The Dawning of a New College: History of CICT
Aurora P. Tolentino, PhD
VP for Academic Affairs and Former Dean of the College of ICT
Welcome to the College of Information and Communications Technology (CICT) at the University of Batangas!
The University of Batangas is driven by a mission to provide a liberal education that seeks truth, knowledge, and wisdom. Within the university, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) plays a pivotal role in fulfilling this mission, as it is primarily responsible for delivering essential general education to our students.
In its early years, the Computer Education Department was part of CAS, responsible for teaching fundamental computer subjects across various disciplines. Over time, it expanded to offer specialized programs such as BS Computer Science, Associate in Computer Technology, and BS in Information Systems. Starting with just 60 BSCS students in 1991, our enrollment steadily increased, reaching its peak with nearly 1664 students in SY 1997-98.
Through research conducted under the Center for Research and Publication in SY 2000-2001, it became clear that separating the Computer Education Department from CAS would lead to better organization and administration of IT programs. Given the field’s relevance and enrollment trends, it was an opportune moment for this shift.
The separation allowed the College of Information and Communications Technology (CICT) to emerge as an independent college in the first semester of SY 2009-2010, with 552 students enrolled in BS in Computer Science, BS in Information Technology, BS in Information Systems, and Associate in Computer Technology.
As one of the newest colleges, CICT wasted no time in launching impactful activities. We initiated the BYTe CAMP (Be a Young Techie: Computer Advancement Mentoring Program) as a community extension activity, providing computer-related skills training both on and off-campus. To unite alumni of computer courses, we introduced the “Raging Brahman Fun Run.” Our commitment to research led to the creation of our official research journal, “The HUB,” where our faculty and students have excelled. Our students have also achieved national and international certifications from industry-leading companies.
Today, CICT continues to innovate by introducing programs like Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) in 2018, producing licensed librarians. We are dedicated to providing our graduates with certification opportunities, ranging from National Certifications (NC) of TESDA to vendor certifications such as Amazon Web Services (AWS). Many of our alumni have made their mark in the computing and information technology fields, both locally and internationally, contributing to the enduring legacy of BRAHMAN and the UBIAN spirit.
Join us on a journey of exploration, innovation, and excellence in information and communications technology. Discover your potential and become a part of the CICT legacy at the University of Batangas
VP for Academic Affairs and Former Dean of the College of ICT
The mission statement of the University of Batangas centers on providing liberal education in the quest for truth, knowledge and wisdom. Among the colleges in the university, the College of Arts and Sciences plays the prominent role of attaining this mission because it is primarily tasked to provide general or basic education to the studentry.
Since its inception, the Computer Education Department has been attached to the CAS. It takes care of the basic computer subjects for other colleges and of programs such as BS Computer Science, Associate in Computer Technology and BS in Information Systems. From a humble 60 BSCS students in 1991, the number of enrollees continuously increased and reached its peak with almost 1664 students in SY 1997-98.
In the basic research conducted under the Center for Research and Publication in SY 2000-2001, the researcher recommended the separation of the Computer Education Department from CAS, citing better organization and administration of IT programs as main objective. Considering the relevance of the field and the enrollment trend, it is but timely that the school leadership considers the recommendation. With the end view of providing quality education, the separation of the Computer Education Department will provide a wider range of options for CAS to improve the basic/ general education and the Bachelor in Arts programs such as AB Communication, AB Political Science and AB Psychology. Likewise, with the objective of increasing the enrolment share, the college of computer studies may be more focused in realigning and improving the computer related programs to be more responsive to the needs of the industry.
With the recommendation of the committee created by the University President Hernando B. Perez and with the approval of the Board of Regents, the College of Information and Communications Technology (CICT) was formally separated from CAS and was launched as an independent college in the first semester of SY 2009-2010 with a total of 552 students enrolled in BS in Computer Science, BS in Information Technology, BS in Information Systems and Associate in Computer Technology.
Unfazed of being one of the newest colleges, CICT conducted numerous successful activities on its early years. It launched the BYTe CAMP, Be a Young Techie: Computer Advancement Mentoring Program, as a community extension activity which aims to conduct on- and off-campus training in computer-related skills. To organize the alumni of computer courses, the college spearheaded the “Raging Brahman Fun Run”. In the field of research and in line with the university’s vision to provide technology- and research-driven learning environment, CICT has launched the official research journal called, The HUB. Its faculty and students earn distinctions in the field of research. Students pass national and international certifications given by leading companies of the industry. And true to its vision, the college produces graduates who are starting to curve their own niche in the field of computing and information technology.
Today, the College of ICT continues to blaze new trails in offering IT-based education. It welcomed in its fold the Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) in 2018 and had been successfully producing licensed librarians over the years. CICT continues to commit itself to producing world-class and internationalization-ready graduates by providing certification opportunities ranging from National Certifications (NC) of TESDA to vendor certifications like Amazon web services (AWS). The college is proud to have mentored successful alumni, practicing and continuously honing their craft here and abroad, helping cement the BRAHMAN legacy and the mark of a true UBIAN