José Rizal University

José Rizal University
Pamantasang José Rizal
Jose Rizal University seal.svg
Former names
Far Eastern College
José Rizal College
MottoWe care about good education.
TypePrivate, Nonsectarian
Established1919; 101 years ago (1919)
FounderDon Vicente Fabella
Academic affiliations
PresidentVicente K. Fabella
No. 80 corner Shaw Boulevard and Kalentong St. Mandaluyong
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Alma Mater songHimno Jose Rizal
ColorsBlue      and      gold
AthleticsVarsity team names:
Heavy Bombers
(college men's varsity teams)
Lady Bombers
(college women's varsity teams)
Light Bombers
(High School varsity teams)
Sporting affiliations
NCAA (Philippines)
Facade of the university
The JRU Campus

José Rizal University (JRU) (Formerly José Rizal College / JRC) is a non-sectarian, non-stock private educational institution. Located at Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City, Philippines, it was founded in 1919 by Don Vicente Fabella, the Philippines' first certified accountant.

José Rizal University joined the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 1927. The college varsity teams are called 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 established in 1919 by Vicente Fabella.[1] Fabella was the first Filipino certified public accountant. The university was originally known as Far Eastern College Schools of Accounts, Commerce and Finance and was situated along Arlegui Street. In 1921, it transferred to Hidalgo Street and changed its name to José Rizal College the year after.[2]

It closed operations throughout the Japanese occupation of the Philippines as Fabella joined the guerrilla movement. The closure was also a symbol of opposition against the Japanese. After the Second World War, in 1946, it reopened and moved to its present location in Mandaluyong in 1949.[2]

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 1932 and who subsequently became the seventh President of the Philippines.

José Rizal University was declared a university by the Commission on Higher Education in 2000.[2] It was granted autonomous status by CHED "from 6 October 2009 to 5 October 2012".[3][4] 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.[5]

Academic programs[edit]

Law School[edit]


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[edit]

  • Doctor in Business Administration (D.B.A.)
  • Doctor in Public Administration (D.P.A.)
  • Master in Business Administration (M.B.A.)
  • Master in Public Administration (M.P.A.)
  • Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.)


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

  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (B.S.A.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) - CHED Center of Development
    • Major in Accounting
    • Major in Computer Science
    • Major in Economics
    • Major in Finance
    • Major in Management
    • Major in Marketing
    • Major in Secretarial Science
    • Major in Service Management for BPO
    • Major in Supply Chain Management
    • Major in Office Management

Hospitality and Tourism

  • Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management (B.S.H.R.M.)
    • Major in Cruise Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management (B.S.T.M.)

Liberal Arts

  • Bachelor of Arts (A.B.)
    • in English
    • in Mathematics
    • in Psychology
    • in History


  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (B.S.Cp.E.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communication Engineering (B.S.E.C.E.)

Information Technology

  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (B.S.I.T.)
    • Major in Animation and Game Development


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)


  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology (B.S.C.)

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, the Central Student Council 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 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

  • MANSOC - Management Society
  • MATHSOC - Mathematics Society
  • YES - Young Educators Society
  • COMSOC - Computer Society
  • - JRU Chapter - Formerly ACES (Auxiliary of Computer Engineering Students)
  • ASH - Association of Students in History (formerly History Society)
  • ATOMS - Association of Tourism Management Students
  • JPIA - Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants
  • JFINECS - Junior Finance and Economics Society (formerly Finance Society)
  • LASO - Liberal Arts Students Organization (Formerly Communication Arts Society)
  • HHRS - Hospitality Hotelier and Restaurateurs Society
  • YMA - Young Marketers Association
  • SMS - Supply Management Society (Formerly Supply Management Elites)
  • Teatro Rizal
  • Jose Rizal University Book Buddies
  • Jose Rizal University Chorale
  • Jose Rizal University Dance Troupe
  • Jose Rizal University Pep Squad

High school[edit]

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.


José Rizal University has participated in the NCAA Philippines since 1927. The Bombers emblem features a man riding 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 Bombers" for the women's teams.

Notable alumni[edit]

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. ^ Adonis, Meg. "'Rizals' of today". Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  2. ^ a b c "Jose Rizal University unveils its historical marker". GMA News Online. Retrieved 2019-06-22.
  3. ^ Ched Resolution 013-2009
  4. ^ "rpt2009HEIDirectory" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-06-14.
  5. ^ "plus 2 more granted later in October 2009". Archived from the original on 2015-06-20. Retrieved 2020-02-09.
  6. ^ "Ramon Magsaysay". Presidential Museum and Library. Retrieved July 7, 2018.

External links[edit]

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