José Rizal University

José Rizal University
Pamantasang José Rizal
Former names
Far Eastern College, School of Accounts, Commerce and Finance (1919-1922)
Jose Rizal College (1922-2002)
Type Private, Nonsectarian
Established 1919
Founder Don Vicente Fabella
President Vicente K. Fabella
Dean Eleanor C. Tangkeko (Nursing)
Ronald Dexter V. Antiporda (HRM & Tourism)
Leodigario M. David (Business & Accountancy)
Liza R. Reyes (Computer Studies & Engineering)
Henry G. Magat (Liberal Arts, Education & Criminology)
Ana Belen Cuyugan (Student Development Office)
Address No. 80 Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong, Philippines
Hymn Himno Jose Rizal
Colors Blue and gold
Nickname Heavy and Light Bombers
Affiliations ASAIHL, NCAA (Philippines)
The JRU Campus

José Rizal University (JRU) (Formerly José Rizal College / JRC) is a non-sectarian, non-stock private educational institution. It is located at Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City, Philippines. It was founded in 1919 by Vicente Fabella, who was the first Philippine Certified Accountant.

José Rizal University joined the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 1927. The varsity team are the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers. It is one of the schools situated in the East Side of Mandaluyong city, the others being Arellano University – Plaridel Campus and Don Bosco Technical College.

José Rizal University was originally established as Far Eastern College in 1919 and its name was changed to José Rizal College in 1922. First located at Arlegui Street, the College transferred to R. Hidalgo Street soon afterwards, moving to its present location in Mandaluyong in 1949. It remained closed throughout the Japanese Occupation, as its head had joined the guerrilla movement. Don Vincente Fabella was the first Filipino to obtain a Certificate in Public Accountancy from the United States making as the First Filipino Certified Public Accountant.

Originally offering commerce and high school degrees, the College expanded its offerings to include an elementary school, education and liberal arts at the undergraduate level, and law, business administration, public administration, and education at the graduate level. It has its own research publication, the Journal of Business, Education and Law. The College is especially proud of Ramon Magsaysay who graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1933 and who subsequently became the 7th President of the Philippines.

José Rizal University was granted autonomous status by CHED "from 6 October 2009 to 5 October 2012".[1][2] This is the highest form of certification that can be granted to a Higher Education Institution. As at end of October 2009, only 44 (2.5%) out of 1,726 higher educational institutions in the Philippines had been granted autonomous status by CHED.[3]

Academic programs

Law School


The primary purpose of the law school is to prepare men and women to meet the needs of progress and modern technology in the various aspects of the practice of law. These needs call not only for technical skills but also for responsible leadership in the development of the law and the administration of justice. It is in response to these needs that the four-year curriculum leading to the degree of Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) was offered in 1967.

Graduate School


Inside the JRU Campus

Courses Offered

All courses offered in the College Division are recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines. In addition, the undergraduate programs have been accredited by the Philippine Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines, and qualified by the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Education, Culture and Sports.

The collegiate undergraduate programs in Commercial Science, Liberal Arts and Education have been granted Level III accreditation by Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation and the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines, and qualified by the Commission on Higher Education.

In addition, the University was granted a deregulated status by the Commission on Higher Education to recognize its commitment and contribution to the promotion of quality education. Only 50 universities in the Philippines have this seal.

Business and Accountancy


Hospitality and Tourism

Liberal Arts


Information Technology



Student Activities

Extracurricular activities provide special opportunities for students to participate in interest groups and programs of their own choosing; all of which provide significant opportunity to develop qualities of leadership.

Students Organizations

There are several of student organizations in the campus, all under the leadership of students with faculty supervision. From time to time, the different organizations sponsor convocations and open forum on subjects of current interest; notable speakers with special knowledge of the topic are usually invited.

The Central Student Council

The highest student body on the campus, prepares students for leadership in the community outside the College. It is composed of the officers of the different recognized campus organizations and advised by a senior faculty member. It has the basic task of coordinating student activities in which the whole student body has direct interest.

The Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (JPIA)

One of the largest college organization in the Philippines. The JRU-JPIA is composed of different students primarily who are taking BSA and BSBA-Accounting. It is an honor society devoted to the promotion of accounting through different programs. Furthermore, it aims to develop accounting students mentally, emotionally and socially as preparation for their journey to become Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the future.

Other Organizations in the College Division

High school

Literary and musical programs, convocations featuring noted resource persons, and other social gatherings are frequently held at the campus. Complete computer facilities are provided for the students' hands-on experience.

The High School has an active Student Catholic Action unit. Holy Mass is celebrated every first Friday of the month at the school campus. Religious instruction is conducted on a voluntary arrangement to interested Catholic students. The prayer room is open during school hours, where the students of all denominations may meditate.

The High School student body publishes a school paper, The Scroll, completely managed and edited by students. Students are encouraged to write and publish original articles in this school organ. They are given the opportunity to express themselves freely through writing. Managing the paper imbues the students' minds with the significance of responsibility and work, and plays an important role in the development of a mature student body. A yearbook, The Blue and Gold, is published annually by the senior class.


Main article: JRU Heavy Bombers

José Rizal University has participated in the NCAA Philippines since 1927. The Bombers emblem features a man riding on a bomb, with the letters "JRU" ("JRC" when the school was José Rizal College) on his face. The school got the name "bombers" because of the rumored underground bombs on the campus area from the country's Japanese period.

"Heavy Bombers" is the title of the men's varsity teams, "Light Bombers" is for the High School Teams, and "Lady Bombas for the women's teams.


During its more than half a century of existence, the University has achieved a number of successful graduates. Among them are included a President of the Philippines, a justice of the Supreme Court, several members of the legislature and of the Cabinet, senior members of the executive branch of government and the Foreign Service, heads of banks and financial corporations, heads of educational institutions, acknowledged leaders in the various fields of industry, commerce and agriculture, and armed forces officers of general rank.

The alumni are organized into a very active JRU Alumni Association, and holds a widely attended reunion early in February each year. The Association has been very active in various programs of support for the University, including the construction of a very ornate Alumni Gate at the main entrance to the campus, the installation of a non-denominational chapel, other infrastructure projects such as street overpasses, to say nothing of an ever-increasing scholarship fund.

Alumni list

This is a partial list of notable alumni of Jose Rizal University. Entries on this list should either have an accompanying existing article link which verifies they are an alumnus, or reliable sources as footnotes against the name.


  1. Ched Resolution 013-2009
  2. "rpt2009HEIDirectory" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-06-14.
  3. plus 2 more granted later in October 2009.

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Coordinates: 14°35′33″N 121°01′43″E / 14.59250°N 121.02861°E / 14.59250; 121.02861

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