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FEU Tech History

In 1936, the Commonwealth was two years old and independence was promised a decade hence. The FEU, a private education pioneer, took stock of the emergent nation’s needs. Among its findings was a very pressing need for engineers and technologists to help build the nation. It felt itself challenged and it thus established the Institute of Technology.

An increasing demand for trained engineers and technologists remained. With the government’s accelerated economic recovery program, private businesses establishing more and more factories, and agriculture shifting to mechanization, the demand for trained and skilled personnel was greater than ever. The Institute of Technology helped by filling the country’s needs in this respect.

In 1936, when it was founded, the Institute of Technology initially offered a complete course in civil engineering. The Institute has since added complete courses in six other major fields of technology: architecture, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, and chemistry. A course in geodetic engineering was also started in 1952. However, in 1971, the Department of Architecture was elevated into the Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts and took over the architecture program; the course in chemistry was transferred to the Institute of Arts and Sciences in 1978.

The courses leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in a specific branch of engineering offered by the Institute of Technology were similar in some respects to those of the famed technical institutes and universities in the United States and Europe, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, Cornell University, and California Polytechnic. They, however, were oriented to suit local conditions and to fill the needs of Philippine technological advancement.

The curricula of the Institute of Technology were geared to prepare the students to become highly technical yet practical experts in their specific branch of engineering. To achieve this end, the Institute of Technology has built a strong and well-balanced faculty.

It had a formidable teaching force, composed of the country’s esteemed technological educators and scholars, professors skilled and experienced in the basic sciences, trained technicians, and practicing and consulting professional engineers. The Institute of Technology was also continually expanding its facilities so as to provide its faculty and students with the most complete and modern laboratory in the country. It was in line with this policy that FEU built a seven-story Technology Building in Manila and a building complex on its 46-hectare Quezon City campus.


FEU takes pride in its relentless efforts for academic excellence. For this reason, it conducts a constant review of programs of major tertiary courses. After a thorough study of the Technology Program, the administration decided to phase it out in favor of a computer technology program forged with East Asia Computer Center, Inc., which offered degrees in Computer Science in 1992. In July 1991, SM Foundation and IBM Philippines set up the Asia Pacific Computer Technology Center (APCTC). Six months later, APCTC collaborated with Far Eastern University (FEU) and Intelligent Wave, Inc. (IWI) and set up a computer school, which was subsequently called East Asia Computer Center. Later, the name was changed to East Asia Institute of Computer Technology (EAICT). Initially, the only degree offered was a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science (BSCIS). In 1994, EAICT started to offer the degree of Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCOE).

On September 30, 1998, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) noted the change in the name of East Asia Institute of Computer Technology (EAICT) to East Asia College of Information Technology (EACIT).

On February 24, 2000, EACIT was identified by CHED as a Center of Development for Excellence (CODE) in Information Technology Education in the National Capital Region.

In 2001, EACIT sought the approval of CHED to offer additional courses leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Bachelor of Science in Information Management. Both courses gained full recognition in April 2004.

In 2002, FEU acquired the controlling stock of EACIT and gained full control of the College.

In 2003, the FEU Administration took a big step in merging the College of Engineering and East Asia College of Information Technology. The combined resources and efforts of both Colleges resulted in the merged FEU – East Asia College (FEU—EAC) with the re-organized vision and mission.

In 2014, FEU–East Asia College was re-named back to its roots as FEU Institute of Technology, also known as FEU Tech.