Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering refers to the application of engineering science and designs to the processes and systems involved in the sustainable production, post production and processing of safe food, feed, fiber, timber and other agricultural and biological materials and the efficient utilization, conservation, and management of natural and renewable resources in order to enhance human health in harmony with the environment. Agricultural and biosystems consist of crops, forestry and other plants, poultry, livestock, fisheries and aquaculture resources and other animals, wildlife and other living things.
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1. University of the Philippines Los Banos
Los Banos, Laguna, Calabarzon
The University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB; Filipino: Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Los Baños), also referred to as UP Los Baños or colloquially as Elbi, is a public research university located in the towns of Los Baños and Bay in the province of Laguna, some 64 kilometers southeast of Manila. It traces its roots to the UP College of Agriculture (UPCA), which was founded in 1909 by the American colonial government to promote agricultural education and research in the Philippines. American botanist Edwin Copeland served as its first dean. UPLB was formally established in 1972 following the union of UPCA with four other Los Baños and Diliman-based University of the Philippines (UP) units.
The university has played an influential role in Asian agriculture and biotechnology due to its pioneering efforts in plant breeding and bioengineering, particularly in the development of high-yielding and pest-resistant crops. In recognition of its work, it was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding in 1977. Nine research centers are recognized as Centers of Excellence by presidential decree. UPLB hosts a number of local and international research centers, including the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), ASEAN Center for Biodiversity, World Agroforestry Centre, and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA).
UPLB offers more than 100 degree programs in various disciplines through its nine colleges and two schools. As of Academic Year 2012–2013 the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has accredited nine academic units as Centers of Excellence and two as Centers of Development, giving UPLB the largest number of Centers of Excellence (research and academic units combined) among all universities in the country.
2. Central Luzon State University
Muñoz, Nueva Ecija
Central Luzon State University (CLSU; Filipino: Pamantasang Pampamahalaan ng Gitnang Luzon) is a state university on a 658-hectare campus in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. It is the lead agency of the Muñoz Science Community and the seat of the Regional Research and Development Center in Central Luzon. To date, CLSU is one of the premiere institutions for agriculture in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia known for its research in aquaculture, ruminants, crops, orchard, and water management. It has also been placed between the sixth and the twenty-first spot for the most academically-excellent university in the country for various years, overwhelming most schools in Metro Manila. It has been placed in the 100 most significant schools in Asia numerous times as well.
3. University of Southeastern Philippines - Tagum-Mabini Campus
Tagum City, Davao del Norte
The University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP; Cebuano: Kinatumhaan sa Habagatan Sidlakang Pilipinas, Filipino: Pamantasan ng Timog-Silangang Pilipinas) is a state research university based in Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines. Founded on December 15, 1978, the university is an integration of four state institutions: Mindanao State University-Davao, the University of the Philippines-Master of Management Program in Davao, the Davao School of Arts and Trades, and the Davao National Regional Agricultural School. It was the first state university in Davao Region.
The university has four campuses: Obrero (main) and Mintal campuses in Davao City, Tagum-Mabini Campus which has two units—one in Tagum City in Davao del Norte and one in Mabini in Davao de Oro, and Sto. Tomas External Studies Program Center in Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte.
4. Visayas State University
Baybay City, Leyte
The Visayas State University (VSU; Filipino: Pamantasang Pampamahalaan ng Visayas) is a university located in the city of Baybay, province of Leyte, Philippines. The five-campus VSU system has eight colleges, three institutes and one school. Located in the main campus are the College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Engineering, College of Education, College of Forestry and Environmental Science, College of Arts and Science, College of Nursing, College of Management and Economics,College of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Institute of Strategic Research and Development Studies, and the Graduate School and Special Programs.
Visayas State University is acknowledged by the Philippine Department of Tourism as a tourist destination for its diverse flora and fauna bounding the mainland and sea from side to side. With Mount Pangasugan and the Camotes Sea as VSU's backdrop. VSU administration promotes the school as a "Resort University" for having resorts, seafront suites, cottages, and providing services like bungalows catering to visitors and tourists coming over to the university.
5. Camarines Norte State College - Labo Campus
Labo, Camarines Norte
The University of Camarines Norte, formerly known as Camarines Norte State College is a public college in the Philippines. It is mandated to provide higher technological and professional instruction and training in the fields of economics, agriculture, health, engineering, education, management, finance, accounting, forest research and conservation, business and public administration as well as short-term technical and vocational courses. It is also mandated to provide and promote research and extension services, advanced studies and progressive leadership in all areas of discipline and responsibilities. Its main campus is located in Daet, Camarines Norte.
6. Central Mindanao University
Central Mindanao University (CMU; Filipino: Pamantasan ng Gitnang Mindanao) is a research state university located in the heart of Mindanao Island, province of Bukidnon, Philippines. Founded in 1910, it is one of the oldest premier universities in the southern Philippines. CMU is recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (Philippines) as the Center of Excellence in the field of Agriculture, Forestry, Veterinary Medicine and Biology; and Center of Development in Mathematics, Environmental Science and Teacher Education. In 2017, CMU became the first higher education institution in Mindanao to be awarded with Institutional Accreditation (Level II) by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines.
7. University of Rizal System - Tanay Campus
The University of Rizal System (URS) is a system of colleges located in the Rizal province, Philippines. It operates multiple campuses, with the main campus being in Tanay, Rizal.
It is committed to produce graduates in agriculture, engineering, science and technology, culture and arts, teacher and business education through instruction, research, extension and production services in Region IV.
The university has expanded from its Main campus in Tanay to offer programs to students in the campuses: Antipolo, Angono, Binangonan, Cainta, Cardona, Morong, Pililla, Rodriguez, and Taytay.
8. Mindanao State University - Gensan
General Santos City, South Cotabato
Mindanao State University – General Santos City (MSU-GSC) is a state university based in General Santos City, South Cotabato, Philippines. The Mindanao State University–General Santos was created six years after the establishment of the Mindanao State University Main Campus Marawi City on September 1, 1961. It is one of the state universities of the Philippines with the aim of providing education for the different strategic locations across the island of Mindanao. It is a member of the Mindanao State University System.
The MSU is the only state university in the Philippines with the special mandate of integrating the cultural communities in Mindanao into the mainstream of the nation's socio-cultural and political life by providing them with opportunities for quality and relevant public education for their self-development and providing trained manpower skills and technical know-how for the economic development of the region.
9. Cavite State University - Indang Campus
Cavite State University (CvSU; Filipino: Pamantasang Pampamahalaan ng Cavite) is the premier university of the province of Cavite in the Philippines. Its 70-hectare (170-acre) main campus, known as the Don Severino delas Alas Campus, is located in the Municipality of Indang, Cavite about 60 km (37 mi) southwest of Manila. The educational institution has ten other campuses spread all over the province.
The school was established initially as an intermediate school by the Thomasites, a group of American teachers brought by the United States during the early part of the American colonial period to revamp the system of edecation on in the country. By 1964, the school has grown into a college known as the Don Severino Agricultural College (DSAC). It became a university on January 22, 1998, and was renamed as the Cavite State University.
The Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP) recently conferred the award to Cavite State University (CvSU) as top performing state university during the annual national conference held at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, Cebu City, 7 – 9 March. In 2016, CvSU was also recognized as one of the top ten performing State Universities and Colleges in accreditation, capturing the rank 7 spot. The university is also one of the top three performing schools in the criminology program in the country.
Since then, the university has grown offering close to 100 curricular programs in the undergraduate and graduate levels. It has more than 25,000 students and 1,200 faculty and staff from all eleven campuses.
10. Central Philippines State University - Main Campus
Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental
The Central Philippines State University (CPSU; Filipino: Pamantasang Pampamahalaan ng Gitnang Pilipinas), formerly known as Negros State College of Agriculture, is a public state university in the Philippines. Its main campus is located in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental.
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