Trivia about Far Eastern University
In 1928, a group of eminent educators led by Dr. Nicanor Reyes, Sr. founded the Institute of Accountancy. And in November 5, 1933, Far Eastern College, a school offering liberal arts courses, merged with the Institute of Accountancy to bolster multidisciplinary degrees in accountancy, business, finance, the arts and sciences, technology, and law.
During the Japanese Occupation, the university was closed down. University records, books, and facilities were burned, and the founder and some members of his family were massacred. With the Liberation of Manila, the university reopened in October, 1945.
The University underwent massive expansion programs to cope up with the increasing student population and demands of a modern and relevant educational system for a developing nation rising from the ashes of war. Many art deco buidings, designed by renowned architect, National Artist Pablo Antonio, were built. The university auditorium became the seat of cultural performances in the country during that time until the Cultural Center of the Philippines was erected. Other institutes were subsequently created, such as the architecture and fine arts, medicine, nursing, and education.
In 1992, a computer technology course offering degrees and certificates in computer science was established in cooperation with East Asia Computer Center, Inc.
Far Eastern University, again, underwent massive revitalization during the incumbency of Dr. Lourdes Reyes-Montinola when she was Chair of the Board of Trustees. The present acting President is Dr. Lydia B. Echauz who replaced Dr. Edilberto C. De Jesus after he was appointed Secretary of the Department of Education by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Today, the Far Eastern University is gearing towards sustained growth and development, continuous improvement in the quality and relevance in teaching, research, and outreach functions and significant strides in the areas of facilities, curricula, and faculty development. Internet laboratories and electronic library were installed to give faculty and students access to the information highway. A foundation was created to shoulder expenses for the advance studies of faculty members here and abroad. International linkages and exchange programs were forged to further educational programs. All these improvements are hinged on the unversity’s legacy of a holistic education that is premised on the fact that whatever benefits an individual gets from the educational process are meant not only for himself, but also for others. As a private and non-sectarian institute of learning, Far Eastern University is dedicated to the intellectual, moral, and economic uplift of the Filipino, particularly the working class or less privileged members of the society.