|Founders and History|
The Liceo de Cagayan was founded in 1955 by Atty. Rodolfo N. Pelaez of Cagayan de Oro and his wife, Elsa P. Pelaez of Cebu City.
A post liberation institution, the Liceo de Cagayan University was founded in 1955 by the late Atty.Rodolfo Neri Pelaez of Cagayan de Oro City and his wife, the late Elsa Pelaez Pelaez of Cebu City with the primary vision of affording the youth in Northern Mindanao an opportunity to pursue relevant, quality education and facilitating their total formation anchored in moral values and Christian precepts.
During her first 25 years , the Liceo de Cagayan University was exclusively a tertiary-level institution offering courses in law, commerce, engineering and liberal arts. It was not until 1981 when the Basic Education Department, consisting of the primary and secondary levels, completed the three curricular levels that the University is currently offering.
The Liceo University pioneered in the offering of such courses as Nursing (both baccalaureate and graduate degrees), Physical Therapy, Radiologic Technology, Computer Engineering, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Tourism, and Computer Information Systems in Cagayan de Oro. Graduates of these courses have positioned themselves in filling the manpower requirements in these areas to support both developed and developing economics. In 1998, the University became the first in the country to offer a graduate program, the Diploma/Master of Local Governance Scholarship Program funded by the Canadian government and the Civil Service Commission. Moreover, innovative programs in Management, including Engineering, Environmental and Human Resource Management in both graduate and post-graduate levels have made it possible for the local executives and managers in business, academe, and government to update and upgrade themselves in their individual attempts to contribute towards the achievement of greater productivity, attainment of professional growth, and enjoyment of a heightened sense of self-fulfillment. With the advent of the age of computer technology, the University blazed the trail among local schools in offering Information Technology courses. In state-of-the-art laboratories, Liceans get connected to the global networks of information by surfing the information superhighway.
With seven curricular offerings already accredited and other departments due to undergo accreditation, Liceo University is the only school in the city with that much number of accredited programs.
As a Top Performing School nationwide in the licensure examinations given by the Professional Regulations Commission, the LDCU was rated No.1 in Radiologic Technology in 1996 and 1997; No.2 in Physical Therapy (second only to UP) in the category of 25-50 graduates fielded between 1992-1996; No.3 in X-Ray technologists; No.6 in Nursing. She was named the Center of Excellence for Nursing Education in Regions X, XII and the CARAGA. Moreover, she was awarded the title Most Effective Private Secondary School in the Division and Regional Levels by the DECS in 1996.In 1998, she was ranked by the Supreme Court of the Philippines as the No. 4 Law School nationwide. Students continue to land in the top ten or top 20 places in licensure exams, and, in Radiologic Technology, the First Place was garnered a number of times, the latest being in the 2002 board exams.
Complementing the academic curricular offerings of Liceo de Cagayan University is a strong commitment to community development.
The University's health-related department is an active participant in the universal effort to enhance the quality of life through a well-balanced global population. As a grantee of the US AID-funded Philippine Center for Population and Development through its agency, the Health Resource Development Program, the Liceo University has been in the forefront as health workers in the depressed and underserved communities of the city. She was a recipient of another grant specifically to raise awareness and prevent HIV among women under the PHANSUP program.
Expanding this thrust, there is now an institution-wide comprehensive effort in Liceo University to deliver social, educational, livelihood, sanitation, and literacy programs as well as a consciousness for natural resources conservation through a community immersion program in the most rural among rural communities.
Moreover, the University has made the protection, preservation and enhancement of the Cagayan de Oro River as its flagship community extension project, known as Safer River, Life Saver which has been recently converted into a Foundation. Measures have already been initiated to assemble and catalyze a multi-sectoral approach to drum up support and community consciousness towards this end.
The University has a fully organized Research Department whose objective is to institutionalize a Research culture in the University as a strategy to improve the quality of the institution, the city and the region that she serves as Research outputs are viewed to find application in academe, business and industry.