The University of Batangas traces its history as a small school
then named Western Philippine Colleges which started with 48 students in a small
rented house in Rizal Avenue, Batangas City more than half a century ago on April
28, 1946. It was founded by Mr. Juan Y. Javier together with Rev. Fr. Vicente Catapang,
Atty. Francisco Perez, Atty. Jesus Arguelles, Atty Roman Perez and Atty. Pablo Umali.
This noble group of men saw the need to put up an institution that would provide
the youth, particularly the residents of Batangas, an opportunity to pursue higher
education. Through their pioneering efforts and the inspiration they left as a legacy
for succeeding administrators, the school has grown steadily to become one of the
largest higher education institutions in the whole Southern Tagalog Region, a major
University offering a wide range of academic and professional programs to a diverse
student body of over 10,000. Throughout that time, the commitment of the University
of Batangas to academic excellence and community service has continued to reflect
the values and vision of the University’s founding fathers.
The UB students are part of a select academic community. They study under more than 400 full-time and part time faculty. They study in a strategically located port city- a political, social, educational and industrial melting pot- with unlimited opportunities for professional experience after graduation.The University of Batangas is committed to serving diverse student body, with a wide range of religious, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds who come not only from the CALABARZON area but also from the neighboring island provinces as well. The University sponsors outreach programs such as tuition free secondary night school serving disadvantaged students in the community. A tradition of excellence is complemented by a strong commitment to community responsibility and service. The University’s faculty, staff and students are active participants in community outreach programs and projects working to meet the needs of the province. Some examples include the regular Community Health Services, the Legal Aid Clinic, Mangrove research and preservation, and University’s own “Alalay Kita” project which seeks to assist the poorest barangays in selected municipalities.
The University of Batangas is an active force in the cultural and artistic life of Batangas. Its well-acclaimed theater groups Tanghalang Dal’wa Singko and Teatro Anino together with the popular UB Dance Company have performed various audiences through out the province. The University is also home to the Batangas Heritage Center which aims to promote the rich cultural history of the province, depicted through songs, dances, costumes, and other historical artifacts borne of the province. Through its example of educational excellence, community leadership, service and opportunities for lifelong learning, the University of Batangas is linked to its graduates in other ways than through the degrees they receive. The UB graduates have succeeded in an environment that values professional competence and proper moral and social attitudes. They are inculcated with the values of faith in God, love of wisdom and service to fellowmen- values that will be with them throughout their lives and careers as they carry on the vision of the University’s founding fathers.