De La Salle University isn’t just about archery, you know. Each university is unique, and DLSU has identifying features and facilities all its own. If you’re wondering what the university has to offer you, then a gander at the following.
Among the Crème de la Crème
In past articles, I noted how several Philippine universities made the prestigious Times Higher Education Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings in 2008. It just so happens that DLSU is right in there along with other heavy hitters like UP, UST and Ateneo.
Since no one really becomes successful on their own, DLSU has seen it fit to take part in a consortium of agreements with other well-known schools. These universities include Adamson University, the University of the Philippines and even arch-rival Ateneo de Manila. Basically, all these learning institutions work together, share knowledge and facilitate exchange programs.
From Whence It Came
De La Salle University’s history also goes way back to 1911. The institution stands about among the top Catholic universities in the country in the sense that it was established by foreign lay religious instead of foreign priests. The brothers under St. Baptist de La Salle helped make the institution that bears his name what it is today.
Despite having gone through some tough times (including a massacre of nearly all the resident Christian brothers during World War 2), the survivors managed to pick up the pieces and move on. This resulted in the expansion of many academic programs and the establishment of the university’s notable trimester system.
If you’re looking for more multimedia-based learning experience, then DLSU has it in abundance. Its famous e-classroom throws in dual screen projectors, video, audio and even an interactive distance learning system named ROBOTEL.
The institution is also recognized as the very first Philippine university to have received a full internet connection way back in the early 1990s. It’s an invaluable asset, which has led to the University Library’s tie-ups with other esteemed university libraries.
If it’s one other thing that DLSU has plenty of, it’s laboratories. In fact, each and every college on campus –from the College of Computer Studies to the College of Engineering – has its own native lab. Students of any course may perform experiments to their hearts content without having to borrow another college’s lab
Helping the Atheletes, the Connoisseurs and the Handicapped
Looking for a place for physical training or a place where you can vent off some steam? Look no further than the Enrique M. Razon Sports Center. The center’s highlights include multi-level parking, volleyball and basketball courts and a swimming pool fit for Olympians.
In keeping with the La Sallian brothers’ principles, the university has also installed physically-handicapped-friendly facilities. These come in the form of ramps, elevators and special toilet cubicles.
Finally, if you’re an aesthete, you owe it to yourself to visit the University Museum. Bask in the glory of unabashed expression (Works from such famous artists as Fernando Amorsolo and Vicente Manansala are on display.). Alternatively, you may also take a closer look at the Brother Andrew Gonzales Hall and appreciate its progenitor’s modern take on neoclassical architecture.
A Final Word
If you’re tired of the traditional semester system that other schools have to offer, DLSU’s tried and true trimesters may be just the change of pace you need. That means you’ll have to pass the DLSUCET first, but we’ll take a closer look at that in another article.