Liceo de Cagayan University: A Distinctive Institution of Higher Learning
A Brief History
Founded in 1955 by Atty. Rodolfo N. Pelaez of Cagayan de Oro City and his wife Elsa Pelaez Pelaez of Cebu City, the University was established with the primary vision of extending education to the youths especially those poor but deserving students in Northern Mindanao. Envisioned to make relevant and quality education accessible to the youths, this higher institution of learning was founded to facilitate their total human formation anchored on moral values and Christian precepts.
Liceo de Cagayan University, as a close family corporation, is headed by a president who is appointed by a board of directors. It has a flat and lean administrative structure, making governance and management responsive, effective, and action-oriented.
The University has stood the test of time through a strong, dynamic, and competent leadership at the helm. Upholding the philanthropic vision to serve the educational need of the common man, Atty. Rodolfo N. Pelaez and his wife Elsa P. Pelaez, founded this post-liberation institution in 1955. Succeeding Atty. Rodolfo N. Pelaez, who served as Director of Liceo de Cagayan, Dr. Jose Ma. R. Golez was installed as the first University President in 1997, with a five-year term of office. In 2002, Dr. Rafaelita P. Pelaez, was installed as the second University President and continued to pursue tirelessly the ideals and aspirations of the University’s reason for being. After five years, Dr. Mariano M. Lerin, CPA, was installed in 2007 as the third University president. He is the concurrent University President as of this writing.
After 59 years, Liceo de Cagayan University continues to commit as a Filipino institution of higher learning, the University is committed to the upholding of national identity by instilling in the heart of every student the pride as a Filipino. The University continues to stand for excellence, integrity, loyalty, discipline and service as central to the total human formation of students.
The University believes that educating the youth means instilling in them the commitment to academic excellence through a genuine interest in learning, self-discipline, and personal growth in order to realize their own potentials and to develop into fully integrated persons as they pursue their professional careers to become productive members of society.
A leading academic institution that prepares men and women with minds and hearts true to the Filipino heritage, imbued with a sense of responsible leadership in the various professions, anchored on “total human formation” so as to enhance the quality of work life, in the service of God, Country, and Humanity.
The University is committed to deliver quality education to her constituents through quality instruction, research, and community involvement cognizant of possible opportunities for global integration.
Liceo de Cagayan University is a non-sectarian institution dedicated to the service of the people in the community where she stands, providing students with ample opportunities in the pursuit of knowledge and ultimately in their careers for them to respond effectively to the changing needs and conditions of the world.
As a Filipino institution of higher learning, the University is committed to the infusion of national identity by instilling in the heart of every student the pride as a Filipino. The University believes in the development of discipline, loyalty, integrity, excellence and scholarship through educational programs that preserve the nation’s rich customs, traditions, beliefs, and interests.
Believing that combining work and study, social involvement and academic improvement is a major instrument for greater equity in the quest for a better life, the Liceo de Cagayan University commits to provide students with a dynamic curriculum that covers wide spectrum of educational objectives such as moral character, personal discipline, civic consciousness, citizenship training, and professional expertise enhanced by actual community outreach programs.
The Licean’s awareness of the problems of the community enables him to actively participate in the basic thrust of the programs and projects of the government. The student’s education is his tool in working out a firm foundation for the community. In so doing, Liceo de Cagayan University hopes that the students will be able to contribute to the sublime task of nation building. These beliefs continue to propel the University to produce the true Licean in mind, heart and spirit.
The Core Values
The Core Values guide every undertaking of the University in the fulfillment of its ultimate reason for being. The University stands for Excellence, Integrity, Loyalty, Discipline and Service.
Excellence. Liceo stands for exemplary employees (administrators, faculty and staff) who always act with utmost professionalism and strive to be leaders in developing knowledge by pushing the boundaries of research and in providing inspiring education for students to further their competence, self-reliance, entrepreneurship, and steep in his appreciation of arts, culture and the humanities.
Integrity. Liceo stands for upright administrators, faculty, staff and students who live their life of notable decency by continuously exercising decisions and/or judgments that are morally, spiritually and legally grounded.
Loyalty. Liceo stands for dedicated administrators, faculty, staff and students who continuously encourage fidelity to the university traditions and an unwavering adherence to the ideals and aspirations of the institution that fosters commitment, respectability and nationalism.
Discipline. Liceo stands for administrators, faculty, staff and students who live a life of self-restraint by cultivating prudence and temperance in favor of greater gain beyond his/her own interests.
Service. Liceo stands for administrators, faculty, staff and students who strongly advocate meaningful active involvement in the community to build wholesome and progressive society and to find fulfillment in serving others.
The Core Values are integral to the way the Liceo de Cagayan University operates as an institution of higher learning.