Far Eastern University

Pamantasan ng Dulong Silangan sa Lungsod ng Maynila



Love of Fatherland and God




Private, non-sectarian


Lydia B. Echauz, DBA




Metro Manila


40,000 m²


Mighty Tamaraw


15px Green and gold


Far Eastern University (FEU) (Template:Pse) in the City of Manila, West Sampaloc, University Belt area is a nonsectarian, private university in the Philippines. Created by the merger of Far Eastern College and the Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance, FEU became a university in 1934 under the guidance of first president Nicanor Reyes, Sr. It soon became the leading proprietary, for-profit university in the Philippines.[1] FEU's campus is noted for a number of historical buildings preserved from the first half of the 20th century.

Presidents of
Far Eastern University
Nicanor I. Reyes Sr., 1934-1942
Hermenigildo B. Reyes, 1945-1946
Clemente Q. Uson, 1946-1949
Vidal A. Tan, 1949-1952
Teodoro T. Evangelista, 1952-1970
Nicanor M. Reyes Jr., 1970-1985
Josephine Cojuangco-Reyes, 1985-1989
Felixberto C. Sta. Maria, 1989-1995
Edilberto C. de Jesus, 1995-2002
Lydia B. Echauz, 2002–present

Far Eastern University was founded in 1934 when the Far Eastern College and the Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance (IABF) merged.[1][2] Far Eastern College, founded in 1919, had been a liberal arts college in Quiapo; the IABF had been established (originally under the name Institute of Accountancy) by Nicanor Reyes, Sr., head of the Department of Economics of the University of the Philippines, with a number of other prominent educators in 1928.[2][3] IABF had been originally predominately used by night students, and the new university, which was supported by the tuition provided by its students rather than government grants, soon demonstrated that a private university was financially sustainable in the Philippines.[2][3]

In its earliest days, FEU was housed in a converted tobacco factory already present on the four hectare (nearly 10 acre) plot which would eventually host the current campus.[2][3] Reyes Sr. was appointed the first president of the University, which spent its early years establishing several of its institutes, including those of Law and Technology. Reyes commissioned Pablo Antonio, who would later be titled National Artist of the Philippines, to construct a building for the school.[4] In 1939, the Nicanor Reyes Hall, which would later house the library and Institute of Accounting, Business and Finance, opened. Two other buildings by Antonio, the Girls’ High School Building and Boys High School Building, followed in 1940 and 1941,[4] by which year FEU had 10,000 registered students, with an international student population of 400.[5]

During World War II, the campus was occupied by the Imperial Japanese Army, who left only its shell unharmed.[3] Dr. Nicanor Reyes having been killed during the occupation, Dr. Hermenigildo B. Reyes was appointed the second president of the University when it reopened in 1945.[3]

Thereafter, FEU continued to expand, with the opening of a Science Building and the establishment of the Institute of Medicine and the School of Nursing. In 1955, the FEU hospital was opened. Humanities were introduced in 1959, and in 1970 the Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts opened. Also in 1970, the for-profit status of the Institute of Medicine, School of Medical Technology, FEU Hospital and the Student Health Service Clinic was altered, when these were converted in the FEU Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation, a non-stock, non-profit educational foundation.[3]

1989 introduced substantial revitalization to FEU that took place over a number of years, with renovation and modernization of facilities and grounds and upgrading of the University's educational standard. This resulted in the accreditation of the Institute of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Education, and the Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance, and, in the mid-1990s, the deregulation of the University by the Commission on Higher Education. The auditorium was upgraded to accommodate modern stage productions and the new twice-monthly presentations by local and international artists established by the President's Committee on Culture. The University also prioritized publication, launching a number of scholarly journals, and began networking with other institutions nationally and abroad.[3]


Among the buildings on FEU's campus complex, five by Pablo Antonio garnered recognition for FEU in 2005 from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), who bestowed the Asia Pacific Heritage Award for Cultural Heritage on the university for "the outstanding preservation of its Art Deco structures."[4] The buildings include the Nicanor Reyes Hall, the FEU East Asia College of Engineering and Computer Studies, the Law and Nursing Building, Auditorium/Administration Building and the Science Building. The buildings were constructed over a period of years ranging from 1939 to 1950 and reflect Antonio's evolution from Art Deco to the International Style popularized in the area after World War II.[4] The Cultural Center of the Philippines also recognized the historical legacy of the buildings with a marker. Other historical buildings on the campus include the 1950s FEU Chapel, FEU Hospital, and the Arts and Sciences Building, which also represent the International Style. Template:Gallery

Academic unitsEdit

  • Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance (IABF) - LEVEL III
  • Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts (IARFA) - LEVEL II
  • Institute of Arts and Sciences (IAS) - LEVEL III
  • Institute of Education (IE) - LEVEL II
  • Institute of Nursing (IN) - Virtual Nursing Lab, Joint Commission compliant, First in the Philippines
  • Institute of Law (IL)
  • Associate in Health Science Education (AHSE)
  • Teacher's Academy
  • College of Computer Studies (CCS) - EAC - LEVEL III Center of Development in I.T. Education
  • College of Engineering (CoE) - EAC - LEVEL II
  • Institute of Medicine (IM) - NRMF - LEVEL III Center of Excellence in Medical Education
  • School of Medical Technology - NRMF - LEVEL III
  • School of Physical Therapy - NRMF - LEVEL III
  • IT and Business School - FERN - LEVEL I
  • Basic Education - FERN

Institutes, Colleges, and Schools of FEUEdit

Far Eastern University- Manila (Main)[3]

  • Tertiary Programs
    • Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM)
    • Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management (BSTM)
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, major in Financial Management (BSBA-FM)
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, major in Marketing Management (BSBA-FM)
    • Bachelor of Elementary Education General (BEED General)
    • Bachelor of Elementary Education, Major in Early Childhood Education (BEED ECE)
    • Bachelor of Elementary Education, Major in Special Education (BEED SPED)
    • Bachelor of Secondary Education, major in English (BSED English)



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A member of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, FEU participates in 19 UAAP sports, including Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Chess Fencing, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, and Volleyball for both men and women.Template:Citation needed Among the many athletes who have attended FEU are Lydia De Vega, Elma Muros, Anthony Villanueva, and Johnny Abarrientos.Template:Citation needed FEU's teams are named after the tamaraw, a buffalo with a reputation for ferocity.[9]


  • The FEU Advocate (Official Student Publication of Far Eastern University)
  • Ambon
  • Arts and Sciences Review
  • IABF The Podium (The Official Student Publication of Institute of Accounts, Business, and Finance)
  • IAS Paragon (Official Publication of the Institute of Arts and Sciences)
  • Cultural Forum
  • FEU-CSO Report
  • FEU Journal
  • FEU Newsletter
  • Tambuli (administrative publication)
  • The Lamp (Official Publication of the Institute of Nursing)
  • Transition (published annually by the President's Committee on Culture)
  • The Altruist (Official Publication of the Tamaraw Volunteers)
  • Circle Magazine (Official Publication of the Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts)
  • The Podium (Official Student Publication of the Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance)


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  6. FEU East Asia College Date accessed 2009-09-13
  7. FEU-NRMF : Meeting the Challenges of the Changing Times Date accessed 2009-09-13
  8. FEU FERN College Date accessed 2009-09-13
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Further readingEdit

  • Far Eastern University alumni achievers : diamond edition 2003. Published by the Far Eastern University in the City of Manila, 2003.
  • Art and culture @ Far Eastern University. Nick Agudo . . . [et al.]; Sylvia Roces Montilla, editor-in-chief, production director; Alfredo Roces, book & jacket design; Rafael R. Montinolla, technical consultant; Philip Escudero, Neal Oshima, Alfredo Roces, photography. Published by the Far Eastern University in the City of Manila, 2003.
  • FEU: the practical vision of Nicanor Reyes. By Beth Romulo, Philippine Panorama 32(10): 6 Mr 16, 2003
  • FEU Auditorium : a golden heritage : the premier cultural center, 1949-1999. By Sylvia R. Montilla, ©2000 Published by Far Eastern University in the City of Manila
  • Breaking The Silence. By Lourdes Montinola, ©1998 Published by University of the Philippines Press - ISBN 971-542-128-8
  • Mr. FEU: The Culture Hero That was Nicanor Reyes. By Nick Joaquin, ©1995 Published by FEU, Manila - ISBN 971-687-001-X
  • History of the Far Eastern University. By Lucila Amparo, (Thesis, M.A. in History, FEU - Institute of Graduate Studies) 1955
  • FEU Green and Gold, 1948-1949. Published by the Far Eastern University in the City of Manila, 1949

External linksEdit


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