western Visayas1 CODTeacher Education0.75
University of the Philippines-Mindanao11 - Davao Region1 CODBiology0.75
University of the Visayas07 - Central Visayas1 CODBusiness Administration0.75
Western Visayas College of Science and Technology-Main06 - Western Visayas1 CODTeacher Education0.75
Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College09 - Zamboanga Peninsula1 CODTeacher Education0.75
Isabela State University-Cauayan Campus02 - Cagayan Valley1 CODInformation Technology0.75

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