BRIEF HISTORY OF RMTU GRADUATE STUDIES PROGRAM
Excerpt from the RMTU Graduate School Manual…
On February 12, 1998, Republic Act 8498 which was sponsored by then, Congressman Antonio M. Diaz was signed into law by President Fidel V. Ramos. This merged the Western Luzon Agricultural College (WLAC) in San Marcelino (established in 1927) with extension campuses in Botolan (1994), Subic (1996-2001), Subic (1999-2003) and Castillejos (2003); the Ramon Magsaysay Polytechnic College (RMPC) situated in Iba (1910); and the Candelaria School of Fisheries in Candelaria (1971). They were integrated to form the University System, now called the RAMON MAGSAYSAY TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (RMTU) with Iba as its main campus.
At present, the University has seven (7) campuses situated strategically in the province of Zambales which include: Iba (Main Campus), San Marcelino, Botolan, Castillejos, Masinloc, Candelaria and Santa Cruz Campuses.
Before the integration of the three state schools, the Graduate School Program in Iba (RMPC) and San Marcelino (WLAC) campuses established their linkages in consortia with other state universities. WLAC operated in consortium with the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) while RMPC worked in consortium with the Technological University of the Philippines (TUP). After the integration, the University immediately collaborated with Bulacan State University (BSU) and Tarlac College of Agriculture (TCA).
In 2002, the Graduate School Program started to operate independently offering four (4) graduate programs, namely: Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), major in Educational Management, Master of Arts in Education (MAED), major in Educational Administration, Master in Public Administration (MPA) and Master in Business Administration (MBA). This was approved by the Board of Regents through BOR Resolution No. 27, s. 2000 in December 11, 2000.
Later, the Master of Arts in Education (MAED), majors in English, Filipino, Science, Social Studies and Mathematics were offered during the Second Trimester, SY 2006-2007 in response to the call of the Department of Education (Dep-Ed) in view of the declining performance of pupils in the Division of Zambales.
In the Second Trimester of SY 2011-2012, Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) was offered after gaining approval from the Board of Regents through RMTU-BOR Resolution No. 598 s. 2011 in July 29, 2011.
The Graduate School Program recently established its linkages in consortia with other State Colleges & Universities like Bataan Peninsula State University in Balanga, Bataan offering Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN); and the Wesleyan College of Manila, offering Master in Business Administration (MBA) and Master in Public Administration (MPA), respectively.
DOMINGO C. EDAÑO, Ed.D.
Director, Graduate Studies