Visayas State University

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Visayas State University is a center of excellence in agriculture, agricultural engineering and forestry.
Visayas State University


Type of Organization State University
Headquarters Baybay
Location Visca, Baybay City, Philippines 6521-A
Date Formed June 2, 1924
Official Website [1]



The Visayas State University (VSU) was first established on June 2, 1924 as the Baybay Agricultural School (BAS) through a Provincial Board Resolution. In 1934, the school was renamed Baybay Agricultural High School (BAHS). It was converted into the Baybay National Agricultural School (BNAS) upon the approval of Commonwealth Act No. 313 in 1938. Twelve years later, it became co-educational when vocational homemaking was introduced in 1950. In 1952, the BS in Agricultural Education and Associate in Agricultural Education were offered. BNAS was converted into the Visayas Agricultural College (VAC) by virtue of Republic Act (RA) No. 2831 issued in 1960. The College was elevated into the Visayas State College of Agriculture (ViSCA) through Presidential Decree (PD) No. 470 issued on May 24, 1974 and amended by PD No. 700 on May 12, 1975. ViSCA was transformed into the Leyte State University (LSU) by virtue of RA No. 9158 issued on August 11, 2001. On April 27, 2007, Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo approved into law Republic Act No. 9437, which converted Leyte State University (LSU) to Visayas State University (VSU). The Act was passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on May 29, 2006 and February 19, 2007, respectively.

VSU's conversion into a state university implemented the program of the Philippine government to develop three key agricultural universities to serve the major regions of the country: for the Visayas, the Visayas State University (VSU); for Mindanao, the Central Mindanao University (CMU); and for Luzon, the Central Luzon State University (CLSU). The need to establish three Zonal Agricultural Universities (ZAUs) is in response to the call for regional centers of excellence in agriculture education and rural development. Hence, agricultural projects support funds from the World Bank were granted to CMU and CLSU in 1972 and to VSU in 1976.


VSU as center of excellence in education and research in agriculture and allied fields in the Visayas


Attainment of the highest quality of human capital and scientific knowledge for the sustained growth and development of agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and agro-industries


  • Produce high and middle-level quality manpower in agriculture and allied fields to serve the development needs of the region.
  • Generate agricultural production and processing technologies and technology dissemination strategies adaptable to small farms.
  • Search for ideas that promote effective policy formulation and management of rural development programs.
  • Improve the productivity, profitability, equity, and well-being of the Visayan farmers and their household members through ecologically sound natural resources management.
  • Promote effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity in the operation of the university system.


  • To strive for excellence in agriculture education for regional and rural development.
  • To sharpen its focus on impact programs and projects in instruction, research, and the application of new knowledge for the well-being of the small Visayan farmers and rural families.
  • To build enduring linkages with national and international institutions and agencies for the promotion of relevant instruction, meaningful research, and effective transmission of useful knowledge in the rural communities in the Visayas.

VSU System

At present, VSU System has 10 colleges, three institutes and one school. VSU also has Open University which takes care of the distance education program.

  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Forestry
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • College of Engineering and Agri-Industries
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Fisheries (VSU-Tolosa Campus)
  • College of Agri-Industrial Technology (VSU-Isabel Campus)
  • College of Environmental and Agricultural Technology (VSU-Alangalang Campus)
  • College of Education and Agricultural Technology (VSU-Villaba Campus),
  • Institute of Human Kinetics
  • Institute of Tropical Ecology
  • Institute for Strategic Research and Development Studies
  • Graduate School

University Main Campus

VSU main campus is located in Barangay Pangasugan,Baybay, Leyte. It has 188 buildings: 21 student dormitories, 75 staff houses, 17 academic buildings, 2 Administration buildings, and 63 others which include the Main Library, Student Union, Convention Center, Center for Continuing Education, Infirmary, Guesthouse, Hostel, Pavilion, Cebu and Manila offices, market, cafeteria, high school, elementary, workshop, DASVM auxiliary, gymnatorium, marine laboratory, fuel depot, power house, motor pool, garage, nurseries, barns, and 9 research/training centers


Through the years, VSU received several awards and merits.

  • Identified by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as Center of Excellence in Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, and Forestry (2000) and Zonal Research Center in Region 8 (2000-2003)
  • Accredited by the Bureau of Immigration to accept international students into its degree programs (2000)
  • Gintong Ani Awardee of the Department of Agriculture (1988)
  • Tanglaw Awardee from the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) (1977 and 1980)
  • Lead Institution of the Visayas Consortium of Agricultural Resources Program (VICARP) since 1978 * Granted a World Bank (WB) Agricultural Support Fund (1976)
  • Multi-commodity research center in the Visayas since 1975
  • Zonal Agricultural University in the Visayas since 1975



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